The Mason Jar~James Russell Lingerfelt~Book Review

by adustyframe ~ October 19th, 2014


What can I say about this book?

Hmmm…..I loved the cover…..

This book really wasn’t very good. The writing included WAY too man details…for example…one scene describes everything they ate and that they ate at a square table….a square table? The shape of the table usually adds nothing to the story unless one is upping the word count.

As I read, the only thing I wanted to know was why she left. Even that was odd…absolutely no explanation? Her father being so rough with her? Nah….just odd.

It mostly seemed to be an ad for micro-lending in disadvantaged countries. I’m not opposed to that and actually think it’s a great idea….just not something to be included in so much of a story.

So while this book included far too many mundane details a lot was left out. The plot wasn’t really there and the characters were a little shallow and not developed very well. There was also occasions where the paragraph was all past tense and suddenly a sentence in present tense….just not an enjoyable read for me.

The love scenes were “clean” but rather icky-TMI and a little suggestive. I went to his website and read that he hired a best selling Er*tic* (stars to keep people from finding my blog with that word) novelist to edit his book since modern romances are just basically clean er*tic*…..UMMMM I would have liked to have known that before I read his book. Not my type of book, genre, method AT ALL. Explains the weird love scenes. Like I said there was nothing explicit they were just weird.

Even at the end when what happened was painfully obvious it would happen…well it was just so so. Nothing exciting just “bam” it happened and the book ended.

I’m going to include the “about the book” but I personally do not feel it’s anything like a Nicholas Sparks book or that it’s interwoven with Thoreau, etc.

I’m sorry to say that the basic idea of this story sounds wonderful but the book just didn’t click with me at all. I’m also going to say the obvious—no I haven’t ever published a book and I KNOW writing a book is hard hard work. I do however know good books when I read them and since I know sometimes people purchase things based on my recommendations, I will not say a book was great if in my opinion it was not.

If you want to see if anyone else shared my opinion you can check out more reviews at the Litfuse page.

About the book: 

What if your old college roommate called, raving about a book someone sent her, calling it the most beautiful book she’s ever read? “But,” she said, “it’s about you.” The author is your college ex.

In The Mason Jar, Clayton Fincannon is a Tennessee farm boy raised at the feet of his grandfather. He and his grandfather leave letters for each other in a Mason jar on his grandfather’s desk—letters of counsel and affirmation. When Clayton attends college in Southern California, he meets and falls in love with a dark debutante from Colorado. However, when an unmentioned past resurrects in her life and she leaves, Clayton is left with unanswered questions.

Clayton goes on to serve as a missionary in Africa, while he and his grandfather continue their tradition of writing letters. When Clayton returns home five years later to bury his grandfather, he searches for answers pertaining to the loss of the young woman he once loved. Little does Clayton know, the answers await him in the broken Mason jar.

A story about a girl who vanished, a former love who wrote a book about her, and a reunion they never imagined.

Written for the bruised and broken, The Mason Jar is an inspirational romance that brings hope to people who have experienced disappointment in life due to separation from loved ones. With a redemptive ending that encourages us to love again and written in the fresh, romantic tones of Nicholas Sparks, The Mason Jar interweaves the imagery of Thoreau with the adventures and climatic family struggles common to Dances with Wolves, A River Runs Through It, and Legends of the Fall.

James Russell Lingerfelt‘s debut novel, The Mason Jar, is hot-off-the-press and causing quite the buzz. It’s even been optioned for a feature film and is in pre-production.

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Disclosure~I received a copy of this book in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.


1 Thought Shared to The Mason Jar~James Russell Lingerfelt~Book Review

  1. Barbara H.

    That’s too bad – the premise does sound interesting.

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