The Mason Jar – James Russel Lingerfelt

Hi again guys!

Wow, this Kindle that I got for Christmas really speeds up the reading process! It helps that the book I’m reading is good too of course!

Eden and Finn meet for the first time on the Pepperdine Lacrosse field. Right away they both know that there is a special bond between them and that nobody or nothing can tear them apart. After visiting Colorado together for Eden’s birthday she all of a sudden disappears. Finn hear’s nothing from her except for the note she left for him in her college dorm. Her friends know nothing and neither does her professors. Where did she go? How could she disappear out of thin air? Finn is heartbroken and hurt and he doesn’t know how to go on living without Eden. 

Lingerfelt have by some been called ‘the new Nicholas Sparks’ and I can understand why. Still, after reading several Sparks’ novels I still find their style of writing somewhat different. Lingerfelt writes a little bit more challenging than Sparks’ and there were small parts of the book where I had to reread a few sentences just to make sure that I had gotten everything right. This is not a bad thing, but I think people expect easy reading when they pick up a romance novel, so reading a romantic novel that sometimes challenges you due to its wording is quite amusing. That being said I enjoyed the story. Lingerfelt writes from the male perspective and I think I prefer that compared to the female view. Maybe it will help me understand men better? Who knows? Anyway, I think it is refreshing to read a romantic novel from the male perspective because there are sooooo many romantic novels out there written in the female perspective. It’s nothing wrong with the female perspective, but sometimes it’s good to exchange one view for the other.

The story in itself is good, it is a love story so ‘of course’ it’s going to end well. The characters are amusing and I especially loves Finn’s grandpa. To me, he sounds like a wise old man who has lived a long life and learnt many lessons which he now forwards to Finn. A special thing between Finn and his grandpa is that they leave letters for each other in a mason jar, which I assume is where the book got its name. I was wondering for a while where the name came from, but as in almost every book, it revealed itself if I just kept reading. A part of the book I quite enjoyed was the part about Africa (#possiblespoiler). The way Lingerfelt describes the nature made me really visualize the nature surrounding the orphanage. The way Finn thinks and explore himself when he is down there is also an important part of understanding the whole of Finn as a character. I think everyone who has ever been heartbroken or hurt by a loved one can relate to Finn and his feeling which Lingerfelt is also good a describing so they become quite easy to visualize, though I think you must have felt it to truly understand. This is a book filled with love, hurt, loss and personal development.

What I wasn’t too excited about was the ending. I felt that it was kind of abrupt and that wasn’t what I expected. I was expecting a little bit more about what happens after the Homecoming at Pepperdine, but it just suddenly stopped. Maybe there will be a sequel? I’m not a fan of abrupt endings, because I prefer a neat wrapping of everything. An abrupt ending leaves you with questions which is why I’m thinking that it may be a sequel. I’m sure I’m not the only one with questions after reading this book and how it ended. I liked the way the ending built up towards its peak, but I felt that when I reached the ending I was just staring blankly down the abrupt ending. Kind of like a steep mountain hill. Well, I assume you can’t be happy with everything all the time right? I think I will just have to settle for that maybe there will be a sequel to answer my questions on a later basis.

Published: 2011

Genre: Romantic novel

Theme: Love, family, loss, hurt, personal development

– The Book Reader

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