The Mason Jar by James Russell Lingerfelt

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“You might believe that you must

stop loving Eden, but that’s not true. We can love even when we know that love will never be returned. We are allowed to love someone even if that person is gone. What we miss is their presence, but that doesn’t mean we must stop loving them.” –Grandpa

Eden Valmont is now thirty years old when a friend from college calls to inform her that Clayton (Finn) Fincannon who is an ex-flame from their college years wrote a book about their time together. Surprised, overwhelmed, and flabbergasted Eden downloads the novel to her Kindle and begins reading. The story Finn writes pertains to his years in college, the love he has for Eden, the missionary work he performed in Africa, and letters written between him and his grandfather that they place in a mason jar.

Finn is pining for Eden over several years after she leaves him with no reason or goodbye seems a little far-fetched from reality. Firstly, Eden leaves giving no explanation or contacting Finn for at least five years and secondly, Finn continues his unrelenting love for Eden all this time not considering other relationships with someone else. The sentiment is there, the one-sided love is there, Finn and Eden’s selfless compassion for other people is there, but somehow the storyline does not quite gel and seems as if something is missing. I liked the way the author delivered the story line as a novel within a novel with Grandpa as my favorite character sharing his wisdom. This novel is for the sentimental who love reading about undying love with fairy-tale endings.

I received this book free through the Litfuse Publicity reviewer program from William and Keat Publishing in exchange for an honest review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.

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