This coming-of-age romance is drawing high praise from readers, who describe it as "picturesque," "heart-filling," "wonderful," and "a must read."

The Mason Jar, by James Russell Lingerfelt
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326 pages, with a 4.0-star rating from 86 reviews

"Russell does not just give us facts about the relationships in the story, he lets us in on the movements of the heart! It's these movements that grabbed my heart and kept me turning the pages until I completed the book. These movements convinced me that the relationships would continue whether there was physical presence or not. And continue they did!" -- Amazon reviewer
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 haired 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 epic, romance, tragedy which brings hope to people who have experienced disappointment in life due to separation from loved ones. With a redemptive ending 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.

Note: In September 2014, a new version of The Mason Jar (distinguishable by the blue title box on the front cover) was released with a redemptive ending. Used versions sold may be the old edition.

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The Mason Jar has already been optioned for a feature film. James Russell Lingerfelt divides his time between his family's ranch in Alabama and meetings in Southern California. His blog, ""Love Story from the Male Perspective"" received over 5,000,000 views during its second year. You can learn more about him at