Cate N. (Aurora, CO)
Glory Solomon is a grieving widow whose life is changed forever by Juniper and Joseph, who both enter her life in rather dramatic ways. I would have liked more explanation for the characters' motivations, but the author wrote vivid descriptions of the physical surroundings and the animal-human interaction, and there was a heartwarming ending. No surprises but an enjoyable read.
Martha L. (Warner, NH)
Touches the soul quietly
"Solomon’s Oak" by Jo Ann Mapson is book that touches the soul quietly, but lingers like a soft mist. The book is about loss and struggles. How much is too much? When does grieving leave? What is the cost of trust? Is anything really too much? Glory, Juniper and Joseph need healing. The tree, Solomon’s Oak is the setting for the three of them to find themselves and maybe each other. I liked it the realistic characters and the changes each wrought in each other. It is a book to savor and enjoy, not to rush through. It is a book that makes you think about what is important. And to count your blessings.
I think this would be good to read with a book club as it has many themes. It shows universal ideals and will appeal to many adult levels.
Rita L. (Green Bay, WI)
A Good Read
I thought this was an excellent read. The characters were well developed, and the storyline was a good one. Some of my favorite books have been about people who are hurt by their life experiences, are brought together, and find themselves healed and able to enjoy life once again. If you like similar stories, I would recommend this book.
Susan B. (Cape Coral, FL)
Against all odds a family restored
I loved this book, it was hard to come to the end of it. A book about three people, a young widow, neglected teenager, and a retired policeman in a lot of back pain, weaves a story of family that is true to life. Jo-Ann Mapson writes with truth and grace. Her characters are all broken and yet I came to love them and cheer them on to find their way to happiness. The ending seems a little rushed but I would recommend "Solomon's Oak" to anyone looking for a good read.
Maxine D. (Effingham, IL)
The characters in this story are so real that when they despair, the reader despairs. Each of the three principals grow as they interact with each other and meet the situations life has thrown at them. Some of the story line seemed to me to reach a bit for credibility, but real life is not always credible. I found this to be a good read, one I shall remember.
Eileen E. (Asheville, NC)
Solomon's Oak offers hope....
A wedding chapel located under a two hundred year old oak tree, Solomon's Oak, provides a young widow, Glory Solomon, with a strong link to her memories of living on their California farm.
This is a story of three people, from three different walks of life and what they share by helping each other heal.
Glory, burdened by more responsibility than she can easily handle. Juniper, a fourteen year old survivor of her sisters disappearance that destroyed her family. Joseph, a former police officer who just lost his best friend in a meth lab raid.
These three lonely souls are bound by their common need. To love and be loved in return.
We become part of a beautiful journey to that end.
Excellent book for book clubs.
Doris K. (Angora, MN)
I enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone looking for a "good read,"
Jo-Ann Mapson skilfully brings together three people, scarred by their life experiences. She combines these experiences to tell a good story. A special bonus for dog lovers is that Glory's dogs play an important part in the book.