Solomon’s Oak by Jo-Ann Mapson is a lovely story about the resilience of the human
spirit. In the shadow of a magnificent 200 year old white oak three damaged
people come together to form a family. Glory is in despair over the death
of her husband. Dan was her perfect partner; he died way too young
leaving her lonely and broke. She takes comfort in rescuing dogs and long
rides, grief is her constant companion. Juniper talks tough, but the 14
year old is fragile inside. Thrown away and alone, one more child trying to
survive the foster system, her life changes when Glory gives her a home.
Joseph was a cop until things went very wrong. Recovering from his
wounds, he is determined to photograph Glory’s oak tree. Their stories
twine as they learn to lean on each other. If you are in the mood for
something heartwarming, this is your book.
Solomon's Oak is the story of three people who have suffered losses that changed their lives forever: Glory Solomon, a young widow who struggles to hold on to her Central California farm; fourteen-year-old Juniper McGuire, who arrives on Glory's doorstep, pierced, tattooed, angry, and homeless; and Joseph Vigil, a former Albuquerque police officer now disabled and in constant pain, who comes to California to fulfill his dream of photographing the state's giant trees, including the two-hundred-year-old Solomon's Oak on Glory's farm. In this deeply felt, wise, and gritty novel, these three broken souls will find in each other an unexpected comfort, and a second chance to see the miracles of everyday life.
Jo-Ann Mapson is the author of nine previous novels, including the beloved Hank & Chloe, Blue Rodeo (CBS TV movie), and the Los Angeles Times bestsellers The Wilder Sisters and Bad Girl Creek, a book club favorite. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and their five dogs. Visit her Web site at www.joannmapson.com.
Praise for Solomon's Oak:
"Dazzlingly written, indelibly moving, and deeply profound, Solomon's Oak is filled with grace, heart, and wisdom, and a rich cast of real characters...Truly a gem."-Caroline Leavitt
"One chapter into Solomon's Oak, I surrendered to Glory Solomon's hope and her collection of restless hearts, and my world simply disappeared."-Jacquelyn Mitchard
About the Author
Jo-Ann Mapson is the author of nine previous novels, including the beloved Hank & Chloe, Blue Rodeo (CBS TV movie), and the Los Angeles Times bestsellers The Wilder Sisters and Bad Girl Creek, a book club favorite. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and their five dogs. Visit her website at www.joannmapson.com.
“Three people aching with loss piece together new lives in Mapson's gorgeous new novel. Dazzlingly written, indelibly moving and deeply profound, Solomon's Oak is filled with grace, heart, and wisdom, and a rich cast of indelibly real characters, right down to the dogs. It's sometimes a cliché to call a book the author's absolute best, but this one is truly a gem.” —Caroline Leavitt, author of Girls in Trouble and Pictures of You
“In Solomon's Oak, we see how some things--like massive oaks, and unshakeable love--can stand the test of time. I love the way Jo-Ann Mapson writes about family--how the roots we put down are the ones that ultimately hold us together. Actually, let me correct myself: I just love the way Jo-Ann Mapson writes, period.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of House Rules
“How does Jo-Ann Mapson do it? She makes us look at people we'd rather not see--the abandoned, the broken, the lost--and then makes us cry for them and care for them, rejoice and hope for them. One chapter into Solomon's Oak, I surrendered to Glory Solomon's hope and her collection of restless hearts, and my world simply disappeared.” —Jacquelyn Mitchard
“Mapson continues to carve out her niche with this lovely, well-written story of the walking wounded reaching out to one another and the beauty of friendship.” —Library Journal
“With abundant compassion and soothing humor, three damaged souls are rescued in Mapson's delicate tale of renewal and healing.” —Booklist