Solomon's Oak

Solomon's Oak

A Novel

Book - 2010
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Mapson's (Hank & Chloe) latest is an emotionally genuine if predictable story of three lonely, damaged people who find solace in one another. A year after the untimely death of her husband, Dan, Glory Solomon is adrift, in financial trouble, and unable to find much meaning in a world without her mate. But when she opens a wedding chapel on her historic California ranch (known for its ancient oak tree), she attracts a variety of couples in search of unconventional nuptials--and two lost souls. Juniper McGuire, an angry teenage girl, is still reeling from the tragedy that put her into the foster care system. And a former crime scene photographer, Joseph Vigil, suffers chronic pain from an on-the-job accident. Together, the three grievers form a tentative support system that could--if they'll let it--be called love. As in her previous novels, Mapson seems most at ease describing the relationship between human and animal--especially dogs and horses--and in rendering the Western landscape. Her facility with dialogue, however, is less impressive, but most readers will be too involved in the sweep of loss and recovery to stumble for long over awkward talk.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781608193301
Branch Call Number: FICTION MAPSON
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 22 cm


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Mar 12, 2015

What an excellent author! I really enjoyed this book. An incredible story that was hard to put down. 'Finding Casey' is a continuation of this book and is also one you'll want to read.

May 02, 2012

enjoyed this new to me author. Wioll certainly read more of her books. Marj


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avroots May 05, 2011

Solomon’s Oak by JoAnn Mapson
…opens with a pirate wedding under the historic oak tree. Glory Solomon, newly widowed and nearly broke, finds herself hosting a wedding in the chapel her late husband built. As the wedding guests swashbuckle their way through a sword fight an armed man appears. Fortunately Joseph, an ex-cop, is convinced to shoot with his camera rather than with his gun and the wedding is a ripping roaring success. Then because things always come in bunches, this is also the day Glory is asked to take in Juniper, a 14 year old foster child—tattooed, pierced, angry. Three hurting people, dealing with loss and pain, help each other while caring for rescued dogs and horses, coping with the complexities of family relationships and surviving the realities of high school.


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