A NovelBook - 2010
Solomon's Oak is the story of three people who have suffered losses that changed their lives forever.
Glory Solomon, a young widow, holds tight to her memories while she struggles to hold on to her Central California farm. She makes ends meet by hosting weddings in the chapel her husband had built under their two-hundred-year-old white oak tree, known locally as Solomon's Oak. Fourteen-year-old Juniper McGuire is the lone survivor of a family decimated by her sister's disappearance. She arrives on Glory's doorstep, pierced, tattooed, angry, and homeless. When Glory's husband Dan was alive, they took in foster children, but Juniper may be more than she can handle alone. Joseph Vigil is a former Albuquerque police officer and crime lab photographer who was shot during a meth lab bust that took the life of his best friend. Now disabled and in constant pain, he arrives in California to fulfill his dream of photographing the state's giant trees, including Solomon's Oak.
In Jo-Ann Mapson's deeply felt, wise, and gritty novel, these three broken souls will find in each other an unexpected comfort, the bond of friendship, and a second chance to see the miracles of everyday life.
From Library Staff
Women's Fiction selection: Recently widowed Glory Solomon collects stray animals and damaged souls. Facing bankruptcy, she creates a new life catering themed weddings. This deeply felt yet unsentimental novel explores grief, healing, and second chances.
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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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