Solomon's Oak, Paperback Book
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Solomon's Oak is the story of three people who have suffered losses that changed their lives forever.

To make ends meet, Glory Solomon, a young widow, is using the chapel her husband built on their central California farm, under a 200-year-old white oak tree, as a place to hold unusual weddings.

Her first is for a bride and groom who want a pirate wedding. Fourteen-year-old Juniper McGuire is the surviving member of a family decimated by a local kidnapping.

Juniper arrives on Glory's doorstep, pierced, tattooed, angry and homeless.

When Glory's husband Dan was alive they took in foster children and raised them.

But Juniper may be more than she has the capacity to handle. Joseph Vigil is a former Albuquerque police officer and crime lab photographer who was shot during an assignment.

Now disabled and in constant pain, he came to California to photograph the giant trees of the state. Jo-Ann Mapson's deeply felt, wise and warm portrayal of broken souls finding their way back to humanity shows how these three people - along with a host of dogs, horses and goats -enter and transform each other's lives.


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Solomon’s Oak is a lovely novel of three wounded people who find each other. Glory is a recent widow in her late 30’s that is trying to keep her head above water financially while also feeling buried by grief. Juniper is a fourteen year old who has been abandoned by her father after losing both her mother and sister. She is in foster care and living with Glory. Joseph is a wounded former police officer who is trying to recover from a horrific injury. The three find each other and form a type of family. The story is moving, frustrating, and terribly realistic. It takes place somewhat locally and it’s fun to read about places I know of and that are part of my community. I can’t say that I love the story or was blown away, but I will say that it’s good. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s slow moving and emotional which can be frustrating for me if I’m not in the right mood! I do recommend this book though. The characters will stay with you.

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