The Mason List
I am ABSOLUTELY LOVING THIS BOOK!!!! I found out about it while searching for the latest releases and that blurb got me big time! And from the very start I was so into it. Beautifully written, at times devastating, at times heartwarming. And quite stressful, considering how that blurb ends…
Her mother is dying, her family loses everything and she and her father are living in their car but…
A knock on the car window brought a family into my life that I only wanted to shut out. I hated charity and I hated the Masons. Well, except one. He made it impossible to hate him.
Jess Mason had the biggest blue eyes and ornery smile of any boy I had ever seen. He was a ray of sunshine in my dark world. A boy full of adventure, dragging me across the meadow of Sprayberry Ranch; a beautiful Texas paradise full of horses and tree houses that got us into more trouble than anyone ever imagined.
Jess was my everything as a kid until we grew up and the rules changed. Instead of living happily ever after with a boy full of love. . . I destroyed it.
WHOA!!! Yep. One-clicked it!
I’m halfway through and still absolutely hooked. Even more so now. I think I know… ohhhhh yesssss, I think I know what I’m in for. It’s crying time again. I *think*.
I say I *think* because anything could happen. I’ve come across a few instances that seem to foreshadow other things to come, but I dunno. I could be in for a HUGE surprise. It doesn’t feel predictable, you know? It’s quite clever and a few of the reveals have already surprised me. Delighted me, even while my heart worries about what’s to come.
But the story is so wonderful, so well detailed, flows so perfectly, from childhood (so sweet) to their teen years (Gah! They keep getting into *big* trouble!!) to adulthood (we’re often in this part of her life as she tells us her story, but it’s very much a mystery at this point as to where we’re headed). I don’t regret a single part of their lifetime with them. We are weaved seamlessly in and out of her past and present. It’s not jarring. It’s perfect, even. And!! It’s told entirely from her 1st person POV so you know I’m feeling it personally. Living through her eyes and she feels so real.
So that’s it. I’m off to discover the rest, and I bet I’ll need to snuggle (and snuffle into) Amy’s stuffed manatee.
More to come.