Solomon’s Porch by Janet Morris Grimes
Solomon is running out of it.
A broken and forgotten man fighting the demons of dementia, he longs for the past when both he and his beloved military town of Ginger Ridge once thrived.
When his stooped body collides with the hardened realities of the present, Solomon lies in a coma as an unidentifiable victim of a hit-and-run accident in a faraway city.
With nothing to keep him going but flashbacks of relationships from his past, Solomon has no idea what a difference he will make on the future …
Solomon’s Porch by Janet Morris Grimes enters the world of a few special, distinctive and memorable characters: a diligent hospital worker; a Pastor finding his way; a hardworking Immigrant; and an elderly man with a limp. All with their own stories, yet cleverly and thoughtfully joined together by an unbelievably miraculous hidden thread.
Using a quote from the book –“You can only use the past to change the future…” Solomon’s Porch is an extraordinary story of faith, endurance, suffering and hope. It weaves the main characters and each of their lives inextricably until at the very end when the threads untangle, and all becomes astonishingly clear. Each character is so well-developed, significant, relatable and authentic that they become like personal friends to the reader. This is truly an ingenious mystery that confounds, and one wonders how it will ever resolve, until of course the exceptional talent and skillful writing ability of the author neatly ties it all together in such a perfect, clear and amazing way.
Janet Morris Grimes clearly has a noteworthy gift for storytelling. Her writing is impeccable, imaginative, smooth and emotive and there won’t be a reader who won’t long to sit on Solomon’s Porch and be healed of their anxieties. There’s a tender, most welcome hint of the meaning and importance of faith throughout, and one could imagine taking a trip to Ginger Ridge and becoming part of the wonderful story, sitting on that infamous porch and baring one’s soul. Solomon is an endearing character and his deep compassion and love for others is clear and felt, even in the face of his own tragic past. The satisfying conclusion illuminates the earlier quote when all is finally revealed, but you will need a box of tissues.
Gripping and memorable from the start, this story will stay with you and the characters will visit you in your thoughts often. One of the best books I have read in a long time, I can’t recommend it highly enough. An award worthy and superbly written, imagined and expressed story is Solomon’s Porch by Janet Morris Grimes!! – Jane Finch for Chick Lit Café.
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