About the Book
Book: Solomon’s Porch
Author: Janet Morris Grimes
Genre: Christian Mystery/Suspense
Release date: August 10, 2021
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 …
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About the Author
Janet may not have realized she was a writer at the time, but her earliest childhood memories were spent creating fairy-tale stories of the father she never knew. That desire to connect with the mysterious man in a treasured photograph gave her a deep love for the endless possibilities of a healing and everlasting story.
A wife of one, mother of three, and Tootsie to four, she currently writes from her quiet two-acre corner near Louisville, Kentucky. She’s spent the last few years preparing to introduce her novels and children’s stories to the world.
More from Janet
- – I’d have to say my inspiration for the character of Solomon Thomas came from my precious father-in-law. When we lost him almost ten years ago, we were inundated with countless stories of simple, behind-the-scenes acts of kindness he offered over many decades. I’m not sure he realized what a difference he made in the lives of others.
The same is true for my main character, Solomon Thomas. He comes from such a place of deep tragedy. Once he lost everything, he had nothing left to offer but himself. So he did.
There are many themes running throughout this story. A lost sense of home. Running out of time. Redemption and second chances. But more than this, connection and community. Sometimes, we are so trapped by our own brokenness, we don’t know how to let others in. But what if we did?
Solomon learned to do just that. Show up for people, and let them into his world as well. And over time, it was enough to breathe new life into his beloved town of Ginger Ridge.
What happens next? Solomon deserves a sequel, so I’ll be working on that very soon.
This is one book that I think everyone should read. With an emotional and powerful story I couldn’t stop crying as the characters became real to me. The town where the story takes place is very small and little by little is becoming almost like a ghost town. It needs a breath of fresh air and people who care about each other to rebuild and help each other out.
Solomon is a man with a heart filled with love, grace, wisdom and compassion. He reaches out to those who need help or perhaps a listening ear to guide them to forgiveness and find hope. His story is filled with loss but he never lets that hinder him from helping others. I adored Solomon and would love to sit with him on his front porch in the swing. He reminds me so much of my granddad. He was a quiet man who spoke softly and never had a harsh word for anyone.
Each character in the book has a connection to Solomon in some way. Harper was especially touched by Solomon’s kindness and I loved how her story was shared with flash backs. The author addresses some difficult subjects with grace and shows how important it is to accept responsibility for your actions. The lessons are many in this moving story. I think it is important to understand how we can each make an impact on others if we take the time to really listen without judging.
The ending is bittersweet and I loved how we witness a homecoming for two special people who are finally reunited. We never know what tomorrow will bring so take each day and make a difference. Never let a day go by without telling others how important they are to you. I close this review by honoring the Solomon’s of the world; “Well done thy good and faithful servant.”
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion .
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