Thursday, February 10, 2022

Solomon's Porch by Janet Morris Grimes Blog Tour

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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My Review

It has been a while since I have read a novel this touching. Part of it had to do with the plot structure. Grimes did well in revealing the right information at the right time. And as for the resolutions to the two major issues, I like how Grimes inserted a welcome twist just when I thought all was lost.

Part of the novel's impact had to do with the character construction. Solomon is the kind of man every young person would like to have as a close neighbor. As the novel progresses, we find out just how important Solomon's life has been. And Harper is such a compassionate person. We find out why she is so helpful as her story is revealed. I did find Raphael a hard man to like through much of the novel, having such anger issues. I appreciate how more of the positive side of his inner character was eventually revealed and I did like him better at the end.

This novel explores how our benevolent actions have an influence far beyond our expected reach. It's a feel good story. It reminds us there are wonderful people having powerful impacts on lives every day. It is also an encouraging story, reminding us we can be one of those people too.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, February 10

Rebecca Tews, February 11

Debbie's Dusty Deliberations, February 12

A Reader’s Brain, February 13

Texas Book-aholic, February 14

The Author Reads, February 14

Inklings and notions, February 15

For Him and My Family, February 16

Blogging With Carol, February 17

deb's Book Review, February 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 18

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 19

Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting, February 20

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, February 21 (Spotlight)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 21

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, February 22

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 23

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)


Bea LaRocca said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of this book, it sounds like an excellent read

Janet Morris Grimes said...

Thanks for this fantastic review! I’m thrilled that you loved it as much as I do.

Stormy Vixen said...

Congratulations on your recent release of Solomon's Porch, Janet, your book sounds like a thrilling mystery to be enjoyed! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Avid Reader, for sharing your review! Have a fantastic day!

Rita Wray said...

Thank you for the review. Sounds good.

slehan said...

Looks like an encouraging book.
Thanks for the contest. 

Debbie P said...

This sounds like a book that I am going to enjoy.

marisela zuniga said...

The book sounds so good! Thank you for sharing your review

Janet Morris Grimes said...

Thank you, Stormy.

Janet Morris Grimes said...

Thank you for your comments. I’d love to answer any questions you may have about Solomon’s Porch.

Make sure to enter the contest for a chance to win a paperback copy and a $50 Amazon gift card!

slehan said...

My niece could use this book. Thanks.

Emma said...

This sounds interesting! The title made me think it was a Biblical fiction story, though.

Janet Morris Grimes said...

Hi Everyone! Just wanted to stop in to announce Solomon is holding a one-week Kindle sale for $.99!