Solomon's Porch

Fiction - Inspirational
310 Pages
Reviewed on 08/23/2021
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Author Biography

I may not have realized I was a writer at the time, but my earliest childhood memories were spent creating fairy-tale stories of the father I never knew. That desire to connect with the mysterious man in a treasured photograph gave me a deep love for the endless possibilities of a healing and everlasting story.

My debut novel, Solomon’s Porch, released in August of '21.

I am also a writer/music reviewer for Nashville Arts & Entertainment and Crossroad Magazines, a devotional contributor to Christian Woman, Power for Today, Inspire a Fire, and The Christian Pulse.

A wife of one, mother of three, and Tootsie to four, I currently write from my quiet two-acre corner of the world near Elizabethtown, KY. I have spent the last few years preparing to introduce my novels and children’s stories to the world.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite

Solomon's Porch by Janet Morris Grimes is a moving work of fiction about a man named Solomon struggling with dementia, but it also offers so much more. It's about the fight to survive, be remembered, and yearning to relive the past. This focuses on the protagonist's glory days when he lived in the lively military town of Ginger Ridge. All he has are flashbacks, memories, and yesterdays. He doesn't see himself as valuable, but he makes an impact on the future, nevertheless. They say everyone has a story to tell, and this book illustrates that concept in an unforgettable way.

The author skillfully weaves a multi-faceted story of self-worth, forgiveness, belonging, and hope. Though it has Christian themes, the powerful characters, situations, and plotline translate well for a general audience. The multiple POVs add an extra dimension to the characters, as it really brings you deeper into their thoughts, personalities, and lives. Some of the plot points overlap, and this makes for a more textured read. The issues can be painful at times, but Grimes handles them sensitively and respectfully. I like the message that we all have a role to play in life, and we never know how we may affect the lives of others. Another part I liked was Solomon's attachment to Ginger Ridge and what it meant to him. This book would be perfect for book clubs, classroom discussions, or a special gift, but most of all, it's an inspiring read for the individual. This author masterfully handles plot, setting, description, ambiance, character-building, themes, dialogue, subtext, pathos--all the things that go into a good story. Solomon's Porch, by Janet Morris Grimes, is one of those rare "Great American Novels" that you hope to come across and then pass on to someone else.

Tammy Coleman

This story rings true for the ages. Easily connected with the characters and their pathways that meld them all together. A lovely tale of how we all can make a difference in the lives of people around us.