The Mason List
By S. S. Hendrickson
“An epic love. An epic hate. An epic story that would last a lifetime.”
Today, 8:15 p.m.
I hurt. I hurt so deeply, I felt the pain searing in my bones and jabbing like a hot poker into my heart. I knew nothing would make it better as the memories pulled from the crevices of my mind, detailing the bad and the ugly, filling my thoughts with regret as I slipped into the darkness. . .
When I was eight, my mother was dying of cancer, my father lost his job, and the bank kicked us out of our house. I was forced to move to the strange town of Arlis, Texas where my father and I slept in our car in the hospital parking lot. Desperate and hopeless, we lived on fumes of our former life.
Then one night, everything changed forever. 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.
– Alex Tanner
Author Note: The Mason List is a coming-of-age story that follows the life of Alex Tanner from the age of six to twenty-six. The novel crosses the genres of Young Adult and New Adult. It does contain some language and mild adult situations. The Mason List is a standalone, 118,940 word, full-length novel.
Wow! Are you looking for a book that is going to give you the next book hangover? Are you looking for an epic love story that is not your typical fairytale? Are you looking for a book that has you blubbering one moment and laughing so hard your stomach hurts the next moment? Are you looking for a book that will keep you captivated from the moment you open the book to the moment you close it? If you are looking for an exceptional book that will make an impression on your soul, read The Mason List by S. D. Hendrickson.
The Mason List by S. D. Hendrickson came highly recommended to me. In the midst of my busy review schedule, I bought the book with hopes to get to it as soon as I had a break in my schedule. The synopsis of the book kept haunting me. I finally put aside my schedule and allowed myself to indulge in a strictly pleasure read. The moment I opened this book I was immediately drawn into the story. I could vividly picture this very precious happy little girl playing dress up, climbing trees, and chatting with her dog. This little girl was everything an active, healthy, happy six year old child should be. Her life is perfect until two years later. Life threw her family into a downward spiral. Life took away everything she knew, everything that made her happy, and everything she looked forward to. Her life was out of control. Everything was subject to circumstance and minute by minute survival. Until fate steps in and changes her life once again. The Mason family stepped in to help the Tanner family get their lives back on track.
Alex Tanner will step into the world she has dubbed the “Mason List”. It will be a world full of anger, resentment, and hatred towards the Mason family because of their unconditional charity. It will also be a world of wonder, hope, happiness, heartache, and love because of Jessup Mason. She will find a friendship that is stronger than her hatred towards the Masons. She will find her soulmate and best friend. But just as fate stepped in when Alex was eight, fate will step in when she is an adult. This time she will have control on how she chooses to handle “The Mason List”.
This is an epic story of two lonely children that build a friendship that is timeless. Their deep bonds will grow with time into something that most people will never experience in their lifetime. The journey their lives take will have the reader enthralled. Their emotional transition from childhood to adulthood is an epic journey with eye opening moments.
The Mason List is a beautiful love story. It is a beautiful story of redemption and forgiveness. It is a story of love and hope.
It was an honor to witness Alex and Jess as they grew into The Mason List. These two characters captured my heart.
This book touched my soul. I highly recommend The Mason List.
SD Hendrickson received a Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism from Oklahoma State University. Currently, her days are spent teaching computer software to oil and gas companies as well as writing technical instructional manuals. The Mason List is her first novel and it was started during National Novel Writing Month.
S.D. Hendrickson lives in Tulsa with her husband and their two schnauzers. She loves chocolate, romance books, Oklahoma State Cowboys, music, Lost, chocolate, beaches, coffee, cooking, beautiful sunsets, Friends, chocolate, sad puppy stories, dreaming of Australia, guacamole, quotes, Netflixs bing watching, Dawson’s Creek, chocolate, hot tubs, exotic animal rescues, going on vacation, Friday Night Lights, writing, and of course, chocolate.