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Finding Casey (Solomon's Oak #2)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,075 Ratings  ·  185 Reviews
Glory Vigil, newly married, unexpectedly pregnant at forty-one, is nesting in the home she and her husband, Joseph, have just moved to in Santa Fe, a house that unbeknownst to them is rumored to have a resident ghost. Their adopted daughter, Juniper, is home from college for Thanksgiving and in love for the very first time, quickly learning how a relationship changes every ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Bloomsbury USA (first published October 1st 2012)
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Aug 07, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although Finding Casey is the sequel to Jo-Ann Mapson's 2010 novel Solomon's Oak, readers can still enjoy it as a stand-alone story due to the author's expertise in providing background details whilst not straying from the current plot.

Finding Casey finds Glory, her new husband Joseph and their adopted daughter Juniper living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, having left California behind to make a new life for themselves. All three of the main characters have troubled pasts; Glory lost her beloved first
May 07, 2012 Sherry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
i won a copy of this on jo-ann mapson's facebook page and absolutely loved it. it follows glory,joseph, and juniper, the characters from solomon's oak.
mapson's characters are so real i feel like they are friends of mine! i hope she continues to write about them
Dec 30, 2012 Kee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This book drove me crazy. I was struggling to get through it... The first 2/3 of the book dragged on and had no intrigue.
There was good character build up, but i found the dialogue at times boring and some parts were unnecessary. Also, there were a lot of Spanish words thrown around that i tended to skip because i had no clue what they meant. The idea was good, but i just found it a real struggle. I don't really understand why the ghost was incorporated, as it was only mentioned a few times wit
Dec 26, 2012 Flavia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I received this book from the First Reads Giveaway.

I loved Finding Casey, I though it was a wonderful book. I actually haven't read Solomon's Oak yet, but I'll definitely look it up.
Just a warning, there will be spoilers included in this review, so do not read further if you don't want to read them.

It is a story set in Santa Fe of Glory Vigil who had just become pregnant at the age of 40. That is quite an old age to be pregnant, so we see her worries and difficulties. This book changes perspec
Dec 13, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I haven't read Solomon's Oak which has the same charachters, but I don't think you needed to. It wasn't a sequel where you needed to read the previous one. The characters were great and the description of New Mexico was wonderful. I really liked the story. The ending was not a disappointment either. I highly reccomend it and it doesn't take too long to read. I can't wait to read Solomon's Oak.
Sep 01, 2015 Mich rated it really liked it
Sequel to solomons oak. Have really enjoyed what I've read by this author! Found myself lol and tearing up thru each book I've read. Another entertaining great read!
Mandy Blair Crider
Feb 02, 2016 Mandy Blair Crider rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this book. It was a light, easy read and the author did a fantastic job creating the atmosphere and setting so I could picture exactly what was happening and watch it play out in my mind. The ending was one of my favorite parts. Great book! Would recommend!
Cindy Crawford
Nov 01, 2012 Cindy Crawford rated it liked it
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Nov 09, 2012 Laurel-Rain rated it it was amazing
In an old house in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Glory And Joseph Vigil settle in to nest. Leaving behind the home at Solomon's Oak, in California, was a big step, but from the first moment that Glory sees this crumbling dwelling, she feels connected to it.

Its old bones, its history, and possibly its ghost—all combine to help this family begin again.

Juniper, the adopted daughter of Glory and Joseph, and formerly a foster child, is also renewing her life, leaving behind—almost—the painful memories of her
Monique Mulligan
Jan 17, 2013 Monique Mulligan rated it really liked it
A vivid and emotive portrait of family ties, Finding Casey is a beautiful story of discovery and lives coming full circle. The story picks up several years after Solomon’s Oak (2010) left off; I read that a couple of years ago and loved it, so the chance to find out “what happened next” was not one I wanted to pass by. Solomon’s Oak introduced Juniper, a wary, traumatised teen whose sister went missing without a trace, to Glory, a foster carer trying to pick up her life after her beloved husband ...more
Nov 20, 2012 Margaret rated it it was amazing
I love Mapson's books so I knew as soon as I saw this new title I had to read it. I didn't know that it would continue the story of Glory from Mapson's earlier Solomon's Oak. Glory is settled with her second husband Joe and their adopted daughter Juniper. Juniper was a lost teen ager when she first met Glory. Her sister, Casey, had gone missing, her father had walked out and her mother had committed suicide. Now, years later, Juniper is an accelerated college student studying anthropology. The s ...more
Oct 19, 2012 Charlotte rated it liked it

Set against the beautiful Fall backdrop of Santa Fe we get to know these families in an intimate way. I really enjoyed Joe, Glory, and Junniper. The whole family dynamic at Thanksgiving was interesting with Glory's sister and mom there. OH!! I forgot a very important character, Dolores, the ghost who shares their home! She certainly adds character to the story, but at times it felt really forced. My heart really went out to Laurel. Her anxiety about being
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Jo-Ann Mapson

FINDING CASEY is a book about families, ghosts and the bonding between sisters.

Glory Vigil, pregnant at 41 has a whole new life nesting in her New Mexico style home with her husband in Santa Fe. Her adopted daughter, Juniper is home from college for Thanksgiving but remains haunted by the disappearance of her sister. Glory’s sister also arrives for the holidays after being dumped by her husband.

The binds of family are unbreakable and this is a wonderful journey into the
Mar 01, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
I didn’t realize until I had finished this very enjoyable book and looked up reviews, that I was reading a sequel. “Solomon’s Oak” tells the back story of Glory Vigil and how she got to New Mexico with her new husband and Juniper, their adopted daughter whose sister, Casey, has been missing for several years. Juniper is an anthropology major in college, happy in her new life with her adopted family, but always in the back of her mind is the question whether Casey is still alive, and will she ev ...more
Mar 01, 2013 Jane rated it liked it
Just needed something quick and easy to get involved with. Not exactly that kind of book. The setting, New Mexico, was fascinating to me. The characters, a mixed bag. Loved and believed Glory and Joe, but Juniper and her boyfriend, not so much. When she gets involved with Chico, it's a bit more interesting...but the simultaneous plot--Juniper's sister, Casey, is way weird and upsetting. A Martha, Marcy, May Marlene kind of story. Way weird. The plot is so neatly wrapped up, it's ridiculous, and ...more
Dec 14, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it
What a wonderful storyteller this author is. A compact story that charms as well as packs a whallop of a punch. A tale of second chances and new beginnings, a family reinvents it's self.
Glory and Joseph Vigil, middle-aged, newly married, along with their adopted, teen-age daughter, Juniper, settle in history-rich Santa Fe. Finding a house big on charm and short on practicality, they live their lives rich in love. Also with a ghost they call Delores. Glory, unexpectedly finds herself pregnant, he
Jan 18, 2013 Jessie rated it really liked it
I received this book from goodreads giveaways. I had previously read Solomon's Oak by this same author and, although you do not have to have read that book to pick this one up, it really helped me attach to the characters on a deeper level. I enjoyed this book a lot. The author's style is unique and riveting. It was interesting to get a look at Juniper and Glory's lives a few years down the line from where we left them in Solomon's Oak. I especially enjoyed Juniper's growth. The introduction of ...more
Morna Stewart
Jan 24, 2016 Morna Stewart rated it liked it
Liked this book it had interesting parallel story lines, one of which reminded me of "Room" and the link between the 2 was easy to predict. Interesting (if a little romanticised) insight in to Asante Fe culture and history. An easy read. Hadn't realised before coming on to Goodreads that it was a sequel thought hat makes sense as I did feel sometimes I was in the middle of another story!
Jan 27, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book as a good reads first read.

Finding Casey was really enjoyable, much more than I had anticipated! I loved how Mapsen painted the picture of New Mexico-being from the other side of the country I haven't yet visited but I was able to picture the scenery and somewhat grasp the culture based on the descriptions in the book.

There are two storylines going on and it was interesting to see how the stories developed,and to try to anticipate how the would come together in the end. My
Oct 10, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was a sweet story with likeable characters and occasionally some very humorous dialogue. There are two alternating stories that don't converge until near the end, with dramatic results. The various characters are touched by loss, evil, good fortune, and love, with a ghost woven into the mix for good measure.

What I most enjoyed was the richly layered setting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with enough detail about places, customs, and local traditions to endear it to those of us who know and love t
Kerry Hennigan
Jul 16, 2015 Kerry Hennigan rated it it was amazing
It’s difficult for me to express how much I loved this book. The description of Santa Fe at Christmas time transported me back to the year I spent the yuletide season in the oldest capital city in the United States.

But even beyond Jo-Ann Mapson’s evocation of the setting, there is a moving story of a young woman and her child existing in unimaginably repressive circumstances. In contrast to Laurel and her daughter Aspen is the story of Juniper and her adoptive parents Glory and Joseph. Together
3.5 stars....I did't know this was a sequel when I started to read it, but I enjoyed the story anyway & I will go & read the first book, Soloman's Oak....takes place in New Mexico & I loved the feel of the story, & the characters were likable & well developed. Many things came together & it was a good solid story...
Nov 10, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Not my favorite Mapson novel, but anything she writes is better than most Women's Fiction. The first half of the book is slow but if you are patient the seemingly inconsequential details come together in the last memorable 50 pages, in which so much happens that you wish she would slow down the narrative a little. Calls out for a sequel, although Finding Casey is itself a sequel to the much superior Solomon's Oak.
Feb 17, 2013 Irene rated it really liked it
I picked up Finding Casey without realizing that it was a sequel to Solomon's Oak. However, this in no way detracted from the fullness of the story. The book is set in Sante Fe and includes gorgeous descriptions of the desert and its folk arts. The novel follows two story lines which intertwine towards the end of the book. Mapson tells truths about sisters and family and the things we do to heal pain.
Oct 14, 2014 Diana rated it really liked it
This is continuation of "Solomon's Oak" also by Jo-Ann Mapson. However, you could easily read this book without having read the first one.
College student, Juniper Vigil, is home for Thanksgiving break. Her adopted father, Joseph Vigil, helped Juniper finish high school and get into college. She had been a trouble adolescent, but an intelligent one. "Home" is in Santa Fe. Joseph and Glory Vigil purchased an old house in Santa Fe. Jo-Ann Mapson writes in such a manner that if you have ever been
Champaign Public Library
Jan 30, 2013 Champaign Public Library rated it really liked it
Shelves: staff-recommends
Set in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico, Finding Casey picks up where Solomon’s Oak leaves off. The shadow of Casey’s disappearance continues to haunt Glory, Joseph, and Juniper Vigil. The New Mexico setting functions as a character in the story and the beauty of the country, history and resilient character of the people are authentically portrayed.

Recommended by Eileen J.
Jan 02, 2013 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-book
I really enjoyed this book. It stands alone, but it's best to read Solomon's Oak first as it continues the story of the characters from that book. This is a story about bad things happening to people; how families can let you down, but also how they can pick you up; how love can be found in unexpected places, & about the bond of sisters.
A good book to start off the new year.
Dec 17, 2012 Connie rated it really liked it
This book is a continuation of the story that was told in "Solomon's Oak." The setting is in the Albuquerque--Santa Fe, New Mexico area which I just love so I enjoyed this aspect very much.

It seemed to me that a great deal of this story was very similar to the "real life" story of the abduction of Jaycee Dugard.

Wonder if there will be a third book; I hope so.
Feb 15, 2013 kim rated it really liked it
I liked this book, and the one that came before, Solomon's Oak. Sometimes a little slow, but the story does move forward and I came to care for the characters. I was afraid at first it was a ghost story (and I can't abide those), but it isn't. It's a story of different kinds of broken hearts and how they came to be mended.
Nov 16, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it
I didn't know this was a sequel to Solomon's Oak until I got it from the library and started reading it. It was a very good book. The ending was kind of abrupt, and it feels like there could be another sequel there. There was still so much story to be told. I sure hope Ms Mapson continues the story of the Solomon/Vigil family!
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Jo-Ann Mapson, a third generation Californian, grew up in Fullerton as a middle child with four siblings. She dropped out of college to marry, but later finished a creative writing degree at California State University, Long Beach. Following her son's birth in 1978, Mapson worked an assortment of odd jobs teaching horseback riding, cleaning houses, typing resumes, and working retail. After earning ...more
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