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Finding Casey (Solomon's Oak #2)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  959 ratings  ·  163 reviews
Glory Vigil, newly married, unexpectedly pregnant at 41, is nesting in the home she and her husband Joseph have just moved to in Santa Fe, a house that unknown 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 everything. But Juni ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 11th 2012 by Bloomsbury (first published October 1st 2012)
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Anne
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
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Sherry
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
Kee
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
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Jennifer
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.
Cindy Crawford
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Laurel-Rain
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
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Monique Mulligan
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
Margaret
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
Flavia
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
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Charlotte
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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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JoAnne Pulcino
FINDING CASEY

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
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Linda
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
Jane
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
Julia
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
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Jessie
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
Katie
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
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Elizabeth
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
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Becky
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...
Susan
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.
Irene
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.
Diana
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
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Champaign Public Library
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.
Patricia
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.
Connie
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.
kim
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.
Sandra
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!
Linda
I have never read a Jo-Ann Mapson book that I didn't love and this one is not an exception. As the sequel to Solomon's Oak Ms. Mapson re-engaged me in character's lives with whom I already had fallen in love. Not only did she tie up some loose ends, she left enough new ones for a third book. I can't wait!
Denise
Sequel to Solomon's Oak. Juniper's story continues in New Mexico where the family has moved and she is now enrolled in college. She is still haunted by her lost family and especially memories of her sister, Casey who disappeared without a trace more than a decade ago.

A malnourished and almost silent woman comes to a local hospital with her gravely ill daughter. Aspen has a history of seizures and is currently in a coma. A patient female psychologist draws Laurel out and eventually learns that s
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Scampbell
This is a sequel to Solomon's Oak, which I preferred. The characters here don't seem to have any flaws and in fact, are nearly perfect - always saying the right thing or coming up with the perfect quip or comeback. Her writing is still fluid and easy to read though at times I got bogged down in the repartee. The book is actually two stories until they come together, the second one being a dark finish to the first book. I don't know if it was supposed to be a surprise, but you know right away wha ...more
Sally Boocock
Yet another fantastic book from Jo Ann Mapson. She never fails to deliver a quirky tale of family life with great characters. I just love her books.
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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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