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As a winter storm bears down on the Texas Panhandle in December, 2004, Willa Jackson embarks on a plan to maintain her independence and fully realize her artistic talent. Her first encounter on this course, with her daughter, Melanie Banks, proves that accomplishing those ends as she ages past her present seventy-four years will be fraught with obstacles. Melanie’s determi ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by MidTown Publishing, Inc.
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Melissa
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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If I had to describe Jackson's Pond Texas in one word it would be beautiful. It it a beautiful story which is beautifully written. A lovely book about family. Glad I got to be the fifth member of this family for a little while.

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Kel
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
'Jackson's Pond, Texas' is a wonderfully written novel that follows the lives of four generations of Jackson women.

Willa Jackson is a strong, widowed rancher who is determined to live her life and not give into the usual expectations for a seventy-four year old.

Melanie, Willa's daughter, is an ambitious, organised, career woman who's myriad of control issues affects her ability to create close relationships.

Claire, Melanie's daughter, is a caring nurse who was forever shaped by an experience she
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Ira Therebel
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it
A nice easy read about several generations of a family from a small town in Texas. The characters are all different and see things in their own way as well as want different things from life.

The book is a bit too romanticized or may I say idealistic for what I usually like to read, but I liked it nonetheless. Mainly because of the main character Willa, the one we get to know about from her younger years to the older age and it is impossible not to like her. She represents taking life in one's ha
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Sandi Hutcheson
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Willa Jackson, the rancher-turned-watercolorist heroine of this story, gives us the paint-by-numbers for creating a life that is beautiful. The prose is lovely and lyrical. The point of Jackson's Pond is that we are the artists of our own lives, and it is itself a work of art every bit as gorgeous as the watercolors Willa Jackson paints.
Story Circle Book Reviews
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Jackson's Pond, Texas tells many stories: the story of a family, the story of a strong woman, but mostly it tells a story of place—Jackson's Pond. An oasis in the barren, wind-blown prairie land of the Texas Panhandle, Jackson's Pond is not only a tiny lake but also a little town with the comings and goings, the dramas and, sometimes, comedies of small town life.

Willa Jackson, aging but strong both in body and mind, is the central character. Willa has lived all her life on the Jackson Ranch, fro
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Maria
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t expecting much from this book, I had never heard of the author and hadn’t seen any reviews for it but I was quite surprised at the pleasantness of the writing and the sweetness of the story. Told through the viewpoint of the various characters, we follow Willa from a young girl through to her twilight years and we learn how a life well lived could be in this Texas town where the pond is a metaphor for Willa’s aging.

I read this book on a Kindle so I didn’t have the book in hand to easily
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Jill Coupe
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was in a writing workshop once with Teddy Jones, where I became a fan of her writing. "Jackson's Pond, Texas" is a marvelous accomplishment. Comprised of scenes from the lives of several generations of the Jackson family, the novel is like a magnificent pointillist painting. Teddy Jones depicts the family's ups and downs with the perfect combination of humor and wisdom. And, with the main character named Willa and her paintings called "Willas" by their avid collectors, how fitting that the nov ...more
Peta
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written book, at first I wasn't sure whether or not I would engage with the story, but I found my self very interested in the lives of the Jackson women.
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