The Mason List

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2015 Goodreads Choice Awards Semi-Finalist: Best Debut Author 

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“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, The Mason List

“The Mason List is a standalone, coming-of-age novel that follows the life of Alex Tanner from the age of six to twenty-six.”


“This book was just breathtaking!! I loved the writing, I felt the story, and the intensity of this childhood friends-to-lovers romance kept my heart racing the whole way through!! Everything about this book – from the writing, to the story, to the emotions it evoked- made it exactly the kind of story I love to read. The delicious, heart wrenching push/pull of Alex and Jess’ friendship and love, the guilt, the longing, the desire, the pain, the healing, all of it was just stunningly portrayed. This is truly one of the most beautiful stories I’ve ever read. An absolutely EPIC love story.”  – Aestas Book Blog

“The angst was so incredibly well written that my heart and stomach were aching throughout much of the novel.  The Mason List is a heavy, heart-wrenching book, but the end left me breathless and full of smiles. I was swept away by the epic romance and storytelling – I highly recommend The Mason List for those who love an unforgettable story.”  Book Lovers for Life

“I loved everything about this book. It’s truly an EPIC love story. It touched my heart. My mind itself is rewinding to the start of the book and go through every word said and falling in love all over again.  This is an heartfelt story that needs to be read. Everyone needs The Mason List in their lives.” – Devoured Words

“The Mason List on the other hand, had me straight-out sobbing. Sobbing multiple times and for many lengths of time each time. Ugly crying while murmuring, ‘No…no…shit.’  This was a extraordinary tale of star-crossed lovers, a childhood romance, a fated lovers story. Look at it any way you want. It took me to places, it made me feel…it’s something I won’t soon forget.” – Book Reader Chronicles

“First off, I’m practically speechless after realizing this was SD Hendrickson’s debut novel.  That said, I could not put it down. Jess Mason and Alex Tanner were some of the most beautifully crafted characters.  This is one novel not to be missed. Phenomenal debut, I’m excited to see what else this author has in store.” – Four Chicks Flipping Pages

“Wonderfully written with purpose, we never lose track of the initial focus. Of where we just KNOW we are going.  Every character is distinguishable, real, “fleshed out” and perfectly believable. They can be awe-inspiring and genuine, self-centered and pouty, to typical-hateful and no-nonsense. Each one will surprise you in their own way. This book delivers on everything it promises in that blurb! Gorgeous and tragic and exhilarating and incredibly inspiring and just soooooo sweet but in a fulfilling way. Not saccharine sweet.” – Maryse’s Book Blog

“This is a book that you should take your time with, cherish and admire.  You should let it fill your heart with compassion.  The Mason List is the definition of an epic story.” We Solemly Swear to Read Good Books

“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.  6 Stars!  This book touched my soul. I highly recommend The Mason List.” – Smutt Book Junkie

“There is a perfect balance of angst, humor, heat, heartbreak and every other emotion you can possibly think of. The author did an amazing job of truly portraying all the emotions the characters were feeling at any given moment in their lives.  I love stumbling upon books like this one!  They make me feel like I hit the book lottery.”  – Reality Bites! Let’s Get Lost!

“Wow! If there is anything that cured me from my book slump, it was definitely this book! What a debut from author S.D. Hendrickson which has officially gone on my list of my Top Faves so far of 2015. In a word…simply magical! S.D. Hendrickson has become a must click author for me and I can’t wait to read what she has in store for us next.” Shh Mom’s Reading™

“Every once in a while a book takes you on an amazing, incredible journey; one you won’t easily forget.  It is not just a book…you love the characters, the location, the references and the personal memories it invokes from you.  (The Mason List) is a love story, so pure and written in such a unique way it will leave you with an epic book hangover. Thank you, S.D. Hendrickson for writing our number one book of 2015 so far. You are officially at the top!” Romance Rewind 

“First and foremost, let me commend this debut author on a job well done. S.D. Hendrickson’s writing isn’t one of a debut author. I would swear this was a NY Times Best seller penning the words of this story. No joke. She’s poetic; her beautifully flowing words melted my heart and in the same breath made me want to jump off a bridge.” Schmexy Girl Book Blog

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