A compelling, heartfelt, story!
It's safe to say I have not read a book like this one ever before, and I mean that in the best way possible. Wingate shares with us two stories separated by time. She artfully weaves Iola Anne's story into Tandi's in an intriguing way that pulled me deeper within the pages. The use of letters and a prayer box is such a beautiful concept!
Before I ramble about Tandi, I want to focus on Iola for a moment. This woman is amazing, generous, and compassionate. Her heart is so big. She doesn't even judge or feel any kind of bitterness toward her neighbors for how they treat her. That is simply amazing. People like Iola in real life are few and far between. We as readers need to learn from this wonderful fictional lady.
As for Tandi... Wow. She's been through so much. She has this strength within her, that she doesn't realize is there. Her life is truly messed up, but as she meets her landlady, through her landlady's prayer boxes, she is slowly transformed from the inside out. I don't want to spill too much, but I like watching positive actions get positive results.
To conclude, The Prayer Box fell short of my expectations by a small amount. I requested this book without realizing it is geared for women a generation older than I. Nonetheless, I found it a good read and Wingate's writing is up to par in her latest release.
I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!
When Iola Anne Poole, an
old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the
struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds
herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola's rambling Victorian
house. Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find
more than a temporary hiding place within Iola's walls, but everything
changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer
boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola's youth to her last days.
Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits
of paper--the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but
complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung
life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final
lesson that could change everything for Tandi.