Friday, June 20, 2014

The Prayer Box

Author: Lisa Wingate
Publisher: Tyndale Fiction
August 2013
ISBN:  978-1414386881
Genre: Contemporary Women’s fiction

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.

THE PRAYER BOX starts kind of sad and depressing. Tandi is a single mom hiding from her ex, without a job, living in a rental that she's two weeks behind on rent. She goes over to her landlady's house and discovers her dead in her bed... Tandi lives in fear for the next week, afraid she'll be found out living there and not paying rent, but then she is hired to clean out the house...

Tandi is struggling, two children she doesn't know how to handle, a string of bad relationships, and a result of that, a healthy fear of strangers.  Readers and fans of Ms. Wingate will root for Tandi, hoping she can find  her footing, herself, and a future with a hope instead of more broken promises and shattered dreams.

If you like women's fiction, don't miss THE PRAYER BOX. There is a hint of romance as well. $15.99. 386 pages.

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