Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.


Kritters Thoughts:  Tandi is a tragic character right from the start, she escaped a bad relationship and has ended up in another without realizing it.  She is stressed trying to raise two kids and running from her past.  Through letters to God, Tandi ends up learning about her deceased neighbor that helps her change her life.

There were many many moments where I wanted to knock this character upside her head!  She just had no sense and I just wanted her to realize that she was repeating her mistakes, it took a lot of time for me to grow to even like her.  I loved the setting for the book, the town and its people were awesome.  I wouldn't mind listening to more of their back stories and learning more about the history of the town and maybe less of Tandi's issues.

Not my first Lisa Wingate book and maybe not my favorite, but it wasn't one that I wouldn't pass on to others.  I would recommend other Lisa Wingate books before this one.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from JKS Communications.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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