As I kept reading this book, that old saying about an onion having many layers was repeated over and over in my mind.
An elderly widow named Hennie Comfort has a sign on her front fence that says "Prayers for Sale" and one day a very young newly married girl asks Hennie to prayer for her and thus begins a very unlikely friendship.
Set in small minding town called Middle Swan, Colorado during the 1930's, the friendship and mentorship of 80 year old Hennie and and 17 year old Nit Spindle begins. Between ranch living, and quilting, and life dramas, the lives of these two women and the community they live in slowly come together.
Hennie sees a lot of herself in Nit, and Nit in turn, sees in Hennie the strong woman that she one day would like to be. They have each had their hardships and each will come out a better person for what they have had to endure and because of the gamblers, and moonshiners and soiled doves and corrupt business practices, they will each in turn be a stronger person for it.
Sandra Dallas does a wonderful job in setting the historical feel, with enough lore and truth to keep you turning the page.
Sandra Dallas just keeps getter better and better! What a wonderful read this is! I wanted to linger with the characters and listen to all of Hennie's stories again and again. I became emotionally invested in the author's characters of Hennie and Nit. Love, loss, redemption and forgiveness...it is all here in spell-binding prose that will make your heart sing. This book is a thing of beauty!!! One of my top reads of the year!
Well written. I liked how the the story was told in a series of stories. I enjoyed the scenery Sandra displays in her writing. I did not want the book to come to an end.
Prayers for Sale is a sweet story of women's friendships in a 1940s Colorado Mining town. Hennie Comfort is an 86 yo woman who has lived in Middle Swan most of her adult life. Nit Spindle is a young woman, newly married who has just arrived in the town. They meet in Hennies front yard over her sign offering prayers for sale. As the women become friends and share stories, secrets are revealed and life unfolds. While somewhat predictable, I enjoyed this book. The story is told in an authentic voice with a satisfying conclusion. This was the first book by Sandra Dallas that I've read, and I'll definitely be reading more.
This is a very enjoyable book to read, set during The Depression. Its told from (mainly) one characters perspective and reveals much about her life and the mountain town she lives in though the stories she tells. There are turns and surprises throughout. This is a book I wanted to go on and on and not end!