The Prayer Box (Carolina Heirlooms, Bk 1)
The Prayer Box - Carolina Heirlooms, Bk 1 Author:Lisa Wingate 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 pla... more »ce 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.« less
One generation should teach the next. Sometimes that teaching isnt done in the traditional form of speaking and sometimes those words come to us in the form of letters never immediately intended to affect our lives.
Words are so powerful. Im constantly in awe of the potency they can have echoing down through the ages. Tandi has so much growing up to do in The Prayer Box. I couldnt help but be a bit frustrated with her at times, but to watch her mature and change into the woman she is called to be was a great part of the story. Done with subtlety and yet depth so you couldnt help but watch her blossom and deepen.
I really loved the letters shared throughout the entire book. It was the strong reason I choose to review the book and they didnt disappoint. They add a dimension to the story that takes the reader from the past to the present and back again.
Characters are compelling and interesting and the story flows with a sense of interest for this reader. If anything, the story itself might have been a bit drawn out and overlong, but the telling in and of itself is enjoyable and fulfilling.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.
The first part of the book was slow moving, I very rarely stop reading a book. And I am glad I kept reading this one. Once the story line was established and and characters introduced, it became a good book to read. Had it not been for the Iola's part in this book, I would not have enjoyed it. Her devotion to God and her anonymous gifts to those in need it heartwarming.