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"A heartfelt story of the women who catch us when we fall-the sisters and friends who hold up the sky and show us who we were meant to be."
-Lisa Wingate, author of The Summer Kitchen

"Patricia Sprinkle takes us deep into the thoughts and feelings of four women who realize the only way to true strength is to share their faith, their hearts and each other's lives. A beautiful and thoroughly southern story of the enduring bond of women's friendships through the seasons of the year and the seasons of life. Sprinkle knows this world and we are lucky that in her lyrical language she shares it with us!"
-Patti Callahan Henry, national bestselling author of Driftwood Summer



About the Author

Patricia Sprinkle grew up in North Carolina and northern Florida, graduated from Vassar College, and spent a winter writing in the Scottish Highlands before settling in Atlanta. Although as an adult she has also lived in Chicago and Miami, her mysteries and novels reflect her love for and the strength of her Southern roots. Sprinkle is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Contact her at patriciasprinkle@hotmail.com.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451229142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451229144
  • ASIN: B003XU7VSI
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,298,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia has done it again when she introduces new characters that we come to love and know as friends. One of the things I greatly admire about Patricia's books is her in-depth character development. Great read. I couldn't put it down and then was sad when I finished because it was like taking a trip and making new friends and then having to leave and wondering how they are doing. I wanted the story to continue so I could visit with them some more!
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I have read many of Patricia Sprinkle's books, and this is my favorite. It is rare that a book makes me cry and laugh, but this one did. These wonderful women and their friends and family became real to me as I read. As with the other reviews, I didn't want this book to end, and I hope we get to meet the characters again.
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Hold Up the Sky is your quintessential Southern story. Sweet tea, lazy afternoons, and peaches are part of the lifestyle in the part of Georgia where the story takes place. Patricia Sprinkle has created a story where four women have to go out of their comfort zone and take control of their lives. Instead of depending on others as they have done in the past, the women must make choices and decisions entirely on their own. The story is told from Billie Waits point of view but also visits the lives of Margaret, her sister; Mamie, the woman who took care of her as a child, and Emerita, a Mexican immigrant who comes to their town. Billie's plight includes a daughter born with cerebral palsy. Sprinkle delicately handles the struggles of a single mother who tries to take care of her disabled daughter as well as make a living for herself. Margaret has to handle a husband who decides he doesn't want to be in a marriage with her anymore and the repercussions that come from his decision. Meanwhile Mamie and Emerita are facing issues that involving their own personal well-being.

I felt that the story focuses more on Billie and Margaret and less on the other two women. In fact, Emerita is not introduced until about 2/3s of the story. However, the four women are all intertwined and their faith is what keeps them going on during these tough situations. It also all comes down to accepting the fact they all need help and must push past pride to ask for it. There are faith elements in this story but they are not done in a way that is overtly pushing beliefs on the reader. Situations involving divorce, infidelity, and abandonment in marriage are topics discussed throughout the book.
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This is the first Patricia Sprinkle book I have read and I loved it! She is a great storyteller and you come to love and admire her characters....only problem with the book is that it ended!! I will definitely read more of her work.
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I loved this book! I felt like I really got to know and understand the characters, which the author developed with care. This book is about those complicated, wonderful, blessed, painful relationships we have with our sisters.I was sad when the book ended, and even though the ending was a bit predictable, it felt comfortable as an old quilt.
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I borrowed this from the library, and had to renew it because it just didn't catch my interest at first. But once I actually sat down with it, I changed my mind. Billie (short for Wihelmina) is 28, the solo mother of a 5-year-old daughter with cerebral palsey. Her husband, Porter, left her two days after Michelle was born because he couldn't cope with a disabled child. But he has been faithfully sending her monthly child support checks, until this month. Now Billie can't find Porter and has to find a source of income with only $12 in the bank and no way of working as she can't find childcare because of Michelle's disability. It's told in the first person, but past tense, so she keeps stopping her own story to tell the stories of the other characters, which is quite interesting.

The other characters include Margaret (Billie's older sister, who is happily married with two children) Emerita (a Mexican immigrant) and Mamie, the elderly woman who looked after both Margaret and Billie as children, who now has some serious health problems. Circumstances bring the women together, only none of them are telling the whole truth about their situations. I had one niggle with the story, but to tell would be a spoiler.

I enjoyed it more than I thought I would at first - it's got a bit of mystery (missing husband), a bit of romance (high-school crush), a bit of humour and well-written characters that are flawed yet still likeable, and it's discussing some difficult problems without being dreary and without resorting to Christian platitudes (none of the 'oh, your husband's left you, your son hates you, you've lost your house and can't get a job. Never mind, God loves you' which some authors resort to). It's a Christian novel, but not overwhelmingly so. All in all, a solid 4 star read.
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Patricia Sprinkle came to speak at our Christian Authors Guild spring conference a few weeks ago, and I went with my husband, who is the prez this year. Hearing Patricia speak and seeing what a good storyteller and communicator she is, I knew I wanted to read one of her many books. I picked this one, being more in the mood for a novel than a mystery, after Patricia described the plot to me. It was right in line with my life right now, since I'm learning in our ladies' prayer group how good and necessary it is for women to share together and help each other in our struggles.
The book has so many good insights, many of which come directly from the mouths of the women characters as they share with each other. I loved Mamie's description of the love of God, and the emphasis on the sacrament of shared memories. I read the book entirely while on a 4 day cruise with my husband. The story was a page-turner; the characters became like close friends. I had a hard time putting it down, and I was sad when it ended. I hope to read more about the characters in the future. I highly recommend 'Hold Up the Sky'.
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