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Hold Up the Sky Paperback – Bargain Price, March 2, 2010
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-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 email@example.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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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I borrowed this one from the library and thoroughly enjoyed it. It took me awhile to understand the two main characters--I misjudged them in the beginning. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Always Reading
A very compelling tapestry of the interwoven lives of three women; how their many trials have shaped them and how they come to receive comfort and support from one another to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Marilyn P. Keenan
I love southern writers . Patricia Sprinkle is now at the top of my list of "must reads". Love her references to Georgia's Cherokee Indians. Her people are my people. Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by Jimzrod
It was just different from other books I have read and I couldn't wait to get back to it every day.Published on February 1, 2014 by LaDanta Kowis
Our local book club has chosen this book and it has not disappointed us. The bonding among strong women is a good genre for today's women. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by N. L. Shipley
I love Patricia Sprinkles books. I will recommend this book to my book club. Good read as usual. Thanks Patricia.Published on July 22, 2013 by Jeanne M. Disney
This is a truly Southern story of women and the way they handle the burdens and blessings life has dealt them. It is also a story of friendship among women. Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by J. Belcher
This was a story with many layers and some of the layers I could take to task in my own life. I read it in two bedtime reading sessions and couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Silver Pearl
Exciting events in Hold Up the Sky will keep readers wanting more of this story and more from author, Patricia Sprinkle. Read morePublished on September 27, 2012 by Amazon Customer