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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top Customer Reviews
Three ordinary Southern women and a Hispanic immigrant face multiple problems. Eventually they must work together canning vegetables and spend the time quarrelling. Then one of them honestly shares the truth about her situation. The others follow with their stories and all realize they've misjudged each other. They weep together and become supportive friends.
This well-written, intriguing story portrays independent women with immense problems who find that sharing makes life so much better. The youngest woman searches for a husband who unexpectedly abandoned her and their child. She solves his murder and finds love and her dream future. Two proud women have faced divorce and abuse. The other one knows she may die, but continues to help others. Hold Up the Sky proves that women are strong, caring and wise. A GOOD read.
This is a book that any woman can relate too, because our lives are not perfect, and problems do come into play. Having others to share with you and be there for you, even though they are working on their own situations, is a blessing.
This book should be made into a movie. Women would not only relate to the story, but would learn some important lessons that life does change, but there are solutions.
I find this book to be really inspiring, in two ways. The first is Mamie's "God's tapestry" explanation of things. Dark threads and light ones mingling make the overall picture. It a very good analogy for how He deals with us.
Also, I think it's inspiring in the way that it deals with the strength that women often don't know that they have. Ms Sprinkle shows very clearly that we can choose to feel sorry for ourselves if things aren't perfect or we can choose to "hold up the sky".
I've given copies to a lot of people, and I really recommend this as a gift for women. (Not meaning to sound sexist- I just haven't a clue what the male take on it would be. :)
If you've read any of my other reviews, you know I don't give 5 stars lightly, but Hold Up the Sky deserves every one of them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 15 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 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
Oh my, I did not want this book to end. The women you meet on these pages just make you want to get into the kitchen and start canning tomatoes. Laughter, tears, love, more love... Read morePublished on June 11, 2012 by Just Jan