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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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Product Details

  • 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: #1,557,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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. Book got a little 'preachy' at times but never overstepped. The lives of these women, their families and a summer of dreadful drought kept my attention to the final page. Then I had to re-read the first chapter to get the meaning of all the different tapestry threads woven 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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Exciting events in Hold Up the Sky will keep readers wanting more of this story and more from author, Patricia Sprinkle.

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.
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This book is one of the best that I have read this year. The author portrays four women in crises, and they all come together for each other. Each woman has her own problems, but finds the important things in life.
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.
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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. By the middle of the book, I was on their side and loved them by the end. There was plenty of heartache to deal with, but, that's real life. I was definitely smiling by the end and came to identify in some ways with all four of the ladies (the central characters). The setting is in my home state and I had no trouble picturing the scenes. I recommend the book.
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The first part of this book, in which you're getting to know the different characters, seems a bit slow, but don't be fooled by that. By the time they're canning things, you can't put it down.

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.
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