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The Prayer Box (A Carolina Heirlooms Novel) Paperback – September 1, 2013
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*Starred Review* On the run from a powerful, abusive ex-husband, Tandi Jo Reese finds refuge in a deserted caregiver’s cottage on Hatteras Island. The locals assume that she’s there to take care of the main house, and they offer her friendship and support. Hiding from a wealthy criminal is a harrowing endeavor, and things are especially difficult for Tandi, since she has two children. Tandi then discovers the unusual heritage left behind by the deceased owner of the big house, Iola Ann Poole, who kept a prayer box for each year of her life. As Tandi reads the contents of each box, she is inspired by Iola’s rich life and absolute faith. But Tandi’s road to faith and trust is not an easy one. She still has the tendency to choose the wrong kind of man, and her teenage daughter’s rebellion is out of hand. With a careful eye to detail and a beautiful, lyrical style reminiscent of those of Mary Alice Monroe and Patti Callahan Henry, Wingate vividly sets Tandi’s struggles in a once beautiful Victorian mansion now falling to ruin and guarded by a cranky cat in a small town recovering from the ravages of a hurricane. --Shelley Mosley --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
"I am in awe of Lisa Wingate's talent. She strikes the heart and turns my gaze toward heaven's door. THE PRAYER BOX is a masterpiece of story and skill."
"A book that transcends simple hope and healing while capturing the heart of the reader. Tandi's story is an enchanting take on family ties, redemption, and of allowing oneself to be swept up into a river of grace regardless of one's past. And, in the end, perhaps it's also a testament to the fact that maybe, sometimes. you really can go home again." - Karen White, New York Times bestselling author of The Time Between
"Lisa Wingate writes with grace, beauty and so much heart." -- Sarah Jio, New York Times bestselling author of THE LAST CAMELLIA
"Tenderly woven. Skillfully threaded. A grab-your-heart story about faith, the healing power of love and how both are often found in unlikely places." - Charles Martin, -- New York Times Bestselling author of Unwritten
"Lisa Wingate is a remarkably gifted storyteller. Her novels both captivate and cradle you, and The Prayer Box is Lisa at her finest. Tandi's extraordinary journey of healing and hope on Hatteras Island is a mesmerizing thrill and a joy you'll want to savor. However, beware, you will not be able to put this story down!"
- Beth Webb Hart, best-selling author of Moon Over Edisto
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Yes, it is a little slow in places. It was predictable, and written around a traditional romance genre, but I found it very moving and inspirational, too. It will be a book I'll remember for quite some time. It made me want to be a better person just reading it. And it gave me a lot to think about, too.
It's very easy for anyone who has had a difficult time of it to identify with this book. And, like the prayer book a character in "The Help" kept, the prayer box is a very good idea and one that I think many will think of using after reading this book.
This was not a book which kept me up all night. I was able to read it rather leisurely and there was no need to tear through it. It was a book I savored and enjoyed reading during periods of several days and nights.
I think this book would support a prequel and a sequel - or several. I loved the townspeople.