About the Book
When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola's rambling Victorian house.Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola's walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola's youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper--the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything for Tandi.(Goodreads)
This is the second book by Lisa Wingate that I have read and it is by far the best! The Prayer Box is a great story full of real life characters. Wingate does not sugar coat a hard life of a single mom, who is overcoming her addiction to pain pills. While raising two children Tandi has strayed on her responsibilities but is slowly getting back on the right path. To my reading dismay she continues to be in a relationship with Ross, a man who could care less about her or her kids. Tandi's life changes drastically when she is asked to clean out Iola Poole's house. She finds a stack of old prayer boxes that depicted the life of Iola Poole and takes you back in time to another century.
This was a very good book, well written, full of detail, history uniqueness, and great characters. I really liked reading how Tandi grows, her life is so realistic to many people's life today, it was nice to see that things can change.
I recommend to those who like a story with a little depth, and good solid characters.
"I received this book from Tyndale for free in exchange for an honest review."