This is a story about a single mother who flees an abusive relationship in Texas going to North Carolina where she spent time as a child. She struggles to make a new life for her and her children. When Iola Poole, whom she is renting a house from, dies she gets the job of cleaning and sorting through Ms. Poole's home. She finds prayer boxes and as she reads the prayers she learns about faith and surviving hard times. Great story and highly recommend this book.
The Prayer Box is the first book I have read by Lisa Wingate and I really liked it. I really like her unique writing style. I loved the location, the story, and the characters. I look forward to reading more by this author.
I did not want to put this book down! It is full of warmth, beauty, and love. Although sadness and heartache are also there, they do not win. Through the difficulties, the characters grow stronger. This is written with humor, and with delightfully vivid descriptions. I feel as if I've been to these places, and known these people. I identified with the emotions and felt as if I were part of the story; and I love a happy ending. Lisa Wingate writes beautifully.
The Prayer Box tells the story of Tandi Jo Reese, fleeing a difficult past and making a new life in the Outer Banks. When her landlady, Iola Anne Poole, passes away, she is tasked with cleaning up the place, and discovers a lifetime of prayers, written as letters to her Father and tucked into 81 boxes (one a year from the year she started). As she reads these letters, it changes her perspective of Iola, herself, and God.
This was a beautifully written book that left me sighing and with that wonderful "feel good" feeling at the end. I loved the author's Note at the end and her inspiration for the story, and her encouragement to start your own prayer boxes. What a wonder to have a lifetime of prayers recorded! Just think, to be able to look back and see the development of your relationship with God, and His faithfulness throughout your life. Wow!