I really enjoyed this book. Tandi goes from being a self-centered, drug-dependent mother whose children take care of themselves to a caring, sacrificial mother. She reaches outside of herself and becomes involved in saving an old historical house simply by reading the prayers of the deceased owner and sensing her love for the place and her caring for the people around her. Nobody understood Iola Anne Poole and yet she donated thousands and thousands of dollars to the local people--always done anonymously. I was challenged to write down more of my prayers--it is a great reference to be able to look back and see how God has answered them. As in most books, there were parts I didn't agree with, but the main gist of the story was well done. I will be looking forward to reading more of Lisa's books.
This was a pretty good book written by Lisa Wingate. At some points I thought the book moved slowly. In the story it seems like everything is going wrong for the single mom, Tandi. But then she starts cleaning the house of Iola and finding hidden prayers in individual unique boxes. The story reminded that when one door closes another will open for you, such as it did for Tandi. After reading this book, I plan on making a prayer box, like the one in the story that Iola wrote.
I love Lisa Wingate's books but this one was harder for me to get into. You get a lot of background and other information before ever getting to the meat of the book relating to the title. Very well written with great detail. I think its an interesting idea of writing out your prayers like a diary.
The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate is the story of a single mom named Tandi and her deceased landlord Iola Anne. When Iola passes in her sleep in the big house that is behind the cottage that Tandi lives in Tandi notices the lights aren't coming on anymore and goes and finds her dead. Iola had no one who cared and Tandi had been too busy in her own stuff to get to know her.
Tandi is a struggling single mother who has lived a life from birth that makes her questions everyone's motives and not trust anyone. She is struggling to support her two children and most of the time they fend for themselves. But she ends up being in the right place at the right time and is asked to help clean out Iola's kitchen for the church. When she happens upon Iola's prayer boxes she begins to learn the story of this remarkable women and begins to learn and change. But in the end what will happen to Iola's house and precious memories? Will it all be destroyed to create flood plains for the rich beach houses?
This book at first frustrated me. Not because of the writing though. Lisa is a fabulous author. She can really craft words and sentences and paint a beautiful picture. I was so frustrated with the main character Tandi. I mean why didn't she trust anyone and why wouldn't she open up and accept help. It drove me nuts that she would just leave her kids for some guy who she thought was better than the one she had just ran from. I wanted to shake her and tell her to get her act together. But then she starts to change, and the story of Iola's life unfolds and the last half of the book I read in one night. This is a fabulous story and after having read it I think a prayer box is a fabulous idea. You truly must read this book.
Loved this book! It was a great summer book and one I read fast. The characters are ones you would want to be friends with in real life. The story is one that will touch your and stay with you long after you are done reading it. This will be one of those books that you loan to your friends and say "I want this back when your done reading it!"
Tandi Jo Reese is renting a cottage from Iola Anne Poole. So when Iola passes away at 91, she gets the task of cleaning out and going through Iola's stuff inside the big Victorian house. Tandi has issues and problems of her own so cleaning out the Victorian house is the last thing on her list. Her past is messy and a disaster to say the least. So the last thing she thinks she will find while going through Iola's things is comfort, safety and a place to hide and heal.