The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate is about Tandi Jo Reese a 33 year old single mother. She had just left her husband and ran away with her two children to the Outer Banks. She is trying to start a new life and beat an addiction to OxyContin. Her life up to this point has been full of pain and untrustworthy people including her parents. She rents a cottage next to a large Victorian owned by a 91 year old woman named Iola Anne Poole. When Iola dies, and Tandi is tasked to clean out the large Victorian her life is forever changed at the discovery of many boxes filled with letters.
I really really enjoyed this book. When I first started reading it, I thought I would have a hard time identifying with the characters and really getting into the story. Boy, was I ever wrong! The characters really come to life and are full and rich. I felt like I knew them by the end of the book. Tandi's character especially is complex and complicated. There are lots of wonderful stories woven throughout and many wonderful quotes. My favorite quote was, "Maybe there came a point in life where you had to quit categorizing whole groups of people by a few bad experiences." This book was a great read. I'm so glad that I read it. I was crying by the end. I was really invested and then surprised by the outcome at the end of the book. I highly recommend reading this story. I will read it again.
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.