I read this book as part of the book club at my church. This book was very well written and believable. The main character's life is transformed by people from the past and the present in a small town on the N.C. Outer Banks. Everyone in my book club really liked it!
The Prayer Box is a unique story. Tandi is trying to start over after a series of disasters. Upon arriving in the Outer Banks and discovering treasures in Iola Anne Poole's house, the Lord begins to work in Tandi's life showing her the power of prayer.
I was intrigued by the premise of the story, but found it difficult to connect with Tandi's character. I think that probably contributed to the slowness of the book for me. However, the overarching message was beautiful. And about halfway through, I got really interested in seeing how the book would conclude. [3 stars]
In the Prayerbox, Tandi is a runaway mother with two children. She runs from Dallas to North Carolina to escape a painful past to a place she felt safe when she was a child. She finds a home with Iola Poole on a temporary basis but does not allow herself to get to know her. Then, when Iona dies, Tandi agrees to help clean out her home and in doing so, she discovers 81 boxes of prayers. As Tandi reads them, she not only discovers how strong and faithful her landlady was, but how loving God is. As she gets to know her landlady, she makes a decision about what kind of person she wants to be not only for herself, but also for her children. I found this book to be heart-warming and it made me ask myself the same question: what kind of woman do I want to be and what kind of example do I want to leave for my family.
Tandi Jo Reese, single mother of two, chooses to run away to escape her abusive past, abusive relationship, and her dependency on prescription drugs. The Outer Banks seems like a safe place to go. It is the one place from her childhood where she felt safe and she has wonderful memories of time spent there with her grandparents.
Shortly after moving there, Tandi finds the body of her elderly landlady, Iola Poole, who died peacefully in her sleep. Tandi is charged with cleaning out the home and discovers boxes and boxes of letters written by Iola to her Father.
Through the written prayers of Iola, Tandi begins to see glimpses of hope and learns to trust others. She learns it is possible to have new beginnings, and sees the power of forgiveness and prayer at work. I loved this book!