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Review: The Prayer Box

12 Aug Posted by in Reviews | 1 comment
Review: The Prayer Box

The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate
Reviewed by: Samantha Kinkade
Genre: Christian Fiction
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date: 2013

When Iola Anne Poole, longtime resident on Hatteras Island with a past that causes the other townsfolk to whisper, passes away in her rambling seaside home, swept aside secrets and long forgotten stories slip away with her.

Tasked with the chore of cleaning out the oversized Victorian home, Tandi Jo Reese finds more than she bargained for. Single and struggling, Tandi is barely keeping her head above water. Renting the cottage just beyond Iola’s beloved house, she grapples to make her way through motherhood, sisterhood, and friendship on Hatteras Island.

With Iola’s becoming a sanctuary for her tattered life, Tandi discovers eighty-one uniquely decorated boxes, filled to the brim with prayers from Iola’s youth to her final day. As she uncovers the beautiful truth of Iola Anne Poole, Tandi happens upon herself as well – and the sureness of her role as a mother and her place in the community she learns to call a family.

The Prayer Box is a wonderfully crafted novel that touches on the hurts and humors of the heart and the joy of the journey of life. Tandi has got to be one of my favorite characters in a long time. Her flaws drew my heart to hers and her successes made me smile. As she travels through Iola’s life via her prayer boxes, Tandi begins to see Iola for who she really was – who the Lord molded her into being. And yet, as she finds Iola’s identity, her own is truly revealed.

Lisa Wingate definitely has a way with words, and the words penned by Iola, filled with such wisdom, were what made this book great. Tiny snippets of insight from a love-giving life propelled the story with a sentimental and encouraging tone that was hard to put down.
And the final pages – what a beautiful ending to Tandi’s long journey – but I won’t give it away… you’ll just have to find out for yourself!

Rated PG: A great read for many ages – more suitable for an older audience.

Review copy provided by the publisher. Thank you!


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