Wednesday, June 4, 2014
THE PRAYER BOX by Lisa Wingate
When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola's rambling Victorian house.
Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola's walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola's youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper--the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything.
Tandi is a single mother in hiding from an abusive mate, her money is running out, and she needs an extension on her paying her rent. When she goes to speak to her landlady, Iola, she finds the 91 yr old dead. Iola's church inherits her property and in exchange for cleaning out her house they give Tandi a month's free rent. While cleaning the closet she finds prayer boxes containing letters to God. Reading these help her to realize the person Iola was and she begins to understand just how much God loves her.
I found this to be a wonderfully entertaining book and love the idea of a box. I intend to make a box which looks like a lot of fun. This one easily gets 5 stars!