Book Review of
The Prayer Box
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.
Lisa Wingate is quickly becoming one of my favorite fiction writers and The Prayer Box is now one of my favorite books of hers.
I read mainly nonfiction, but occasionally I need an easy fun fiction read. Not all Lisa Wingate books are easy or fun, many deal with tough topics, but The Prayer Box for me was a fun lighter read.
The story is set in a beach town. It deals with messy pasts, friendship, dysfunctional families, and of course a little romance. I can’t wait to read more of Lisa Wingate’s books.