Author: Lisa Widget
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source: Kristi of Kritters Ramblings
Goodreads: 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 for Tandi.
Ope’s Opinion: Lisa Wingate really knows how to tell a story. I never felt like I was being preached to or that judgement was being passed on the characters in the book.
Wingate let the characters, especially Tandi grow and become independent. Watching her healing process showed that God could heal anyone. Her self esteem was slowly restored, which made it feel real – not rushed.
I am not usually a fan of books in letter form. This one was better then most. The writing carried me through parts that I thought were a bit slow. I had just finished reading The Sea Glass Sisters – it was such a short, fast moving book – I was wishing this one would have been a bit faster moving.