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The Prayer Box (#01 in Carolina Heirlooms Collection Series)

Lisa Wingate
The Prayer Box (#01 in Carolina Heirlooms Collection Series)
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The Prayer Box (#01 in Carolina Heirlooms Collection Series)

Lisa Wingate

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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.

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About "The Prayer Box (#01 in Carolina Heirlooms Collection Series)"

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.

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Meet the Author

Lisa Wingate

Lisa Wingate lives with her husband and two sons in central Texas, where she is a popular writer and inspirational speaker. She grew up in Oklahoma and studied writing at Oklahoma State University. Author website: lisawingate.com.

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a must-read
5 stars By Marija, May 07 2017
It's been a while since I read this book, but it still stands out in my memory as one of the most powerful Christian novels I have read. The ending to the story is simply beautiful, and its inspiring message about the power of prayer has influenced my own approach to praying for others, because you never know just how important that prayer might be in someone's life. I definitely recommend this book.
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5 stars By Iola, May 14 2014
I will admit I didn't actually buy this novel based on the cover blurb. I bought it because it had a character named Iola (even though Iola is dead by the time the novel starts). Iola isn't exactly a common name, and I was intrigued. 

My curiosity was rewarded: The Prayer Box was certainly worth reading. It's been nominated for the 2014 Christy Awards in the Contemporary Fiction category, and it has to be a strong contender. The plot is tightly-woven, the characters are real and interesting, and the writing is excellent. 

While this novel is written by a Christian author and published by a Christian publisher, it's not preachy come-to-Jesus Christian fiction, but the nature and theme of the novel-prayer-is certainly Christian. The Prayer Box about a broken woman with a life full of mistakes trying to rediscover herself, slowly realising that her identity is about her, not about her boyfriend or husband:

"I wasn't looking for Iola in these boxes. I was looking for myself, for the answer to the question I'd be asking and avoiding for years. How do you finally move beyond the past?"

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