Well, friends, Lisa has done it again! And honestly, I’m thinking The Prayer Box is her best story yet. She’s always been a master at building believable characters and getting us to root for the protagonist right away. But her wit is one of the things I admire most about her writing. Being funny is HARD, and Lisa manages to sneak in light-hearted one-liners at perfect moments, just enough to ease the heavy weight and tension of her otherwise deep plots. That’s genius, my friends. Pure genius.
So…here’s the inside scoop about the story. Tandi Jo Reese is a single mom, struggling to salvage her emotional well-being while becoming involved with the wrong man. She is losing her grip on the strained relationship she has with her children, and she is fighting a substance abuse problem. Life for Tandi is hard, and she doesn’t deserve it to be. She’s a good person who tries to do the right things, but the fates have had their way with her and she is about as close to broken as someone can be.
That’s when she decides to clean an old home that belonged to a recluse neighbor. While on the job, Tandi discovers a stash of prayer boxes that contain the story of Iola Anne Poole’s long life. As she traces the fragments of that story, Tandi learns a few important lessons about her own journey, and she rediscovers her own worth. Along the way, tension builds, danger deepens, and relationships both fray and mend.
Ultimately, this is a story written by a strong, amazing woman…about strong, amazing women…and it should be read by strong, amazing women. What did I take away from this story? Redemption is possible, even for those most damaged hearts, and reaching a dead end doesn’t mean the adventure is complete.
I absolutely LOVE this book…everything about it, and I strongly encourage you to read it, loan it to your friends, share it with your loved ones, donate it to your church library, etc. Sure hope this makes it to the big screen someday.
Also…be sure to enter to win the beautiful sea glass jewelry handcrafted by Lisa’s sweet Aunt Sandy…yet another strong, amazing woman sharing her talents with us all.