I loved this book. Hennie Comfort is an old, wise and spry old woman. She is at peace with her age but not at peace with losing her home of 70 years. She loves her life, the town and the people of the town so much she grieves the empending move to her daughter across the US.
We watch Hennie develop a new friendship with another woman 60 years her junior. Through that friendship, we learn more about Hennie all the people of the town. Soon, I found the town became a character of the book as Hennie wove wonderfully satisfying stories.
I fell in love with Hennie. I want her for my friend, grandmother, my mother, and my guardian angel...as she seemed to be so so many.
As Hennie weaves her stories to her new young friend Nit, Hennie also crafts her artistic and beautiful quilts, which serve to warm, comfort, decorate. I am not a quilter but my grandmother was. I could never understand the attraction...but this book changed that. I suddenly understood the tapestry of life that a quilt can be.
I discovered by reading this book that I love stories of strong females with strong friendships. Prayers for Sale is about just that...strong yet feminine women bonding, loving, caring, nurturing, sharing, giving and relating. The book made me feel happy.
I experienced this book via the audible version. The narrator set just the right pace and tone. She did accents that enhanced the story. She conveyed the emotions of the characters with perfect pitch. I thoroughly enjoyed this version of the book.
This is a great story. It describes life in a mining town and covers quite a span of history. It focuses on women's experiences and is engrossing. I highly recommend this book.
The characters impressed me tremendously and taught me forgiveness on a surreal compassionate level. The moral especially strengthen my marriage to a drinking man. The author interview provided to be a great closer, as I was sad to have the book end.
Sandra Dallas is an engaging storyteller. Her novel "Tallgrass" was a good story with some important messages within. Prayers for Sale just seemed to be a collection of short stories, later strung together into a book, but with no unifying message for the reader. The Narrator's presentation was irritating to listen to.
I read Prayers For Sale as a book club selection. I almost ignored it then I got a text saying "I want to be like Hennie". So I bought the audio book and listened to it while I caught up my ironing and made jam! I felt like I was a part of that time. The story can be a bit predictable, but only because the author makes you wish for what will happen!
I listen to this one again and again. I loved the story, I loved the narrator and I loved how the book made me feel.
There were several characters that I liked, but the (2) that really stood out were Nit and Hennie.
Maggie-Meg Reed did an excellent job with Hennie, aging her voice to reflect the character's 86 years.
This is a story of women and the bonds of friendship. No swearing, but there are some descriptions of heartbreaking cruelty, so it's not a "fluffy" book. The ending is a bit too neat, but somehow justified by all the hardships these wonderful characters endured.