Sandra Dallas has created an unforgettable tale of a friendship between two women, one with surprising twists and turns, and one that is ultimately a revelation of the finest parts of the human spirit.
©2009 Sandra Dallas; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
What a wonderful book! Dallas is such a talented storyteller. Using an economy of words, she picks out the just right details and makes them vivid. The characters and the story itself are much like the quilts- you see beautiful pieces at a time until she lets you stand back and see the greater design. I've enjoyed this book more than any other in a long time.
The narrator is spot on too
The story, setting, people, narator...all perfect. I've only written two other reviews in two years. This book deserves more than 5 stars. Well developed characters and a writing style that links many individual stories together. I wished it wouldn't end. I can't wait for more just like this. If anyone has suggestions, I would love to read your reviews! The Help is quite good and reminds me of this wonderful adventure. Have a great time!
I always enjoy novels with a wealth of detail about the historical setting. Without ever being political or polemic, Ms. Dallas paints a detailed picture, or more accurately, creates a fantastic quilt of interrelated vingettes of life in Colorado mining country for women of the last century - the century with years before 1900. Women who coped well with adversity. I recommend that guys enjoy this book and pass it along to their wives, daughters and mothers ... and to the guy in the next cubicle.
Delightful, well written and fast moving with a surprise at the end. The author really developed rich and warm relationships with the woman characters.
This was our first Sandra Dallas novel, and what a good one to discover her with. This time and place was and especially poignant place to depict the development--from scratch--of a rich relationship being built piece by piece. We loved it and have listened to more of her works. Great story.
Fast approaching retirement as a life long oncology nurse. I love family more than anything. I enjoy reading (audio only), movies, travels, paper crafting, photography, gardening and just being alive.
I choose my audiobooks carefully because it is the only way I can "read" a book. I selected Prayers for Sale because of the reviews and because I loved "TallGrass." I was so disappointed.
There were wonderful aspects to this book. Most all of the reviews cover those.
I obviously am in a minority but I cannot recommend this book. It was so slow. I found the main character rather "flat", not very likeable and someone I will soon forget. At times, I found her and her many "short stories" preachy and irritating.
I wonder if the narration was part of the problem. I had forgot I had sworn off Maggi-Meg Reed narrations after listening to Home Front. There was not a lot of range in her narration. Everyone seemed to sound alike.
Last words - I was happy when the book was done so I could move on.
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.
Prayers for Sale was one of my favorite listens so far, in part because I absolutely loved the story, but also because the performance was done so well. While I listened to the book, I felt like I was listening in on friends as they chatted and gossipped. It was like, I too, was a member of the quilting group getting to know the women and their stories. I highly recommend this book.
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