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.
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.
Listen to about four audio books a months. Never without one.
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 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.
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