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Prayers for Sale | [Sandra Dallas]

Prayers for Sale

Hennie Comfort is 86 and has lived in the mountains of Middle Swan, Colorado since before it was Colorado. Nit Spindle is just 17 and newly married. She and her husband have just moved to the high country in search of work. It's 1936 and the depression has ravaged the country and Nit and her husband have suffered greatly. Hennie notices the young woman loitering near the old sign outside of her house that promises "Prayers For Sale".
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Hennie Comfort is 86 and has lived in the mountains of Middle Swan, Colorado since before it was Colorado. Nit Spindle is just 17 and newly married. She and her husband have just moved to the high country in search of work. It's 1936 and the depression has ravaged the country and Nit and her husband have suffered greatly. Hennie notices the young woman loitering near the old sign outside of her house that promises "Prayers For Sale". Hennie doesn't sell prayers, never has, but there's something about the young woman that she's drawn to. The harsh conditions of life that each have endured create an instant bond and an unlikely friendship is formed, one in which the deepest of hardships are shared and the darkest of secrets are confessed.

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

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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 05-03-09
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 05-03-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great book"

    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

    37 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Richmond, VA, USA 06-05-09
    Barbara Richmond, VA, USA 06-05-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Wonderful!!!"

    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!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Patterson SAN DIEGO, CA, US 12-03-09
    Nancy Patterson SAN DIEGO, CA, US 12-03-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Prayers for Sale (Unabridged)"

    Delightful, well written and fast moving with a surprise at the end. The author really developed rich and warm relationships with the woman characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Amherst, MA, United States 08-03-11
    Jonathan Amherst, MA, United States 08-03-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Guys could - should - will like this too."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Damon CROSSETT, AR, United States 02-08-11
    Damon CROSSETT, AR, United States 02-08-11 Member Since 2001
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    "Absolutely classic story..."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth St. Paul, MN United States 05-08-12
    Elizabeth St. Paul, MN United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2007

    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.

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    "Very Disappointed"

    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.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "wonderful book"

    a very entertaining book, well read and a wonderful moral to the story . I would recomend this purchase highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RueRue Orange County, CA 05-11-14
    RueRue Orange County, CA 05-11-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent narration and a celebration of women"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were several characters that I liked, but the (2) that really stood out were Nit and Hennie.


    Which character – as performed by Maggi-Meg Reed – was your favorite?

    Maggie-Meg Reed did an excellent job with Hennie, aging her voice to reflect the character's 86 years.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    disudds SLC, UT 06-03-12
    disudds SLC, UT 06-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doris United States 05-13-12
    Doris United States 05-13-12 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself! I am so looking forward to reading the best of All gifts!

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    Where does Prayers for Sale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Prayers for Sale rank 3rd among all the audiobooks I've listened to so far?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Prayers for Sale?

    When Mrs. Hennie tells Ned the history behind the "Prayers for sale" sign.


    What about Maggi-Meg Reed’s performance did you like?

    Maggi-Meg did a great job using voice, intonation and personality in characters.


    If you could take any character from Prayers for Sale out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Mrs. Hennie out for dinner because she has a quality gift of telling neighborhood stories to inspire, cheer and unify friendships even during down moments.


    Any additional comments?

    a gread read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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