A young woman, an old woman, and the story of a lifetime…
When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out the rambling Victorian house.
Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola's walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, dating from Iola's youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper - the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life, filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything.
©2013 Lisa Wingate (P)2013 Blackstone Audio
I have to state up front that I had trouble understanding the narrator for this book. She had such a whispering, emotionally filled voice that at times I could not decipher what she was saying. I kept stopping and thinking that I would give up and return the book but the story just kept drawing me back. The message was positive, the characters well developed and believable and in the end I was won over. The themes of rebuilding and self discovery were strong. I'm glad I stuck with it and finished the book--the story was worth it and to me that's what really matters.
Captured my attn & kept it. Lovely story w/ well developed characters that you can't help but love. Inspires prayer and lifts your spirits.
Linda, avid listener
The book itself was very enjoyable. Just don't listen to it. Buy the book. Doesn't anyone preview a narrator to see if they can be understood? I almost stopped listening within the first few minutes. I couldn't understand what was being said. It was even worse when the narrator used a southern accent for a couple of the characters. I turned up the volume and hit rewind a number of times to hear what had been said. I really wanted to hear the story, so I endured it to the end.
The setting was interesting, taking place on an island in the Outer Banks of Florida. The plot and characters were engaging. You learned about a character through the letters she wrote to God. The book had a number of really good messages. I enjoyed the book, in spite of the narration.
It would be an interesting movie.
The book showed the comparison of a controlling person in relationships, and normal relationships. It showed the kinds of hurts women have in their lives that make them the target of controlling abusers. Abusers know the type of women that will allow the control in the relationship, instead of walking away immediately. Great job, Lisa.
Really enjoyed it
Iola because of her depth of character and her interesting life.
friendly, expressive, comforting
I would take out Iola or Tandy to get to know them better. To see the expressions on their faces as they spoke.
At the beginning of the story I wasn't sure I was going to like it but then I was drawn in and couldn't put it down. I thought the story was thought provoking, enlightening and inspirational. The narrator expressed emotion very well with her voice. My only problem was that the narrator's voice was not always clear and easy to understand, especially when she was Iola's voice, which was a problem. I didn't want to miss a word! I don't think it was her fault but the recording.
I will preview more closely.
There were times that I couldn't understand the reader. Her voice was whispery towards the end of her words.
I wouldn't know, couldn't finish it.
I really should call and get a refund.
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