Release date;August 2013
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 Iola's 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, spanning 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 for Tandi
This was beautifully written from the beginning, with characters that capture your heart and wonderful words. The story follows Tandi and the hardships she has faced, and when we join her she is on the run from what we can assume was a volatile relationship and has found herself in probably not the best situation. We learn through the novel of love, prayers and just kindness. We learn about Iola and her life and likewise some of the harder times she faced with a few wise words thrown in. I loved this book, i wasn't expecting too, but i found that it really appealed to me. I am not a praying lady, but i felt like it wasn't forced upon me in this book either, it was just there. I would highly recommend this .