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Review: Prayers for Sale

August 2, 2016

Prayers for Sale

Seventeen year old Nit Spindle moves to Middle Swan, Colorado with her new husband.  She’s recently lost a baby and is grieving and lonely.  When she sees a sign that says “Prayers for Sale,” she approaches the house and finds a kindred spirit in eighty six year old Hennie Comfort.  Hennie senses the young woman needs help and takes her under her wing – she shares stories with her and brings her into her quilting circle.

Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas is the story of an unlikely friendship between two women who are generations apart but have much in common.  Their lives haven’t always been easy and they find themselves in a mining town that’s seen better days.  The two bond quickly and form a lasting friendship.  I enjoyed the women and their friendship but can’t say I loved the book.  The book didn’t always hold my attention so, for me, it was good, but not great.

The audio version of Prayers for Sale is read by one of my favorite narrators,  Maggi-Meg Reed.  As usual, she nailed the voices and dialogue but I found my mind wandering during some of the book.  I’m not sure if it was the story or the narration.  I do think historical fiction lovers will enjoy this book more than I did.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. August 2, 2016 5:35 am

    Sounds like a good premise though!

  2. August 2, 2016 7:30 am

    The only book I’ve read by Sandra Dallas is Tallgrass. The audio was quite good, as I recall.

  3. bookingmama permalink
    August 2, 2016 7:41 am

    I think I read this one many years ago. I don’t remember much about it but I do know I really like the author!

  4. August 2, 2016 8:07 am

    I read it a couple of years ago so I looked it up on GR. I liked it but didn’t love it. I’ll look for the narrator though!

  5. August 2, 2016 10:17 am

    I’ve never read Sandra Dallas, but would like to. This premise does sound good.

  6. August 2, 2016 10:23 am

    This sounds good, but I’ll likely pass if it didn’t hold your attention. Too many books, too little time, and all that.

  7. August 2, 2016 10:45 am

    I don’t think I’ve read this one, but the synopsis sounds so familiar. Maybe I have a copy on my TBR shelf. I do know I have a copy of Tallgrass, which has gotten good reviews. I need to give her books a try.

  8. August 2, 2016 11:29 am

    I like stories with people of different generations forming relationships. But maybe not this one.

  9. August 2, 2016 12:27 pm

    I’ve had this book forever but haven’t read it yet.

  10. August 2, 2016 3:49 pm

    I love the idea of this story, a multi-generational friendship and a quilting circle! It sounds like the perfect winter read. I’m not a huge fan of the title though, although it is intriguing – prayers and well wishes should always be free!

  11. August 2, 2016 10:29 pm

    Sounds unusual though.

  12. August 2, 2016 11:41 pm

    I loved this one so much, but then I do adore historical fiction. Hate this one didn’t keep you completely engrossed but really glad you tried it!

  13. August 3, 2016 2:17 pm

    I was on a Sandra Dallas roll few years back and read and loved all her books. I liked the two women in this book. I have to say my favorite book of Sandra Dallas is The Chili Queen. It’s very quirky, so its for someone with an “acquired taste.”

  14. August 3, 2016 2:41 pm

    This seems like a cool concept for a book. I hadn’t heard of this one.

  15. August 19, 2016 8:56 pm

    I have this book in my stacks somewhere. Not sure if I’ll like it now that I’ve read your thoughts. Thanks for the warning!

  16. August 26, 2016 8:40 am

    Same as you – good, but not great.

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