In “The Prayer Box” by Lisa Wingate we meet single mom Tandi Reese. Tandi left Texas in a hurry with her two children and returned to Hatteras Island. Tandi had a rough childhood but she had fond memories of Hatteras Island where she stayed with her grandparents. Tandi moves back in hopes of getting her life back on track. When her landlady Iola Anne Poole dies Tandi worries that she and her children may be living on the streets. Then an unexpected offer comes her way. She gets the job of cleaning Iola’s house. As she cleans the house she discovers many prayer boxes. She starts to read them and as she learns more about Iola she also learns many life lessons that she can apply to herself. Tandi starts to make friends with the locals but then her past comes sweeping in. Her sister comes to visit and it seems that she is going to turn Tandi’s life upside down once again. Will Tandi get her life back on track and give her worries over to God?
This is another great book by Lisa Wingate. She paints a very detailed description of Hatteras Island and makes you think you are there with Tandi. You will be moved by not only Tandi’s story but also Iola’s. Even in the darkest times, Iola’s faith in God never wavered. We all could learn something from Ms. Iola Anne Poole. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.