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From the #1 New York Times author of Before We Were Yours. 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.
Charged with cleaning out her deceased landlord's old Victorian house after her passing, Tandi Jo Reese has her whole life changed when she discovers Iola's 81 prayer boxes filled with a lifetime of hopes, wishes, fears, observations and more. Simultaneous.
Charged with cleaning out her deceased landlord's old Victorian house after her passing, Tandi Jo Reese has her whole life changed when she discovers Iola's 81 prayer boxes filled with a lifetime of hopes, wishes, fears, observations and more. (religious fiction)
The Prayer Box by Harvey Caras
When recently widowed Susan Gold unpacks her belongings in Florida she is surprised to see a small wooden box with strange writing on it. She soon learns that, according to the mysticism of Kabbalah, the box has magical healing powers. Susan sets out on a harrowing mission to understand where the box came from and why she was chosen to possess it. Along the way she learns that she is one of thirty-six righteous people in the world who are chosen to have a prayer box. She also discovers that there are unscrupulous people who will stop at nothing to get their hands on these prayer boxes. When Susan's granddaughter, Rachel, is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and the prayer box is powerless to help, she turns to Jeff Morton, a retired dentist with a mystical surprise of his own. Will Rachel be saved? Can Susan find a way to use the prayer box and keep it hidden? How will she survive further attempts on her life? What is Jeff Morton's secret and what role will he play in her future? These questions and more are answered in THE PRAYER BOX.
The Sea Glass Sisters by Lisa Wingate
Elizabeth Gallagher has been balancing on the ragged edge for a while now. Then a rough case on the boards of her 911 operator’s job collides with a family conflict at home, and Elizabeth finds herself finally coming apart at the seams. A four-state road trip—trapped in a car with her mother—is the last thing she needs. Their destination may be beautiful Hatteras Island, but the reason for going is anything by pleasant. After one disastrous hurricane, and with a second one working its way up the coast, it’s time to convince Aunt Sandy to abandon her little seaside store on North Carolina’s Outer Banks and return to the family fold in Michigan. But when the storm sweeps through, the three women will discover that sisterhood and the sea can change hearts, lives, and futures . . . often in the most unpredictable of ways.
The Tidewater Sisters by Lisa Wingate
From the #1 New York Times author of Before We Were Yours! Tandi Reese and her sister, Gina, have always been bound by complicated ties. Amid the rubble of a difficult childhood lie memories of huddling beneath beds and behind sofas while parental wars raged. Sisterhood was safety . . . once. But now? Faced with legal papers for a fraud she didn’t commit, Tandi suspects that her sister has done something unthinkable. With Tandi’s wedding just around the corner, a trip to the North Carolina Tidewater for a reckoning with Gina was not part of the plan. But unraveling lies from truth will require confronting strained sibling bonds and uncovering a dark family secret that could free Tandi from her past or stain her future forever.
The Sea Keeper S Daughters by Lisa Wingate
2016 Christy Award Winner! (Contemporary novel category) From modern-day Roanoke Island to the sweeping backdrop of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Roosevelt’s WPA folklore writers, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny. Restaurant owner Whitney Monroe is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover. The inheritance of a decaying Gilded Age hotel on North Carolina’s Outer Banks may provide just the ray of hope she needs. But things at the Excelsior are more complicated than they seem. Whitney’s estranged stepfather is entrenched on the third floor, and the downstairs tenants are determined to save the historic building. Searching through years of stored family heirlooms may be Whitney’s only hope of quick cash, but will the discovery of an old necklace and a Depression-era love story change everything?
My Little Prayer Box by Fran Thatcher
The two best-loved prayers - The Lord is my Shepherd and the Lord's Prayer - are presented here as charming concertina books for young children.
The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate
New York editor Jen Gibbs discovers a mysterious manuscript that relates the story of a mixed-race girl in turn-of-the-century Appalachia, but her search for the story's unknown author leads her back to her home in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The God Box by Mary Lou Quinlan
When Mary Lou Quinlan’s beloved mother, Mary Finlayson, dies, her family is bereft—until Mary Lou searches for her mother’s “God Box,” her private cache of notes to God on behalf of family, friends and strangers. To Mary Lou’s amazement, she finds not one but ten boxes stuffed with hundreds of tiny petitions that spanned the last twenty years of her mother’s life. Note by note, Mary Lou unearths a treasure of her mother’s wishes and worries and insight. Mary asked God for everything from the right flooring for her daughter’s home to a cure for her own blood cancer. Her requests, penned on scraps of paper, were presented without expectation—the ultimate expression of letting go. Follow Mary Lou’s emotional journey as she uncovers her mother’s innermost thoughts—nostalgic, surprising and even a bit shocking. As she recalls life with the woman who was her best friend, Mary Lou also discovers her own more empathetic, engaged self—the woman her mother had believed in all along. Poignantly written and beautifully designed, The God Box is a gift for every mother, every daughter, every person who, regardless of beliefs, trusts in the permanence of love and the power of family.