Prayers for Sale

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April 2009 -- On a cold, snowy evening, a young woman lingers in front of a house pondering a sign that reads, "Prayers for Sale." Inside, an elderly widow, Hennie Comfort, watches and wonders before stepping outside to greet her reluctant visitor. So begins this engrossing tale of a wise older woman with a lifetime of stories to tell, and a 17-year-old with prayers that need answers. Set in 1930s Colorado, it's a novel in which the drama, humor, and passions of one very full life are stitched, with love and understanding, into the fabric of another.

 

Eighty-six-year-old Hennie has lived in Middle Swan, a gold-mining town in the Rockies, since before Colorado was a state. Nit has recently arrived in town with her husband and her grief, reminding Hennie of her own youthful hopes and sorrows. Finding common ground in their Southern heritage and a love of quilting, an unlikely friendship blossoms as Hennie captivates Nit with vivid memories that reach back to the mid-1800s.

 

"There's something about stitching together," Hennie confides, "that draws a woman out."

 

As they sew, Hennie recounts her childhood in Tennessee and her tragic marriage to her sweetheart Billy, soon to be lost to the Civil War. She relives the death of their only child and her journey, by wagon train, across the country to start life anew with a man she'd never met. She recalls the unexpected blessing she discovered upon her arrival in Middle Swan and describes the lively cast of gamblers and moonshiners, quilters and "soiled doves" she has come to know. Summoning the feelings, dreams, and satisfactions of Hennie's years of experience as a woman, mother, and wife, these stirring yarns serve as a healing balm for the lonely, anxious Nit-and help her piece together a new beginning for her own family.

 

Just as Hennie's tales weave a many-hued cloak of mountain wisdom for the benefit of her young friend, so Sandra Dallas creates for us-through a deft blend of historical detail, authentic voices, quilting lore, and, last but not least, emotional truths-a vibrant quilt of heartbreaking incident and heartwarming compassion.

 

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    by PinkBaby on ‎04-21-2009 06:39 PM
    well i just started reading the book. i went right  out and bought it after i read the excerpt. i must say so far i really like the book. in fact i like it so much that i bought another of  SANDRA DALLAS books. the diary of mattie spenser. anyway i will probably buy the rest of her books to read to. Thanks for a good recommenation barnes and noble.                                    SARA                       FLYNN
    by Ezmeralda on ‎04-24-2009 09:30 AM
    This is an excellent book!  I can't put it down!
    by Tofu82 on ‎05-02-2009 07:58 PM
    I just started reading this book . In just the first 50 pages it had me laughing and then crying. I'm having a hard time putting it down. I just have to know more and more!!!
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