Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Prayers For Sale by Sandra Dallas

You know that a book is good when you finish and feel a little sad that you won't be spending time with those characters any more. Hennie Comfort is a woman that I could swear I have met before and actually I can think of women that I used to know that could be a model for her. One in particular was a woman who had been born in rural Alabama in the 1920's and lived a life without electricity and running water and some of the other niceties we expect to have. She told wonderful stories. I loved to just sit and listen to her. I guess that would make me Nit because I was a young mother at the time.
Hennie and Nit live in the mountains of Colorado, in a small mining town called Middle Swan. It is 1936, the heart of the depression and Nit is a newlywed and new to town. Hennie takes her under her wing, teaching Nit through her stories about the town and its people. The language is quaint and old-fashioned, it seems like a novel written a long time ago, but the stories are timeless. Through the stories, and the quilts that Hennie is always working on, we learn in bits and pieces about love, endurance, forgiveness, accepting others as they are, and just life in general. The title Prayers For Sale comes from Hennie's saying that she feels so happy that she has more prayers than she needs for herself, she may as well sell the extras.
I loved reading the book and getting to know Hennie and Nit and a little bit about a depression-era mining town. It was very clean, very little profanity or anything objectionable but some of the stories were about abuse and other adult subjects which would make it rated PG-13. Recommended!

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