When Iola Anne, a ninety-one year old woman, passes away in her sleep,
a struggling young mother and newcomer to Hatteras Island
finds herself in charge of cleaning and organizing the elderly woman's home.
At first Tandi thinks it's just a job to get a little extra money, but soon it turns into more.
The minute Tandi steps into Iola Anne's home she begins an amazing journey,
a journey that will change her life.
Tandi comes across several prayer boxes from Iola Anne's life.
Drawn to the boxes and letters inside,
Tandi begins to learn a great deal about this precious lady and herself.
Always good at fleeing the past,
Tandi soon realizes she can't keep running and it's time to face her fears and struggles head on.
"You can't run from the past.
You have to take it for what it is and realize it's part of you."
Tandi begins to learn about faith, love, hope,
and the sweet possibilities of opening herself up to the Lord.
One word - extraordinary!
This book was truly remarkable and a delight to read.
At first I was hesitant about starting it because, in all honesty,
I thought it would be slow and maybe a little boring.
Now I am ashamed to say I even thought that of sweet author Lisa Wingate.
She did an incredible job writing this book and totally captured my attention-
I could not put the book down!
The story of deceased Iola Anne is precious;
she's the kind of character you can look up to and admire.
You can't help but love Tandi and feel compassion for her
as she struggles with being a mother and just life in general.
Lisa Wingate weaves together the lives of these two ladies in such a way
that will leave you smiling and crying tears of joy at the same time.
I highly recommend this book!
You will not regret reading it :)
*** I was given a free copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own. ***