Monday, June 8, 2009

Giveaway and Review

There's still time to enter the book giveaway for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Tales of the Jazz Age." Just leave a comment and I'll choose a winner on Wednesday.

And in case you missed my review of "Prayers for Sale" on EzineArticles I'm posting it here.

Prayers For Sale by Sandra Dallas
Gail Pruszkowski

"Prayers For Sale" by Sandra Dallas is the heart-warming story of a cross generational friendship between two women. The title grabbed my attention right away and when I read an excerpt I knew I had to read the entire story. The premise is similar to "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" by Fannie Flagg. If you enjoyed that book you will probably like this one as well.

It's 1936 and Hennie Comfort is living in the isolated mining town of Middle Swan, Colorado. She has an old sign outside of her home that says Prayers for Sale and one day she sees a young girl looking at it. That's how she meets Nit Spindle. Nit is grieving and she asks Hennie to pray for her baby Effie, who was stillborn and buried back in Kentucky. Hennie in turn tells her the story of the baby she lost. They both share a love of quilting and a great friendship grows between them despite their age difference. Nit is seventeen and Hennie is eighty-six. Hennie tells stories about her life and the history of Middle Swan and they share their deepest secrets.

The women are very sympathetic and the conversations between them are so real I had to grab my box of tissues several times. Sandra Dallas writes in a remarkable voice with an excellent ear for dialect, giving each woman their own personality and making it easy to picture where they are from. Her descriptions of the setting are equally well done. She effectively paints a picture of the hardscrabble mining town in Colorado that is modeled on Breckenridge. Hennie's tales are full of hardship, loss and survival. It's a moving story with a good ending. I highly recommend it.

Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (April 14, 2009)
ISBN: 978-0312385187
Hardcover Pages: 320
Price: $24.95

Gail Pruszkowski reviews for "Romantic Times BOOKreviews" magazine and her work has been published in the "Cup of Comfort" Anthologies.

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