Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
The sign read Prayers For Sale. It drew the attention of seventeen-year-old newlywed Nit. She was lonely, sad, and grieving. Prayers were not actually for sale. I do not think the story behind the sign is ever shared. Hennie lives in the house with the sign that attracted Nit’s attention. The eighty-six-year-old woman has lived in Middle Swan, Colorado for seventy years. She came to the Rockies to marry a man she had never met. She was alone now, a widow. The year is 1936. Hennie’s daughter insisted it was time for her to move to Iowa. Quilting was a passion for Hennie. Soon Nit and Hennie became close friends. They spent many hours together over a quilting frame. As they make the tiny stitches on the fabric, Hennie shared her story. Perhaps the two bonded easily because they shared the grief of a lost child.
Prayers For Sale shares the life of women in the depression. The women lived a suppressed life. The character Maudie Sarsfield stood out to me. She stitched her initials into her quilts so that people would know she existed. If a wife tried to leave her husband, he had the right to track her down and kill her.
Prayers For Sale will bring a smile to your lips and tears to your eyes. Sandra Dallas is a talented author. She gives life to her characters. Hennie and Nit are multidimensional. While the topic of this book sounds sad, it is not. This book is uplifting. It shows the tenacity of the characters. These women were made of something special. The voice of the characters is distinctive. You can hear the dialect even in the written word. Prayers are not for sale in this book; they are freely given along with blessings.