When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola’s rambling Victorian house.Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola’s walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola’s youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper–the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything for Tandi.
Tandi is a little over 34 years old and is trying to get her footing in life. Trying to conquer old fears. Getting to know herself better and trying to make up for past mistakes.
Iola Anne is another lady from another time whose prayer to God in letters is helping Tandi work out her life and fears.
Though this book didn’t really talk about church, church, church as one would expect from the title, it focused on faith, belief in oneself and determination.
It was written by Lisa Wingate. With all the lessons I garnered from it, it’s a 5/10 from me.