Homespun is the word that comes to mind when i think backover this satisfying novel. It is told from the perspective of 86year old Hennie Comfort. Her story begins in Tennessee just afterthe close of the Civil War. Grief over the loss of her husband andchild prompts Hennie to accept a friend's invitation to relocate tothe Colorado frontier.
Life in Middle Swan (Hennie's new home) is harsh and womenwho thrive in the 'ten mile range' face challenges you and I couldnot dream of. At the urging of her friend, Hennie has moved toColorado's high country to marry a miner. The mines were scary,dangerous places; most women prayed just to see their husbands atthe end of their long grueling days — many didn't. One day,Hennie's didn't.
Years later a young girl named Nit Spindle passes an old signposted on a gate saying 'prayers for sale'. Of course Henni'sprayers aren't really for sale but the sign serves as a catalyst toconversation and the women's shared experiences decades apartcreates an instant bond. During their many hours together overquilting and coffee, the saga of Hennie's life slowly unfoldsthrough the stories she regales to Nit.
Sandra Dallas excels at weaving past into present. Sheartfully draws the reader into a tale of friendship and hope,hardship and betrayals and ultimately forgiveness and theresiliency of the human spirit. This book celebrates women's livesand runs the gamut from heartache to happiness. It is simply asweet story. Booklist recommends this title to fans of Lee Smith,Sue Monk Kidd, and Kaye Gibbons. A book club discussion guide isincluded in the back of the book.
—review by Virginia Kress, The Reader'sLoft
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