Today’s review is on Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas.
Prayers for Sale follows 86 year old Hennie Comfort who is spending one last year in Middle Swan, a mining town in the Colorado Rockies in 1936. While coming to terms with leaving, she encounters a young woman who inquires about the sign in her front yard that reads “prayers for sale.” After the chance meeting, she takes Nit under her wing, helping her adjust to life in the mountains, as well as share her stories of her life, as well as the people she has seen come and go over the years.
I was a bit trepidatious about picking up this book, even though it was for one of my reading experiments, because it did not have great reviews on Goodreads. However, I loved it! I really enjoyed getting to know more about life in a Colorado mining town during the Depression. I also loved reading Hennie’s stories from her life during the Civil War before she moved to Middle Swan, as well as some of her escapades during Prohibition.
While Hennie had a hard life, she still made the most of it. She goes out of her way to help out the other women in the town, no matter their background. I especially liked how she takes young Nit under her wing and imparts her knowledge to the young woman.
I also liked how each chapter is a framed anrrative, starting with Hennie and Nit doing something, sometimes with other peple, and then Hennie tells one of her stories from the past, sometimes several. Through each story we learn more about Hennie’s amazing life, and ultimately ends up being a story about forgiveness.
After reading this, I immediately added all of Sandra Dallas’ backlist to my TBR, and I think I have found a new favorite author. I highly recommend this book for those that enjoy historical fiction, or books set in the Depression. It was a fascinating book and I can’t wait to read more of the author’s works. 4/5 Stars.
Janelle L. C.