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This is a prequel to The Prayer Box but is easily a stand alone.
Elizabeth Gallagher has had a rough year and her Mom and Aunt, who lives in the Outer Banks Of North Carolina, are locked in a battle over selling land. Elizabeth is a 911 dispatcher who is second guessing her response to a call and her kids are growing up faster than she’d like! Her marriage is not all that she hoped. All of this culminates into a trip to visit her Aunt just as a hurricane develops. Family wins as closeness and understanding grow and life finds a balance.
The book is in first person, which is not always my favorite but the narrator, Sybil Johnson, does an amazing job making it work. The emotion and intonation is spot on. The characters are well done and I can feel Elizabeth’s angst as she navigates this part of her life.
The book is a quick one just a few hours, but well worth the listen!
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When I saw that this story takes place prior to the Prayer Box, I immediately bought it. I failed to see that it was a novella rather than a full-length book. The story and characters are good. The narration was too much. Elizabeth’s mother and aunt Sandy sound like characters from an 80’s sit-com. They are just way too much. It distracted from the characters and what they were saying. I don’t understand the need some narrators have to “overact.” If I wanted to watch a movie, I would watch a movie. The same goes for enjoying a play. Books, whether I am reading or listening to them, should be just that - my mind will give the characters each their own voice. The written word is so powerful; don’t overpower it with narration.