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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,586 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sandra Dallas Narrator: Maggi-Meg Reed Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged edition Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781427206169
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Hennie Comfort is eighty-six and has lived in the mountains of Middle Swan, Colorado since before it was Colorado. Nit Spindle is just seventeen and newly married. She and her husband have just moved to the high country in search of work. It's 1936 and the depression has ravaged the country and Nit and her husband have suffered greatly. Hennie notices the young woman loitering near the old sign outside of her house that promises "Prayers For Sale". Hennie doesn't sell prayers, never has, but there's something about the young woman that she's drawn to. The harsh conditions of life that each have endured create an instant bond and an unlikely friendship is formed, one in which the deepest of hardships are shared and the darkest of secrets are confessed. Sandra Dallas has created an unforgettable tale of a friendship between two women, one with surprising twists and turns, and one that is ultimately a revelation of the finest parts of the human spirit. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fans of Lee Smith, Sue Monk Kidd, and Kaye Gibbons will love this book.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Dallas is an amazing storyteller with a knack for historical fiction. Her writing is fresh and current even though she writes about the past. Her characters linger in the mind long after the story is finished.”

    Denver Post

  • Selected for the May 2009 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Barnes & Noble Recommends Selection

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sanz | 2/20/2014

    " 170 pages into this and all I can say is, dull. I'm disappointed because I loved The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas. I won't be finishing this one, I'm ready to move on to something better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenalyn | 2/19/2014

    " This book had potential, but I found the author's similes incredibly trite, and her use of foreshadowing about the "event she has to take care of" mentioned in every chapter was way over-done. And the main story that connected all the short stories wasn't well-developed. Very disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacey | 2/18/2014

    " I really liked Hennie, the "storyteller" of the book. Mountain life was hard and the stories are sad, but noone is exempt from difficulties and it's good to read how people whether them and grow stronger. I recommend this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 2/15/2014

    " Sweet tale about life in the mountains at the turn of the century. Men working in gold mines, dangerous work, and women buildingcommunity "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 2/13/2014

    " I would like to give this book 3 1/2 stars. It took me a bit to get into the story. The best part of the book were the stories that the main character tells throughout the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 2/6/2014

    " charming, cute characters....and lovely tie ins in the end. Overall joyful, but not really introspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaunna | 2/2/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book, which came as a surprise to me. It lingers with you, always a good sign. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanda | 1/30/2014

    " No one will mistake this book for earth-shattering "literature", but I absolutely enjoyed every page. I like the simple, homespun life in the mountains described in this book. I felt happy reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roz | 1/20/2014

    " Sandra Dallas writes such wonderful stories. I loved Alice's Tulips and The Persian Pickle Club and I love this one just as much! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/16/2014

    " loved it. The ending was sort of abrupt. I turned the page expecting a next chapter but it was THE END "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie Grange | 1/14/2014

    " I loved this book. Simple but honest story telling. For anyone that's loved and lost, felt sadness and joy, and experienced the process of pain and forgiveness this will touch you. I'm glad to read a book that reflects life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lora | 1/11/2014

    " Perhaps my favorite Sandra Dallas book yet. I liked the return of a couple characters from previous books. I loved the main character and all her storytelling, and I thought the book had a beautiful message. This makes me not want to give up on Sandra Dallas books just yet! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 1/5/2014

    " Story of an older woman helping a younger woman deal with hard life of a Colorado mining town. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ketti | 1/3/2014

    " Prayers for sale......just my kind of book. Women connecting in a beautiful way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Lee | 12/30/2013

    " Easy read. Sweet story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rcknoebel3729 | 12/19/2013

    " Loved it! My bookclub gave it mixed reviews, but overall favorable. I love Sandra Dallas' characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 12/15/2013

    " I loved the idea of someone having so many blessings that they have "Prayers for Sale." Added bonus of this novel of strung-together stories of a Colorado mining town was meeting a character from a previous novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 12/3/2013

    " Wonderful book . I enjoyed it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 10/24/2013

    " I liked this book. Nancy, quilting plays a big part in this book and I think you would really like it as you Mom did so much quilting. It is a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara Bennett | 9/14/2013

    " sweet simple story about generous mountain ppl taking care of each other after the Civil War through the 1930's. quaint dialect but some expressions lost me. especially enjoyed all of the stories of mountain life & the townsppl the main character told. story ended well, tying up loose ends nicely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/6/2013

    " A wonderful story of friendship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janeene | 3/22/2013

    " really enjoyed this audio book - loved the main character and her ability to be the "story teller" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Petrina | 9/29/2012

    " An easy, entertaining read about the early days of Breckinridge, CO. I bought this book because I've enjoyed other books by Sandra Dallas, and learning about the daily life in the early years of America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 7/26/2012

    " Probably more of a 3 and a half stars, but since it was quick and I liked it I will give it a 4. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara Bilbao | 6/25/2012

    " A book I could not put down. The story of Hennie Comfort and her tales are so captivating. The author clearly depicts the hardships and brutality of life in depression era mining towns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 5/16/2012

    " Great storytelling but it was so predictable... And obviously trying not to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/22/2012

    " Really this novel is a compilation of short stories told by "Hennie". But they are interesting stories and really likable characters. The ending is somewhat predictable, but it's a happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 4/11/2012

    " Once again I wish there were half stars. I would give it 3 1/2 stars. I loved the ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/7/2012

    " I liked this book more at the end than I thought I would at the beginning. Some of the stories Hennie tells are sad, but all have an element of goodness in them. I loved the ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly Hart | 1/22/2012

    " Loved this story- a very easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Beth | 12/19/2011

    " A sweet story. It didn't hold my attention very well, but it did have a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kady24 | 10/29/2011

    " I really liked this book. This one had to do with dredge mining but unlike my last book it was more about the characters than the "mining". That was mere background and it provided a wonderful setting for these rich characters. I kind of wish it was a little longer and we learned more about them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Ponder | 10/15/2011

    " Finished this book two months ago and still find myself thinking about the setting, the characters. Like old friends. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Goodwin | 8/25/2011

    " Really charming read. If you are not the "charming read" type, don't read it. I enjoyed the rough but beautiful life style of earlier Americans. Much in the style of "These Is My Words". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 5/19/2011

    " A good story. Alittle sad, happy, this book was worthy of it's title. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 5/15/2011

    " I loved it. Sandra Dallas knows how to keep your interest from the beginning to the end. I always hate to see her books end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/13/2011

    " Really a great audio book!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 5/9/2011

    " Loved some of the characters and the setting. The ending was a little too predictable, but the stories and twists throughout the book more than made up for that. Having traveled to Breckenridge, CO many times made it come alive for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 5/8/2011

    " Sweet book about friendship and faith. Set in the mountains of Colorado - a big bonus for me. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brensum1 | 5/7/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book. Good story line and interesting characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 5/4/2011

    " I am a Sandra Dallas fan, especially her earlier books. I haven't been super impressed with her last couple, but I really enjoyed this one. A definite feel-good book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/3/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was slow moving at first...it isn't really plot driven, but more relationship driven. I liked the relationships formed, life challenges shared, and the take home message. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marykay | 5/2/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wayne | 5/1/2011

    " I enjoyed the book . She has alot of insights into peolples lives that one can relate to. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cactuskid2 | 4/30/2011

    " Select Editions Vol 5, 2009 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jet | 4/30/2011

    " I loved this book- didn't want it to end. Main character is an elderly widow in a gold mining town. she tells stories of her life and the lives of the people of the town. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 4/29/2011

    " Good story, but it just wasn't super exciting.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mimiprice | 4/29/2011

    " Especially good if you've read The Persian Pickle Club, The Diary of Mattie Spenser, and Alice's Tulips. The author brings in characters from each of her past books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 4/25/2011

    " I loved this book....wonderful historical ficition..interesting characters that love to quilt! "

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About the Author
Author Sandra Dallas

Sandra Dallas is the bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction works. She received a degree in journalism from the University of Denver and was a reporter at BusinessWeek for twenty-five years, eventually becoming the publication’s first female bureau chief. Dallas wrote a number of nonfiction works early in her career, including Gaslights and Gingerbread, Sacred Paint: Ned Jacob, and Yesterday’s Denver. She ventured into fiction writing in the 1990s, beginning with Buster Midnight’s Cafe; since then, she has gone on to write many successful novels, including True Sisters and Prayers for Sale, which were both New York Times bestsellers. Her works have been translated into over a dozen languages, and she was dubbed a “quintessential American voice” by Vogue magazine. Dallas lives in Denver and Georgetown, Colorado with her husband, Bob.

About the Narrator

Maggi-Meg Reed has performed as an actress and singer both on and off-Broadway. She is a narrator of many popular audio books, including A Very Long Engagement and The Time Traveler’s Wife.