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The Sea Glass Sisters: Prelude to The Prayer Box

The Sea Glass Sisters: Prelude to The Prayer Box

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by Lisa Wingate
Elizabeth Gallagher has been balancing on the ragged edge for a while now. Then a rough case on the boards of her 911 operator’s job collides with a family conflict at home, and Elizabeth finds herself finally coming apart at the seams. A four-state road trip—trapped in a car with her mother—is the last thing she needs. Their destination may be


Elizabeth Gallagher has been balancing on the ragged edge for a while now. Then a rough case on the boards of her 911 operator’s job collides with a family conflict at home, and Elizabeth finds herself finally coming apart at the seams. A four-state road trip—trapped in a car with her mother—is the last thing she needs. Their destination may be beautiful Hatteras Island, but the reason for going is anything by pleasant. After one disastrous hurricane, and with a second one working its way up the coast, it’s time to convince Aunt Sandy to abandon her little seaside store on North Carolina’s Outer Banks and return to the family fold in Michigan. But when the storm sweeps through, the three women will discover that sisterhood and the sea can change hearts, lives, and futures . . . often in the most unpredictable of ways.

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Tyndale House Publishers
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Meet the Author

Lisa Wingate is a magazine columnist, speaker, and the author of nineteen mainstream novels, including the national bestseller, Tending Roses, now in its eighteenth printing. She is a seven-time ACFW Carol award nominee, a Christy Award nominee, and a two-time Carol Award winner. Her novel, Blue Moon Bay, was a Booklist Top Ten of 2012 pick. Recently, the group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with Bill Ford, Camille Cosby, and six others, as recipients of the National Civies Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. When not dreaming up stories, Lisa spends time on the road as a motivational speaker. Via internet, she shares with readers as far away as India, where her book, Tending Roses, has been used to promote women's literacy, and as close to home as Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the county library system has used Tending Roses to help volunteers teach adults to read.

Lisa lives on a ranch in Texas, where she spoils the livestock, raises boys, and teaches Sunday school to high school seniors. She was inspired to become a writer by a first grade teacher who said she expected to see Lisa's name in a magazine one day.

Lisa also entertained childhood dreams of being an Olympic gymnast and winning the National Finals Rodeo, but was stalled by the inability to do a back flip on the balance beam and parents who wouldn't finance a rodeo career. She was lucky enough to marry into a big family of cowboys and southern storytellers who would inspire any lover of tall tales and interesting, yet profound characters. She is a full time writer, and pens inspirational fiction for both the general Christian markets. Of all the things she loves about her job, she loves connecting with people, both real and imaginary, the most. More information about Lisa's novels can be found at www.Lisawingate.com.

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The Sea Glass Sisters: Prelude to The Prayer Box 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Jack1111 More than 1 year ago
Another 5-star read by Lisa Wingate is SEA GLASS SISTERS, prequel to her newest book, THE PRAYER BOX. It is an enjoyable story about the very special bond between sisters and mother/daughter relationships that kept me up all night reading. The responsibilities and personal concerns of a 911 operator are an extra bonus. Review by gudenuf
DotR1 More than 1 year ago
A very touching and interest read .. sisterly Love for sure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truthfully, I picked this book for it's cover. But I'm so glad I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this one down. Fantastic read. Can't wait to read The Prayer Box!
njbookworm More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed all of Lisa Wingate books and this was no exception. Can't wait for the next book in this series. The characters were interesting as well as the plot. I'm a more mature reader and felt very comfortable with the premise of what this series will bring.
J4Life5 More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Gallagher is struggling professionally and personally. As a 911 operator, she took a call for a missing child and made a mistake, so she feels responsible that the child is still missing. Her husband is detached, and her family is fighting over selling off a portion of family property. She decides to take a road trip with her mother to visit her aunt to try and come to a conclusion over the property. This could have been such a great book. The characters are interesting, and the message is encouraging. However, the plot was too quick and disjointed for me to really enjoy it. When I saw it was a novella, I thought, well it should be a quick read. It was a very quick read, but I wish it had been a full length novel to really see more character development. It is the prelude to Wingate's novel, The Prayer Box, which I haven't read yet. I can only hope that the same characters are included in that book so that I can learn more of their stories. There isn't anything wrong with this little book, I just wanted more. If you are looking for a quick read, without a lot of depth, this would be a good book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great way to introduce a new series! Online....mini book to introduce the area and characters. Always love how Lisa does intergenerational books....so much to learn from one another
Anonymous 9 days ago
This is an adult coming of age story. What to do when your children are graduating and the empty nest syndrome is setting in. The bonds of family even in difficult times when disagreements can cause fractures, and how love can still repair relationships. This is definitely a short but worthy read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really a short story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't normally enjoy reading short stories, but I picked this one up because it is a prelude to The Prayer Box which I got for free! At the beginning it was a bit slow and I would have given it 3 stars, but by the end I was happy! There are some powerful messages here that could be applied in all kinds of life situations. I'm anxious to start reading The Prayer Box now and I just might become a fan of Lisa Wingate.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisa Wingate knows how to present her characters so that you feel that they are your own close family members or friends. But, I especially like how her writing makes it easy for the reader to see themselves in the characters. She shares wisdom that is timely, truthful, witty, & from the heart. I really enjoy this author. -TaraLynnSD
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is sooo unnecessary. I feel ripped off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nice family story
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Too short but worth reading
ZepherMM More than 1 year ago
can't wait for the next book that picks up wher this left off loved this little book
MaryAnnF More than 1 year ago
Wonderful introduction to "The Prayer Box" It gives you added insight to the people when you encounter them in The Prayer Box
RoseSM More than 1 year ago
As usual, Wingate weaves a wholly satisfying story about characters we come to love. Sandy and Sharon are in disagreement about the family land in Michigan at the same time that Sharon's daughter, Elizabeth is in crisis about her job as a 911 operator. When Sharon and Elizabeth decide to visit Sandy in the Outer Banks to settle the issue, a hurricane is on the way. Sandy's Seashell Shop is threatened and the reader learns some life lessons as the three pull together to weather the storms of life. I can't wait to read more about these people in Wingate's, The Prayer Box. I have it on preorder and it should be coming soon. You'll love this novella!
eds23 More than 1 year ago
Sea Glass Sisters is another exciting story by Lisa Wingate! A family disagreement causes a mother and her daughter to drive from Michigan to North Carolina's Outer Banks to see the sister, Aunt Sandy who owns Sandy's Sea Shell Shop, "An ocean of possibilities". They arrive about the same time as a storm coming up the coast. The daughter and mother help Sandy prepare for the hurricane. Really great lessons: "Well, Iola Anne Poole is a woman of the Banks, through and through." Aunt Sandy says it like that explains everything. "This place gets in your blood." "You don't always realize the golden moments in life when they’re happening. But when they’re gone, you miss them." "No way out but through the storm." she whispers again. "We’re not alone." "It's some life, here on these Outer Banks. It really is." This is another outstanding, interesting and exciting book by Lisa Wingate. I highly recommend this book! Ed
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Sea Glass Sisters by Lisa Wingate I first wanted to read this book after reading The Prayer Box by the author and the fact I love sea glass.. Elizabeth is a 911 operator and she raises with her husband two high school kids, one boy, one girl and both are graudating this year. Her mother who live clsoeby is up in arms about the family compound and how her sister wants to sell parts of it rather than leave it for the families and generations down the road. This hits home with me as some of my family wants to do the same thing. After the really bad night at work with nightmares abound she leaves with her mother from Michigan to drive to NC on the outer banks to try to persuade her sister. Elizabeth is kept abreast of things happening at home with the missing child and her kids and husband and news of the hurricane approaching an her aunt's bad health. They batten down the hatches and help others in the town with chores so they will remain safe. One visit is to the 90 year old Iola Anne who also appears in The Prayer Box=a book by the same author. Love that this woman has a jewelry/seashell shop near the ferry, on the ocean with sand dunes and the feeling of community as they all gather. Love the idea of the hurricane party-we usually have them after to use up food that will spoil. She is trying to believe in God again to help her get through the work crises and the hurricane. Miracles can happen ...Excerpt from The Prayer Box is included. I received this book from Net Galley, Tyndale House Publishers via JKS Communications in exchange for my honest review. #JKSSummerReads