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Prayers and Lies
Prayers and Lies
Author: Sherri Wood Emmons
When seven-year-old Bethany meets her six-year-old cousin Reana Mae, it's the beginning of a kinship of misfits that saves both from a bone-deep loneliness. Every summer, Bethany and her family leave Indianapolis for West Virginia's Coal River Valley. For Bethany's mother, the trips are a reminder of the coalmines and grinding povert...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781611292510
ISBN-10: 1611292514
Publication Date: 2011
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Kiesington Publishing Company
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
this was a really great book! Wasnt what i was expecting but great author and i hope to read more from this author!
bulldoglover22 avatar reviewed Prayers and Lies on + 105 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
After reading and enjoying "The Sometimes Daughter" written by Sherri Wood Emmons, I was looking forward to reading Prayers and Lies. Although I liked this book enough to finish it, I was slightly disappointed. What kept my interest in this particular story was the display of underlying strength, forgiveness and unconditional love of family. Many of the characters may not have made the wisest choices, yet many (not all) were accepted for their flaws. The author did a nice job developing the main characters, yet I found it a little distracting/difficult keeping track of all of the other characters. I will say that Sherri Wood Emmons is a talented writer. I just don't feel that this book was outstanding.
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Helpful Score: 1
Prayers and Lies
by Sherri Wood Emmons

This is a very appropriate, thought-provoking title for this book. Sherri Wood Emmons is a new voice in fiction, and one well-worth listening to.

Most families are held together with ties that bind, and often are prayers and lies. Such is the family of this narrator, Bethany and her cousin Reana Mae.

Every summer, Bethanys family goes home to the Coal River Valley of West Virginia. She and her cousin Reana Mae, both misfits develop a sisterhood. As they grow through adolescence, the shocking realities of family secrets, lies, and bad blood brings them closer, yet threatens to tear the entire family apart.

Bethanys own sheltered life up north eventually becomes jeopardized by Reana Maes everyday life and the devastating horror of it, down in Coal River.

The sister-cousins cling to each other through it all, as they learn about life, the different kinds of love, family, and their rightful place in the world.

This is an excellent book from an excellent new author.
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