THE PRAYERS OF AGNES SPARROW
The power of prayer is strong, and sometimes they are answered. Not all of them are, though, for reasons no one can understand. Magnin has captured the essence of why people believe in praying. Her characters are forthright, intelligent and sometimes witty, and readers will not soon forget this book.
Griselda, Agnes' sister, understands why Agnes does not want the sign, and she tries to convince the people to change their minds, but they ignore her pleas. When a stranger comes to town and death follows, questions are raised as to why Agnes' prayers could not stop the tragedies. (ABINGDON, Sep., 398 pp., $13.99)