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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 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. Her novels have been translated into a dozen languages and optioned for films. For 25 years, Dallas worked as a reporter covering the Rocky Mountain region for Business Week , and started writing fiction in She lives with her husband in Denver, Colorado.
In , Hennie Comfort, eighty-six, meets Nit Spindle, seventeen, just as the old woman learns she must leave the Colorado mountains that have been her home for seventy years. Nit has lost her baby, and Hennie takes the girl under her wing, telling her stories about mountain life, stories that are as much about Hennie as they are about the historic people of the high country. The harsh conditions of life that Hennie and Nit have suffered create an instant bond, and an unlikely friendship is formed, one in which the deepest of hardships are endured and the darkest memories are confessed. In , I moved to the Colorado mining-town-turned-ski-resort of Breckenridge, as a bride.
Forgiveness and redemption are the themes of this gentle novel about hardscrabble lives. Dallas Tallgrass , , etc. In , Hennie Comfort, who has lived in Middle Swan for 70 years, befriends newcomer Nit Spindle, whose husband has just been hired on a local dredge boat the work is brutal and dangerous.