Book Review: The Traveling Prayer Shawl by Jennifer Lynn Cary

Posted April 7, 2021 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, Jennifer Lynn Cary, romance / 5 Comments

GENRE: Inspirational Women’s Fiction w/ Romance
PUBLISHER: Tandem Services Press
RELEASE DATE: March 17, 2021
PAGES: 280

Her dream account just landed in her lap…
…So did the future of her family
And she’s got two months to save them both.

Cami Madison’s grandmother died, leaving her with a task she must complete or all the inheritance goes to charity. Plus her boss handed her the ad campaign that will win her the coveted vice presidency opening.

Both have the same time table.

When she realizes the projects are interwined, things really start to unravel.

Kate Hanson raised her granddaughter after the child became an orphan in a car accident. But not all scars are on the outside.

Can Kate’s last request help Cami to heal?

Will Cami be able to step up to the job?

You will love this split-time women’s romance because when family is on the line, everyone knows the only way to survive is wrapped in prayer.


I’ve tried more than once to learn to knit and it did not go well. The most common question I’ve heard from the dear souls attempting to teach me is “How did you do that?” However, I CAN crochet with some success, so I was delighted to see that The Traveling Prayer Shawl has a focus on crocheting, allowing me to relate a bit better to the characters.

Raised by her grandmother Kate after Cami was the lone (but not unscathed) survivor of the car crash that killed her parents, Cami’s scars go deeper than the external ones she still carries. After Kate passes away, Cami is shocked to discover that even her cousin Morgan’s inheritance depends on Cami finishing the task their grandmother left for her to do. Completing the project will test Cami in ways she didn’t even imagine when she reluctantly begins to follow her late grandmother’s wishes. I loved how we as readers get to discover Kate’s true self along with Cami, who is realizing several things about her grandmother for the first time, things she never really recognized during her grandmother’s life – for a variety of reasons. This natural approach, as well as the glimpses we get into Kate’s perspective during the brief dual timeline element to the story, allows Kate to remain a vital part of the book even though we begin with her funeral (or Celebration of Life, as cousin Morgan would be quick to correct).

Cami and Morgan’s relationship and separate-but-connected journeys in The Traveling Prayer Shawl are such touching aspects of this novel. I’m pretty sure my eyes stayed misty through the entire last half of the novel. The author does a wonderful job, though, of authentically presenting their deeply-emotional story threads without making this book too overwhelmingly heavy. Instead, plenty of lighter moments are peppered throughout, including a swoony romance subplot that, of course, i loved. And enveloping the entire story is a gentle & organic message of grace and restoration which touched me as well.

The only thing that didn’t feel natural to me in The Traveling Prayer Shawl was some of the dialogue. Lots of very formal grammar that, while technically more correct, doesn’t feel like what women Cami & Morgan’s ages would use in conversation. Sentences like, “Must I set up the MRI or will he?” and “Mightn’t we receive our share?” took me out of the story a bit and disrupted my reading flow, because they just weren’t typical word choices for their generation (or mine, for that matter lol).

Bottom Line: The Traveling Prayer Shawl by Jennifer Lynn Cary is more than a story of family and forgiveness. It’s more than a story about an inheritance and a grandmother-granddaughter relationship. It’s more than a story about getting your priorities straight. It’s more than a romance or a dual timeline novel or a women’s fiction story. Though, it’s all of those things too. Rather, this book is a beautiful story of redemption, grace, and how the love of Christ changes everything. If you love Cynthia Ruchti, Beth K. Vogt, and Catherine West, you’ll love The Traveling Prayer Shawl too!

(I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I borrowed with Kindle Unlimited. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Jennifer Lynn Cary likes to say you can take the girl out of Indiana, but you can’t take the Hoosier out of the girl. Now transplanted to the Arizona desert, this direct descendant of Davy Crockett and her husband of forty years enjoy time with the family where she shares tales of her small town heritage and family legacies with their grandchildren. You can contact Jennifer via her website

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What about you? What makes you want to read The Traveling Prayer Shawl by Jennifer Lynn Cary? Do you crochet (or knit)?

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5 responses to “Book Review: The Traveling Prayer Shawl by Jennifer Lynn Cary

  1. Suzanne Sellner

    Obviously the prayer shawl ties in somehow, so my guess is that either Kate or Morgan or Cami made the prayer shawl and may give it to another as a huge need arises. Maybe the compassion expressed in the transfer helps with the healing of the one needing the shawl. It sounds like a precious story!

  2. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    I crochet and recently made a prayer shawl and a chemo hat for my best friend. This sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thank you for sharing. Blessings

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