Rebekah Hendricks dreams of a life far beyond her family’s farm in Oklahoma, and when dashing aviator Arthur Samson promises adventure in the big city, she is quick to believe he’s the man she’s meant to marry.
While she waits for the end of the Great War and Arthur’s return, her mother’s sister falls ill. Rebekah seizes the opportunity to travel to Texas to care for Aunt Adabelle, sure that her glamorous and exciting life is about to start.
But the Spanish flu epidemic changes everything. Faced with her aunt’s sickness, Arthur’s indecisiveness, and four children who have no one else to care for them, Rebekah discovers she must choose between her desire to escape the type of life she’s always led and the unexpected love that just might change the dream of her heart.
How often do we have a dream of how we want our life to be? This is the premise of debut author Anne Mateer. Rebekah has a plan and she thinks moving from Oklahoma to Texas is the start of the life she wants. Instead, she finds herself single-handedly caring for four small children on a rural farm at the height of the Spanish flu. Arthur isn’t treating her in the way she expects, and she even begins to wonder if she might be better off returning to Oklahoma. But somehow, she can’t find it within herself to abandon these children who have suffered so much already.
There are books you expect to like that disappoint you, and there are the books in which you don’t have much initial interest that surprise and delight you. Wings of a Dream is one of the latter. This is a book I borrowed from the library because I wanted something to read and that particular day’s pickings were slim. Once I started reading it, however, I didn’t want to put it down. The theme of our plan versus God’s plan resonated strongly, and the writing flowed. In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this book and look forward to Mateer’s next publication.
Publisher: Bethany House
Page Count: 320
Release Date: 11 September 2011