Seeing as we've just celebrated our two year anniversary, it's especially poignant to get to review a former Inky's debut novel today. Anne Mateer's Wings of a Dream is available here. In fact, I downloaded it to the Kindle app on my phone and finished it in a single day. That doesn't often happen with me!
Rebekah Hendricks has big plans. Plans that don’t include the farming life she grew up with in rural Oklahoma. Secure in her conviction that she holds an aviator’s love, she jumps at the chance to head to Texas to nurse her aunt. A move that coincidentally puts her closer to the fellow she’s given her heart to.
Rebekah’s plans start to fall apart when she finds that her aunt was responsible for four young children whose father is off fighting the Kaiser. Then Aunt Adabelle passes away with one request on her lips; that Rebekah will care for the children until their father comes home. The path is more twisting than she ever expected, but in the end she finds the dream God has been dreaming for her.
On the surface it is a simple story, but Anne did a great job in layering different elements into her plot, and most importantly she crafted characters that pop off the page with realism. I really enjoyed the first person voice of the heroine, Rebekah. She’s no porcelain princess. Not in the least bit perfect, but her growth throughout the novel makes the story work. We know her and root for her to make the right decision, even when we’re not entirely certain what the right decision is ourselves.
Simple, elegant prose without unnecessary flourishes sets the perfect tone for the novel. And I really loved that this was a real historical. And by that, I mean, that the story couldn’t have been set in other time.
Wings of a Dream is not a typical genre romance, but it does include a very satisfying and sweetly woven love story. I highly recommend Anne’s debut novel!
Influenced by books like The Secret Garden and The Little Princess, Lisa Karon Richardson’s early books were heavy on boarding schools and creepy houses. Now that she’s (mostly) all grown-up she still loves a healthy dash of adventure and excitement in any story she creates, even her real-life story. She’s been a missionary to the Seychelles and Gabon and now that she and her husband are back in America, they are tackling a brand new adventure, starting a daughter-work church in a new city. Her first novella, Impressed by Love, part of the Colonial Courtships collection, is coming in May, 2012.