WINGS OF A DREAM
Mateer’s debut is a tender love story. As if dealing with WWI is not enough, the influenza epidemic of 1918 takes a toll on people worldwide. The story has a slightly slow start, but it picks up speed and readers will be glad they stayed with it.
Rebekah Hendricks wanted more than living on a farm in Oklahoma, but caring for her mother’s sister and her four children wasn’t what she had in mind. When she thinks things can’t get any worse, her aunt dies of influenza and there is no one else to take care of the children. She knows she needs to stay until the children’s father returns from France, but she sees her dreams slipping away. Will Arthur, the man she loves, make up his mind about their future or does she belong with a stranger whose children she has cared for and loves? (BETHANY HOUSE, Sep., 320 pp., $14.99)