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Wings of a Dream
Bethany House / 2011 / Paperback
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During the Great War, Oklahoma farm girl Rebekah Hendricks is captivated by dashing aviator Arthur Samson. Rebekah travels to Texas to care for her flu-stricken aunt and be closer to Arthur's training camp. But her aunt's death and Arthur's indecisiveness change everything. Should she live a dutiful life or embrace unexpected love?
Debut Author Delivers Sweet Heartwarming Historical Fiction Rebekah Hendricks dreams of a life far beyond her family's farm in Oklahoma, and when dashing aviator Arthur Samson promised adventure in the big city, she is quick to believe he's the man she's meant to marry. While she waits for the Great War to end and Arthur to return to her so they can pursue all their plans, her mother's sister falls ill. Rebekah seizes the opportunity to travel to Texas to care for Aunt Adabelle, seeing this chance to be closer to Arthur's training camp as God's approval of her plans. But the Spanish flue epidemic changes everything. Faced with her aunt's death, Arthur's indecisiveness, and four children who have no one else to care for them, Rebeka is torn between the desire to escape the type of life she's always led and the unexpected love that just might change the dream of her heart.
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Author: Anne Mateer
Located in: Texas
Submitted: March 18, 2011
Tell us a little about yourself. In my very early years, I discovered a love of books. In my college years, I came to love history. Somewhere in between, I figured out that I loved to write! And often it has been in the writing where the Lord has met and changed me. My husband and I have been married for twenty-four years and have three kids--2 in college, 1 in high school.
What was your motivation behind this project? I think I had two motivations in this project. The first was to honor my storyteller grandmother by spinning a tale loosely based on her parents' story. The second was to explore some of the themes that I've grappled with in my own life and which my children, just beginning their adult lives, will now explore on their own. The two seemed to fit very nicely together.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope they will be entertained as they are transported back to the last months of the Great War, but I also hope they will see some part of themselves in the internal struggles of the characters, whether to convict or affirm.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Writing about a young woman torn over her desires for the future forced me to relive my past dreams and ambitions and reconcile them with the life I live now. For me, that meant again acknowledging that submitting to the Lord's direction in my life has resulted in a much richer, much more meaningful existence than if my youthful dreams had followed the path I'd imagined.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I love to study and read the Bible and draw great inspiration from what the Lord teaches me through His Word. His truth changes me. Thus, it gives me the tools with which to write about characters who go through an internal change over the course of a story. I'm also inspired by letters and diaries of women who lived in earlier times. As for authors, I read a wide variety of genres and have many favorite authors, but the ones who most inspire me are those that lived long ago--Jane Austen, the Brontes, Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, and the list goes on and on.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I hope you enjoy reading Wings of a Dream as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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