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Playing By Heart

Anne Mateer

Playing By Heart

Anne Mateer

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:"Mateer's turn-of-the-century story is full of characters who will touch your heart."--RT Book Reviews

Lula Bowman has finally achieved her dream: a teaching position and a scholarship to continue her college education in mathematics. But when she receives a shocking telephone call from her sister, Jewel, everything she's worked for begins to crumble.

After the sudden death of Jewel's husband, Jewel needs Lula's help. With a heavy heart, Lula returns to her Oklahoma hometown to do right by her sister. But the only teaching job available in Dunn is combination music instructor/basketball coach. Neither subject belongs anywhere near the halls of academia, according to Lula!

Lula commits to covering the job for the rest of the school year, determined to do well and prove herself to the town. Reluctantly, she turns to the boys' coach, Chet, to learn the game of basketball. Chet is handsome and single, but Lula has no plans to fall for a local boy. She's returning to college as soon as she gets Jewel back on her feet.

However, the more time she spends in Dunn, the more Lula realizes God is working on her heart--and her future is beginning to look a lot different than she'd expected.

- Publisher

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About "Playing By Heart"

:"Mateer's turn-of-the-century story is full of characters who will touch your heart."--RT Book Reviews

Lula Bowman has finally achieved her dream: a teaching position and a scholarship to continue her college education in mathematics. But when she receives a shocking telephone call from her sister, Jewel, everything she's worked for begins to crumble.

After the sudden death of Jewel's husband, Jewel needs Lula's help. With a heavy heart, Lula returns to her Oklahoma hometown to do right by her sister. But the only teaching job available in Dunn is combination music instructor/basketball coach. Neither subject belongs anywhere near the halls of academia, according to Lula!

Lula commits to covering the job for the rest of the school year, determined to do well and prove herself to the town. Reluctantly, she turns to the boys' coach, Chet, to learn the game of basketball. Chet is handsome and single, but Lula has no plans to fall for a local boy. She's returning to college as soon as she gets Jewel back on her feet.

However, the more time she spends in Dunn, the more Lula realizes God is working on her heart--and her future is beginning to look a lot different than she'd expected.

- Publisher

Meet the Author

Anne Mateer

Anne Mateer is a three-time Genesis Contest finalist who has long had a passion for history and historical fiction. She and her husband live near Dallas, Texas, and are the parents of three young adults.Visit www.annemateer.com for more information.

Customer Reviews For "Playing By Heart"

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Solid Christian Historical Romance
4 stars By Iola, Oct 16 2014
The story was written in first person, with chapters alternating between Lulu and Chet's points of view. This made it pretty obvious what the end result was going to be (a little surprise would have been nice), and I occasionally had to backtrack to remind myself who the viewpoint character was-it took a while before I was able to tell the difference. My other issue was that it took a while for me to tell when the story was set (World War One), which didn't help my initial confusion.

However, once I worked out who and when, I found myself in the middle of an interesting story. I always admire intelligent characters, and Lulu was no exception, especially as the story progressed and we gradually found out more about her history and why she was so determined to escape her hometown and pursue her academic career. 

I found Playing by Heart had some interesting observations to make about parental expectation. Lula's mother had encouraged her musical talent, while her father encouraged her ability to understand complex mathematical problems. It's an important lesson we all have to learn, that we need to discover who we are in God, not simply to meet the expectations of those around us. A solid read, recommended for historical romance fans who like something a little different. 

Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for revi
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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 403011
  • Product Code 9780764210655
  • ISBN 0764210653
  • EAN 9780764210655
  • Pages 320
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Baker Book House Fiction
  • Publication Date Sep 2014
  • Dimensions 215 x 139 x 22 mm
  • Weight 0.294kg

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