Playing by Heart
Overview - "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. Read more...
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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 then a shocking phone call from her sister, Jewel, changes everything.
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. Lula doesn't even consider those real
Determined to prove herself, Lula commits to covering the job for the rest of the school year. Reluctantly, she turns to the boys' coach, Chet, to learn the newfangled game of basketball. Chet is handsome and single, but Lula has no plans to fall for a local boy. She's returning to college and her scholarship as soon as she gets Jewel back on her feet.
However, the more time she spends around Jewel's family, the girls' basketball team, music classes, and Chet, the more Lula comes to realize what she's given up in her single-minded pursuit of degree after degree. God is working on her heart, and her future is starting to look a lot different than she'd expected.
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Mateer (Wings of a Dream) takes readers back to Dunn, Oklahoma, and waxes poetical about a time filled with hope, fear, and charm. As World War I rages overseas, Lula Bowman leaves behind a prestigious and burgeoning career in academia to return home and assume care of her newly widowed sister, Jewel, and Jewel’s four children. Cognizant of her new role as the family’s chief breadwinner, Lula accepts a high school teaching position that comes with a little something extra—responsibility for coaching the ladies basketball team—a sport about which she knows nothing. With the help of the handsome men’s basketball coach, Chet Vaughn, Lula falls in love of the sport and rediscovers things long since forgotten about herself. Filled with warmth and faith, this tale of perseverance and grace serves as a reminder of a more innocent time where, despite life’s difficulties, strength was derived from the joys (and amusements) found in a small, close-knit community. (Sept.)