This is the first book I’ve read by Anne Mateer and you can be sure I’m planning to read more. When a telegram asking for help arrives from her mother’s estranged sister, Rebekah Hendricks is sent from Oklahoma to Texas to care for her ailing aunt. This, Rebekah believes, is a gift from God as it puts her closer to the dashing airman she believes she is meant to marry.
Upon her arrival, she finds that she has received far more responsibility than she bargained for. Her aunt battles the Spanish Influenza and Rebekah is faced with caring for four small children while trying to find a way to slip away from the farm life she’s always sworn she would leave.
Anne Mateer draws her characters well and fully and, more than many other authors, fills her books with authentic details of daily life in 1918. If I have a quibble with the story, it is that the some of the description is a bit vague. I was very pleased with her handling of the social conventions of the time. Often I read histocial fiction and find myself saying, “They wouldn’t have done that in 1920 (or whenever.)”
With the rainy season upon us in Oregon, this book makes a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Brew up a cup of tea, pull up a quilt and take flight on the “Wings of a Dream.”
This book was provided to me by Bethany House for review.