Saturday, December 13, 2014

Playing By Heart: A Book Review

About The Book:

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 subjects!

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.

You can read an excerpt of Playing By Heart here, in PDF format.

About The Author:

 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 for more information.

My Review:

If you have a Christian Historical Fiction fan on your Christmas list and still need to shop for them, look no further than Playing By Heart by Anne Mateer.

It is an exceptional read that will bring you back to the early 1900's and covers themes such doing what one desires not what others desire for you. Lula and Chet were very well developed characters, as were their story lines. It was great to see how their relationship developed through the book.

From the very first pages I was taken in by the story and my attention was kept throughout reading this great novel.  It was heartwarming, and definitely gets the reader thinking about the importance of family, and listening to God when He is guiding you.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Playing By Heart at your favorite book retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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