Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | September 16, 2014

‘Playing by Heart’ a great new novel by Anne Mateer

playing by heartLula Bowman dreamed of becoming the first woman in Oklahoma to receive a Ph.D.  She was well on her way until she received news that her sister’s husband died and she was the sibling expected to drop everything and be there for her.  She accepts a job teaching music and coaching basketball, tasks she felt neither qualified for nor desired to do.  She has hopes of returning to college once the tragedy has passed; however, over the course of the ear, Lula discovers things about herself and finds fulfillment in the unlikeliest of places.

Mateer’s characters are always well-developed and the history of the times well researched.   The story highlights the struggles communities and families had to deal with during a time when most men were going off to war and things still needed to be done at home.  Schools needed teachers and sometimes sacrifices had to be made.  Female teachers were not allowed to be married and men were going off to war.  Women, like Lula, were taking on roles they were not comfortable with and had received no training.  Lula never dreamed she would coach basketball but found some deep truths that characterized her life and found ways to change them.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing  Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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