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Can the invisible walls that separate people ever come down? In 1933, Anna Leibowicz is convinced that the American dream that brought her Jewish family here from Poland is nothing but an illusion. Her father has vanished. Her dreams of college can't make it past the sweat-shop door. And when she discovers to her shame and horror that she's with child, her mother gives her Can the invisible walls that separate people ever come down? In 1933, Anna Leibowicz is convinced that the American dream that brought her Jewish family here from Poland is nothing but an illusion. Her father has vanished. Her dreams of college can't make it past the sweat-shop door. And when she discovers to her shame and horror that she's with child, her mother gives her little choice but to leave her family. Deciding her best course of action is to try to find her father, she strikes out...hoping against hope to somehow redeem them both. When Anna stumbles upon a house full of orphan boys in rural Indiana who are in desperate need of a tutor, she agrees to postpone her journey. But she knows from the moment she meets their contemplative, deep-hearted caretaker, Thomas Chandler, that she doesn't dare risk staying too long. She can't afford to open her heart to them, to him. She can't risk letting her secrets out. All too soon, the townspeople realize she's not like them and treat her with the same disdain they give the Sisters of Mercy--the nuns who help Thomas and the boys--and Samuel, the quiet colored boy Thomas has taken in. With the Klan presence in the town growing ever stronger and the danger to this family increasing the longer she stays, Anna is torn between fleeing to keep them safe...and staying to fight beside them. Oh, that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest...


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Can the invisible walls that separate people ever come down? In 1933, Anna Leibowicz is convinced that the American dream that brought her Jewish family here from Poland is nothing but an illusion. Her father has vanished. Her dreams of college can't make it past the sweat-shop door. And when she discovers to her shame and horror that she's with child, her mother gives her Can the invisible walls that separate people ever come down? In 1933, Anna Leibowicz is convinced that the American dream that brought her Jewish family here from Poland is nothing but an illusion. Her father has vanished. Her dreams of college can't make it past the sweat-shop door. And when she discovers to her shame and horror that she's with child, her mother gives her little choice but to leave her family. Deciding her best course of action is to try to find her father, she strikes out...hoping against hope to somehow redeem them both. When Anna stumbles upon a house full of orphan boys in rural Indiana who are in desperate need of a tutor, she agrees to postpone her journey. But she knows from the moment she meets their contemplative, deep-hearted caretaker, Thomas Chandler, that she doesn't dare risk staying too long. She can't afford to open her heart to them, to him. She can't risk letting her secrets out. All too soon, the townspeople realize she's not like them and treat her with the same disdain they give the Sisters of Mercy--the nuns who help Thomas and the boys--and Samuel, the quiet colored boy Thomas has taken in. With the Klan presence in the town growing ever stronger and the danger to this family increasing the longer she stays, Anna is torn between fleeing to keep them safe...and staying to fight beside them. Oh, that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest...

30 review for Wings Like a Dove

  1. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    If only I could give this book more than five stars. It really touched a spot in my heart. The main character, Anna is a young Jewish woman who immigrated from Poland to America with her family to find the American dream. Her mother is heart broken though with her husband not being around so Anna sets off to find him and bring him home. Set in 1933 in New York the depression is in full swing and the struggles are real . During this poverty some have the best in themselves brought out as they share If only I could give this book more than five stars. It really touched a spot in my heart. The main character, Anna is a young Jewish woman who immigrated from Poland to America with her family to find the American dream. Her mother is heart broken though with her husband not being around so Anna sets off to find him and bring him home. Set in 1933 in New York the depression is in full swing and the struggles are real . During this poverty some have the best in themselves brought out as they share what little they have with unfortunate others. I found myself really enjoying this book a lot. The plot is solid and believable . The characters I enjoyed them as well and could see them as actual people living during this time period. I read historical books for what I can learn from them and learning about Jewish customs was interesting. Forced to flee her home because of a shame she brought on herself Anna Leibowicz faces judgement, bigotry and intolerance. It's easier for someone to hate you than try to understand you she finds out. I highly admired Anna and Thomas's care of the rag tag group of boys Thomas cares for. She gives her heart and soul to the boys teaching them and they return it ten fold with admiration and compassion for her. This book is a superb historical fictional book. Raw just like things at times are, heart wrenching dealing with so many subjects. There is so much to learn from this book, many valuable lessons on truth,compassion,acceptance for our self and others. I HIGHLY recommend this book. It is one not to be passed up! Published December 1st 2019 I was given a complimentary copy of this book while working with Celebrate Lit. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Wings Like a Dove really took me by surprise - I knew I would like it, but this really blew my expectations out of the water. This story touches on so many things and strikes such a delicate balance between so many elements that make a story good - there's historical realism, an endearing cast of characters, and a sweet romance. Eide does not shy away from the realities of prejudice and racism, but nor do I feel there is any unecessary drama added in either. It's just a quality story about Wings Like a Dove really took me by surprise - I knew I would like it, but this really blew my expectations out of the water. This story touches on so many things and strikes such a delicate balance between so many elements that make a story good - there's historical realism, an endearing cast of characters, and a sweet romance. Eide does not shy away from the realities of prejudice and racism, but nor do I feel there is any unecessary drama added in either. It's just a quality story about hard-working and caring people facing a rising tide of hatred and prejudice. It begins with Anna taking a journey to escape the plight found in New York City, as well as to search for her absent father. Though she reaches safety in small-town Indiana, a plight of an entirely different sort greets her. A group of orphans needs her help, and she knows she needs a safe place to land. Bigotry in the guise of morality is the mode of operation for many of the townspeople, though Eide does a good job of not making caricatures out of anyone. Friendships are formed and tested, and despite her wish to remain aloof from the boys and their caretaker, Thomas, she is compelled to stay. I loved the natural progression of this plot and the relationships that go from aloof to enduring. Anna is a flawed, endearing character, and I loved the friendships that took root first between her, the boys, and Thomas. The story unfolds so well, and suffice it to say, this is my favorite of Eide's novels that I've read so far. She has already proven herself to be a versatile author, with both contemporary and historical stories. I highly recommend this novel to readers of historical fiction. I felt a deep connection to this story and loved this quote: "I have learned that wherever we find ourselves, we must have the courage to stretch out roots and produce something useful, even in times of difficulty. We must bloom boldly in whatever field our seed has fallen." I love the reminder that even if things turn out differently than we thought, we can always choose to tend our "field" the best we can and look for the beauty there. This is a reminder that my heart needs often. I received an advanced copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review. This review is my honest opinion.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sundin

    Both gorgeous and harrowing, Wings Like a Dove shows the dangers of allowing hatred and racism to grow in a community and the importance of standing up for right, even when its dangerous. Anna, Thomas, and Samuel are lovely characters full of depth and strength, and Thomas shows the beauty of faith in action. With a poignant romance, the story satisfies on every level. Camille Eide has penned another memorable novel. Dont miss it! Both gorgeous and harrowing, Wings Like a Dove shows the dangers of allowing hatred and racism to grow in a community – and the importance of standing up for right, even when it’s dangerous. Anna, Thomas, and Samuel are lovely characters full of depth and strength, and Thomas shows the beauty of faith in action. With a poignant romance, the story satisfies on every level. Camille Eide has penned another memorable novel. Don’t miss it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    I think people dislike those they do not know because t hey cannot see the good in others. One of Annas insights about the struggles and differences she observed in the fictional town of Corbin, Indiana where she found herself after leaving her Jewish family and community. Wings like a Dove by Camille Eide is a poignant and heart wrenching story of bigotry and intolerance to immigrants or anyone who was different from the leaders of the town, but is still prevalent in America today. I admired “I think people dislike those they do not know because t hey cannot see the good in others.” One of Anna’s insights about the struggles and differences she observed in the fictional town of Corbin, Indiana where she found herself after leaving her Jewish family and community. Wings like a Dove by Camille Eide is a poignant and heart wrenching story of bigotry and intolerance to immigrants or anyone who was different from the leaders of the town, but is still prevalent in America today. I admired the determination, dedication, hardworking, compassion that Thomas and Anna gave to the six young boys that Thomas was caring for. The history of America shined forth throughout the story with the ugliness of hatred, prejudice and events that many have forgotten is part of our history. Eide penned a superb historical romance that was raw at times to moments of compassion, forgiveness and acceptance being given. I highly recommend Wings like a Dove to fans of historical Christian fiction. There are many lessons that can be applied to our culture today. Another thought to ponder from Anna: “Will not all need mercy at some time in our lives? Mercy we do not deserve? It is a precious gift and yet it is free. Forgiveness and mercy are always possible because they are gifts from God.” I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and Celebrate Lit. I was under no obligation to write a positive review but I have expressed my own sincere thoughts. I’m glad I decided to read this book while it’s on tour with Celebrate Lit Bloggers.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Wings Like A Dove by Camille Eide is a powerful Christian historical novel that has its foundations in fact. Camille Eide has woven a fabulous tale. The novel is set in 1933 in New York and a rural town in the heart of America. It is a time of the Great Depression. There is much poverty. Out of their poverty, some characters give what little they have to those who have even less. Where they see a need, it is met. In contrast there are some bigoted, racially intolerant characters who work together Wings Like A Dove by Camille Eide is a powerful Christian historical novel that has its foundations in fact. Camille Eide has woven a fabulous tale. The novel is set in 1933 in New York and a rural town in the heart of America. It is a time of the Great Depression. There is much poverty. Out of their poverty, some characters give what little they have to those who have even less. Where they see a need, it is met. In contrast there are some bigoted, racially intolerant characters who work together to make life impossible for those whose skin is a different colour or whose religion is not seen as the ‘right’ one. “You could be despised for the odious crime of simply being born.” Prejudice is rife. The reader sees the appalling lengths some people will stoop to as characters see themselves as racially and morally superior. All the characters are well drawn. They individually elicit various responses from the reader from love to dislike. My personal favourite has to be Sam, a young Negro boy, so traumatised that speech eludes him. He certainly brought out all my mothering instincts. There will always be those who take advantage of others. Mistakes are made. Forgiveness needs to be given, especially to the face in the mirror. We often judge ourselves far too harshly. God is the God of second chances and new beginnings, so why do we find it so hard to accept His gift of forgiveness and grace? There are some huge kind-hearted characters who draw others to them with their kindness and care. I loved Wings Like A Dove, it gave a glimpse into the harsh realities of the Depression era and the courage, kindness and strength of character needed to overcome racial, religious and moral intolerance and prejudice. It was a truly marvellous read. I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Hill

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine. Where do I even begin to review such a masterpiece as this book? This is one of those extraordinary stories that has everything and then some. And all while being a Christian book with nothing offensive in it! First of all, I adore historical fiction, and this reviews a time in history that I know something about, but not in the way the author illustrated it. I I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine. Where do I even begin to review such a masterpiece as this book? This is one of those extraordinary stories that has everything and then some. And all while being a Christian book with nothing offensive in it! First of all, I adore historical fiction, and this reviews a time in history that I know something about, but not in the way the author illustrated it. I have often been taught about the persecution and prejudice of Jews around the world, but somehow, I didn't realize how it affected my own country. To read an account of a Jewish woman who is ostracized fiercely for who she is, where she came from, and an unfortunate incident that occurred genuinely broke my heart. Yet again, I find myself ashamed of what people have done throughout the centuries to Jewish people in the name of Christ. I sympathized with our brave heroine, and I totally fell in love with her spirt and demeanor not to mention her strength of character. Secondly, this book highlighted one of the exceptions to the rule in this country. I was enraptured with Thomas and his love for his boys as well as Anna. This is godly love portrayed in an extraordinary fashion during a time when it was hard to demonstrate that love to the unlovely and the outcasts. To be honest, there are many parallels in today's society as it is still very difficult to live out our faith in a world that believes it is their right to dictate how we should live as "Christians," and if you buck the system, you will be ostracized for adhering to your godly principles in a similar manner to the way in which Thomas was treated. This is easily one of the most special books I have read in recent times. While I do know the author personally and expected to love the book, I had not idea just how much I would love it! The writing is impeccable. Camille has such an incredible way of detailing the story so that feel as though you are right there in the midst of the moment, witnessing the action from a close but safe vantage point. The reader almost wishes he/she can reach out and intervene in the most difficult of situations, but we know we have no choice but to let the story play out. I walked away from this story with a new knowledge and understanding of this volatile time in our nation's history, and I have an even more profound respect for the author and the way in which she writes a narrative. I highly recommend this book to anyone!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fiction Aficionado

    This is one of those stories that grabs your heart and runs off with it. Youre helpless to do anything other than follow where the story leads until you finally reach the end and find your hearts been returned to you, somehow a little fuller despite having been wounded and pummelled along the way. First theres Annaunwed and pregnant, adrift and alone in a country that is unwelcoming to Jews at best. Then theres the ad hoc family of orphan boysincluding a young coloured boy, Samueland their This is one of those stories that grabs your heart and runs off with it. You’re helpless to do anything other than follow where the story leads until you finally reach the end and find your heart’s been returned to you, somehow a little fuller despite having been wounded and pummelled along the way. First there’s Anna—unwed and pregnant, adrift and alone in a country that is unwelcoming to Jews at best. Then there’s the ad hoc family of orphan boys—including a young coloured boy, Samuel—and their caretaker Thomas, who have planted their feet against a tide of bigotry and bullying from townspeople who advocate a very narrow-minded view of Americanism, one this makeshift family doesn’t conform to. Each of these characters pulls at the heart from the moment you meet them, and that tug only gets stronger as you witness the outright bigotry and hatred they endure as they go about life minding their own business. I loved the strength and resilience of these characters, particularly Thomas, the kind of man who helps a neighbour in need, no matter the cost to himself. “If helping people costs all I have or brings me up short, it’s okay. He takes up the slack. He’s come through too many times for me to stop trusting Him now, to take my eyes off those in need.” The way his friendship with Anna gradually deepened as they got to know one another was heartwarming too. And some surprise turns in the plot in the last part of the book had me riveted until the final, poignant page. This is a beautifully written story—a journey from shame and condemnation to forgiveness and reconciliation, and a reminder to look beyond our superficial differences: “Mercy, grace, and compassion are the key to accepting what we do not understand, whether it be people who are different, or a heritage beyond our choosing, or a Love that gives up what is most precious of all.” I received a copy of this novel from the author. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Wings Like a Dove by Camille Eide tells of harsh times in our nations history when bigotry ruled in the name of moral justice. We will never have unity as long as people demand sameness. Unity is not sameness, but oneness of purpose. But whose purpose. This story takes place in the 1930s when almost everyone was poor and jobs were scarce. Anna Leibowicz is forced to flee her life in New York City through a humiliation she brought on herself. She starts out for Chicago in search of her father, Wings Like a Dove by Camille Eide tells of harsh times in our nation’s history when bigotry ruled in the name of moral justice. “We will never have unity as long as people demand sameness. Unity is not sameness, but oneness of purpose. But whose purpose.” This story takes place in the 1930’s when almost everyone was poor and jobs were scarce. Anna Leibowicz is forced to flee her life in New York City through a humiliation she brought on herself. She starts out for Chicago in search of her father, who has been missing for six years. She is led to a small town in Indiana where she finds work as a tutor for six orphaned boys in exchange for room and board until she can resume her journey. She is making progress with her students and coaxing a small, mute black boy to speak, but she is wary of making friends. As soon as the town finds out she is a Jew, she is ostracized along with Sam, the black child. This story is raw, it is real, it doesn’t shy away from hard things and yet it is filled with compassion and Grace. “Will not all need mercy at some time in our lives? Mercy we do not deserve? It is a precious gift and yet it is free. Forgiveness and mercy are always possible because they are gifts from God.” “If love is genuine, then compassion must follow, because compassion is the most basic act of love.” “If ultimate love is found in the ultimate sacrifice, then I will consider what the cross of Christ truly means.” This story holds eternal truths that have applications yet today. In my opinion, Ms. Eide has done a superior job of giving us much to think about and apply to our own lives. *I received a complimentary ebook from WhiteFire Publishers on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lady Delacour

    Anna's story will have you reaching for the tissue box. 3 Warm Stars. TTS Listen Clean with bit of Slang.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    Some books can be devoured in a day. Other books require more methodical dissection. Wings Like a Dove was the latter for me. It caused me to pause. Chew. Reflect. I wished for a hard copy in my hands so I could highlight and make notes in the margins. It is powerfully written, doesnt shy away from the ugliness of the past, and caused me to look for ways I can press on for change in my heart and community. I felt all of the emotions, and its depth deserves a second reading because there is more Some books can be devoured in a day. Other books require more methodical dissection. “Wings Like a Dove” was the latter for me. It caused me to pause. Chew. Reflect. I wished for a hard copy in my hands so I could highlight and make notes in the margins. It is powerfully written, doesn’t shy away from the ugliness of the past, and caused me to look for ways I can press on for change in my heart and community. I felt all of the emotions, and it’s depth deserves a second reading because there is more nourishment to be had. One of my favorite quotes: “We will never have unity as long as people demand sameness. Unity is not sameness, but oneness of purpose. But whose purpose? Who gets to decide? If only everyone would stop shouting and hating and burning down and forcing out, perhaps we would hear the voice of wisdom. Perhaps.” I highly recommend Camille Eide’s latest novel. I hope you will be enlightened, encouraged, and challenged as I have by Anna’s story. Anna said quietly. “If these past months have taught me nothing else, they have taught me that though I am only a seed blowing in the wind, I must still be fruitful wherever I land. I have learned that wherever we find ourselves, we must have the courage to stretch out roots and produce something useful, even in times of difficulty. We must bloom boldly in whatever field our seed has fallen.”

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Geary

    Eide has once again swept me away with her poignant storytelling. This time, into the Great Depression, to witness the harsh reality faced by a young Jewish woman in a society that reflects intolerances similar to those were experiencing today. With page-turning anticipation, Anna leaves her mother and siblings to spare them the certain shame, danger and hardship that her secret, when exposed, will bring. Starving and alone, she befriends a pack of orphans and their benevolent caregiver, only to Eide has once again swept me away with her poignant storytelling. This time, into the Great Depression, to witness the harsh reality faced by a young Jewish woman in a society that reflects intolerances similar to those we’re experiencing today. With page-turning anticipation, Anna leaves her mother and siblings to spare them the certain shame, danger and hardship that her secret, when exposed, will bring. Starving and alone, she befriends a pack of orphans and their benevolent caregiver, only to be faced with unimaginable prejudice and bigotry from the townspeople. I found myself yelling at the pages of the book in desperate attempts to steer the characters (tissue box at my side). But, what of mercy and forgiveness? Will they melt the stone-cold and brainwashed hearts? This is one of my all-time favorites. I hope to see it on the big screen someday.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    Im speechless. So, so crushingly beautiful, and I couldnt put it down. The themes of understanding and acceptance, grace and forgiveness are so powerful in Anna & Thomass story, but the growing love between them was palpable. I smiled, I wept, and I rejoiced. Camille Eide has blessed her readers again, and allowed us a peek into crafting the stitches of an unforgettable quilt. I’m speechless. So, so crushingly beautiful, and I couldn’t put it down. The themes of understanding and acceptance, grace and forgiveness are so powerful in Anna & Thomas’s story, but the growing love between them was palpable. I smiled, I wept, and I rejoiced. Camille Eide has blessed her readers again, and allowed us a peek into crafting the stitches of an unforgettable quilt.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katie Edgar

    This is one of my top reads of the year! The characters, (and there were quite a few!) had so much depth and some were just so touching and wonderful and others so endearing and fun that I feel a bit at a loss right now after finishing this book. The message is so wonderful and shown in so many ways throughout the book, that it will stick with the reader long after turning the last page. It was hard for me to read at times, because I was scared what was going to happen next in those turbulent This is one of my top reads of the year! The characters, (and there were quite a few!) had so much depth and some were just so touching and wonderful and others so endearing and fun that I feel a bit at a loss right now after finishing this book. The message is so wonderful and shown in so many ways throughout the book, that it will stick with the reader long after turning the last page. It was hard for me to read at times, because I was scared what was going to happen next in those turbulent times, but the author kept it hopeful enough that it never got too heavy for me. I did laugh and I did cry though, so I absolutely found it touching. I feel the group of boys in this book are real and want to go meet them. And while I know that isn’t possible, it does show the talent this book portrays. I highly recommend Wings Like a Dove! I received an e-copy of this book, all views are my own. I give Wings Like a Dove 5 stars!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    As an avid reader of Christian historical fiction, finding a distinctive work that truly stands out from the rest and also covers a little-known time period can be challenging. Earlier this year I read Cathy Gohlkes The Medallion and appreciated it for being a different type of Holocaust narrative. Throughout college, I took courses on and studied the Holocaust, focusing mostly on the concentration camps. However, I do not remember studying the earlier years of Hitlers rise to power, nor do I As an avid reader of Christian historical fiction, finding a distinctive work that truly stands out from the rest and also covers a little-known time period can be challenging. Earlier this year I read Cathy Gohlke’s “The Medallion” and appreciated it for being a different type of Holocaust narrative. Throughout college, I took courses on and studied the Holocaust, focusing mostly on the concentration camps. However, I do not remember studying the earlier years of Hitler’s rise to power, nor do I recall reading accounts of Jewish life in America prior to WWII. This is obviously not to say that they don’t exist, but rather that literature, especially when fictional, tends to focus on the War and the atrocities perpetrated therein. Part of the reason why I loved “Wings Like a Dove” so much is that it diverges from the conventional novel about Jewish people during this era. Writing with verdant detail, Camille Eide cultivates a poignant story within the pages of “Wings Like a Dove.” Interestingly, this story takes place in America in 1933, the same year in which Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. After leaving their native Poland, Anna Leibowicz and her family are struggling to make a life in America, which is turning out not to be the promised land of opportunity for everyone. Anna is such an interesting, multi-faceted character, and her growth and maturation are beautiful yet heartrending to witness. After becoming pregnant out of wedlock, she is forced to leave her home and make her own way, which lands her in the role of tutor to six orphaned boys whose caretaker’s deeply-held Christian beliefs both baffle and intrigue her. She has always lived in a community in which neighbor took care of neighbor, but she doesn’t understand the workings of Christianity: “A choice? To belong to a religion? How strange. Being a Jew was not a choice.” This was eye-opening for me because it offers perspective; being a Christian is a matter of asking Jesus into your heart as Lord and Savior, whereas being Jewish is something that you are born into. A fact that I did not fully realize before reading this novel is that living in America did not exempt Jewish people from persecution. Although America became a safe haven for Jewish refugees during and after WWII, and I have always considered those who immigrated prior to Hitler’s invasion of Poland as being secure, “Wings Like a Dove” sheds light on how dangerous it was to be Jewish: “All she knew was you could be tormented for a heritage you did not choose. You could inherit a life of constant upheaval and uncertainty whether you wanted it or not. You could be despised for the odious crime of simply being born.” This is the crux of the story’s conflict both within Anna herself and in the world around her. Sadly, this is something that we still see today, but we must remember that accepting Jesus brings us to a glorious eternal inheritance regardless of race or nationality. Eide deftly works the historical atmosphere into “Wings Like a Dove.” The Campbell Home for Mothers and Children in this novel puts me in mind of Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children’s Home Society and highlights some of the potential danger faced by the orphan boys. In the same manner, Sam’s elective mutism bespeaks past trauma inflicted due to the color of his skin. As aforementioned, xenophobia plays a major role in the story, with the Jewish people being discriminated against along with Catholics, Negroes, and other immigrants. The Ku Klux Klan enters into the narrative as well. I applaud Eide for demonstrating that racism is always wrong and that we should offer Christ’s love to everyone because that is what will ultimately triumph. For further exploration, there are discussion questions included at the end of the book, followed by more generalized discussion questions about broader points. I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    What a story! Set in 1930's New York City and small town Indiana, Wings Like a Dove shines a light on the racism and xenophobia that we like to pretend doesn't exist. (Seriously, I'm positive I never learned about the rampant antisemitism that was present in America's heartland prior to World War II.) Anna's story is maddening, heartbreaking, and inspiring. The prejudice she faced made me so mad, but I cheered her spine and resiliency. Also, I loved her relationship with the boys she tutored, What a story! Set in 1930's New York City and small town Indiana, Wings Like a Dove shines a light on the racism and xenophobia that we like to pretend doesn't exist. (Seriously, I'm positive I never learned about the rampant antisemitism that was present in America's heartland prior to World War II.) Anna's story is maddening, heartbreaking, and inspiring. The prejudice she faced made me so mad, but I cheered her spine and resiliency. Also, I loved her relationship with the boys she tutored, especially Samuel (and I really appreciated the glimpse into Samuel's future at the end). All people are worthy of love and respect, and a person's past shouldn't define his present--just two of the things I was left thinking about as I closed the last page. Also, I appreciated that Eide didn't tie everything up into a neat bow at the end, though there was quite a bit of resolution. Wings Like a Dove is a wonderful story that is absolutely worth your time. And, though it's set in the 1930's, it is very much applicable today. Disclosure of material connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Donna C

    What I think you should know: Wings like a Dove is a historical fiction or historical romance set in 1933. It follows Anna Leibowicz, a Jewish immigrant who fled Poland to escape persecution only to find that the American dream her familys hopes had crashed when her father disappeared leaving her to support her mother and siblings. What you might need to know: Anna became pregnant and blamed herself for it, however based on what she said in the book it was date rape. My thoughts on this book: What I think you should know: Wings like a Dove is a historical fiction or historical romance set in 1933. It follows Anna Leibowicz, a Jewish immigrant who fled Poland to escape persecution only to find that the American dream her family’s hopes had crashed when her father disappeared leaving her to support her mother and siblings. What you might need to know: Anna became pregnant and blamed herself for it, however based on what she said in the book it was date rape. My thoughts on this book: Camille Eide has written a beautiful, but tough book that shows how difficult times can be defined by how you treat other people. Anna had been raised with a sense of community that she does not find once she is forced from her home. Anna is instead faced with prejudice once people realize she is “different” than them. Thomas also faced prejudice for choices he made, but he was a wonderful character. I loved the strength he showed , how he looked beyond race or circumstance to see the person. The Boys were a delight, I could picture them and their antics and loved the elements they brought to the story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    Wow! The old saying, how do you eat an elephant....one bite at a time...describes how to take in this beautifully crafted novel. There are so many nuggets of gold to glean if you take your time. It shines the light on judgement, prejudice, preconceived notions, and fear of what we dont understand. It takes place in the 1930s but could have just as well been written in present day. The strength of character that Anna shows is impressive although she was carrying burdens of secrets and blaming Wow! The old saying, how do you eat an elephant....one bite at a time...describes how to take in this beautifully crafted novel. There are so many nuggets of gold to glean if you take your time. It shines the light on judgement, prejudice, preconceived notions, and fear of what we don’t understand. It takes place in the 1930’s but could have just as well been written in present day. The strength of character that Anna shows is impressive although she was carrying burdens of secrets and blaming herself. It is a story that has you weeping and feeling sorry for the injustices that take place. It will open your heart to love and show compassion on your fellow man, as we are all created by God. I loved this book from the characters to the details of the story line. I can’t find all the right words to describe what I want to say without spoilers, so I will just say it needs to be read. This is a new author to me and I will be looking to reading more by her. I received a complimentary copy from CelebrateLit/author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    What a great idea for a story! I appreciate the topics this book brings up because, while this is a historical novel, it is something that can be just as relevant today. Anna is a terrific character and the story line seems to flow nicely. I think the main takeaway from a novel like this is how it makes you think. That is the reason books like this are important, they make you stop and ponder. You think about the past and how things were historically and then you also consider how people are What a great idea for a story! I appreciate the topics this book brings up because, while this is a historical novel, it is something that can be just as relevant today. Anna is a terrific character and the story line seems to flow nicely. I think the main takeaway from a novel like this is how it makes you think. That is the reason books like this are important, they make you stop and ponder. You think about the past and how things were historically and then you also consider how people are today. You consider how we think and act in our communities and out in the world. I appreciate a story that makes a person pause and consider. I am anxious to read more by Camille Eide. “Thanks to the publisher for offering me a free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Wow! What an amazing story of mercy, grace, and forgiveness. There are many difficult subjects dealt with in this book. Some are quite horrific. One of my favorite passages is, "Will we not all need mercy at some time in our lives? Mercy we do not deserve?..." Sadly, it is a much-needed lesson for today's world. The author also gives us heart touching, sweet moments. I loved how Anna met the boys. Those boys melted my heart. I loved how they stuck together, even on the newly imposed "wash day." Wow! What an amazing story of mercy, grace, and forgiveness. There are many difficult subjects dealt with in this book. Some are quite horrific. One of my favorite passages is, "Will we not all need mercy at some time in our lives? Mercy we do not deserve?..." Sadly, it is a much-needed lesson for today's world. The author also gives us heart touching, sweet moments. I loved how Anna met the boys. Those boys melted my heart. I loved how they stuck together, even on the newly imposed "wash day." Samuel was a very special child. I cannot complete this review without mentioning Thomas. He loves his apprentices more than a true father would. And I liked the bargain he made with Anna. I loved the Sisters Mary too. This book is not a quick easy read. It is a very thought-provoking look at some ugly realities. I enjoyed the Discussion questions at the end. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required. The opinion expressed is entirely my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    I was drawn into Anna's story from the very first page. It is well known how Americans struggled through the 1930's. Those were dark days. But there were some who had an even more difficult fight and Camille has expertly captured one of those stories. I fell in love with the characters and was outraged at others. I cheered and I cried as my heart broke for Anna and others. I held my breath for a perfect outcome, right to the end. This beautiful story will stay with me for a very long time. Thank I was drawn into Anna's story from the very first page. It is well known how Americans struggled through the 1930's. Those were dark days. But there were some who had an even more difficult fight and Camille has expertly captured one of those stories. I fell in love with the characters and was outraged at others. I cheered and I cried as my heart broke for Anna and others. I held my breath for a perfect outcome, right to the end. This beautiful story will stay with me for a very long time. Thank you Camille for another excellent read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I can't say enough good things about this book. Rich, real characters and storyline even though I am ever grateful that I didn't live in that time. At times devastating but greatly uplifting.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Inspirationalfictionreader

    One of my favorite books is The Memoir of Johnny Devine by Camille Eide. So I was really excited to read Wings Like a Dove. This story is set in 1933. With the presence of the Klan, there is a lot of bigotry, hate, and heartbreak in this story. But, there is also a lot of hope, love, and forgiveness. I was drawn into this story from the first page and even when I wasnt reading, I kept thinking about the characters. The things that Anna and Samuel go through will make your heart ache. I really One of my favorite books is The Memoir of Johnny Devine by Camille Eide. So I was really excited to read Wings Like a Dove. This story is set in 1933. With the presence of the Klan, there is a lot of bigotry, hate, and heartbreak in this story. But, there is also a lot of hope, love, and forgiveness. I was drawn into this story from the first page and even when I wasn’t reading, I kept thinking about the characters. The things that Anna and Samuel go through will make your heart ache. I really loved Anna and her resilience and how she always made the best of her circumstances. I especially loved her relationship with Samuel. Thomas was a wonderful character. I love how he had taken in the boys to keep them from having to go to an orphanage. He truly showed the love of Christ. This story is both heartbreaking and beautiful - a story you won’t want to miss. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tracie

    Camille Eides Wings Like a Dove is so well-written! I was hooked immediately and did not want to stop reading. Eides writing has exactly the right balance of emotion, description, and action. The story has an unlikely cast of characterssix orphan boys, two nuns, a former minister, and a Jewish girlthat seem perfectly plausible in the setting and are completely loveable. I hope someone nominates this book for a Christy. Highly recommended reading for any who love good fiction. Camille Eide’s Wings Like a Dove is so well-written! I was hooked immediately and did not want to stop reading. Eide’s writing has exactly the right balance of emotion, description, and action. The story has an unlikely cast of characters—six orphan boys, two nuns, a former minister, and a Jewish girl—that seem perfectly plausible in the setting and are completely loveable. I hope someone nominates this book for a Christy. Highly recommended reading for any who love good fiction.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

    While I wasnt sure what to expect since this author is new to me, I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book. I loved the lessons on loyalty, acceptance, forgiveness, but most of all love and hope. This book had great examples of seeing the goodness in the bad and ugliness of life. I would definitely recommend this book! I was given a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author, but was not required to write a review. The thoughts and comments are my own. While I wasn’t sure what to expect since this author is new to me, I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book. I loved the lessons on loyalty, acceptance, forgiveness, but most of all love and hope. This book had great examples of seeing the goodness in the bad and ugliness of life. I would definitely recommend this book! I was given a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author, but was not required to write a review. The thoughts and comments are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chris Unwin

    Edit: Re-read this again the first week of January 2020. I picked it for a conservative book group who wont buy their own books. We borrow them from the library. I ❤ed this book so much I bought four books from Amazon to pass out to my 70+ yo group. I still think its one of my favorite books EVER. Ive never re-read a book in such a short turn around time. Fingers crossed the older ladies will love it like I have. Still a 5***** read! What a perfect book. It has it all. A love story, a history Edit: Re-read this again the first week of January 2020. I picked it for a conservative book group who won’t buy their own books. We borrow them from the library. I ❤️ed this book so much I bought four books from Amazon to pass out to my 70+ yo group. I still think it’s one of my favorite books EVER. I’ve never re-read a book in such a short turn around time. Fingers crossed the older ladies will love it like I have. Still a 5***** read! What a perfect book. It has it all. A love story, a history lesson, and it teaches tolerance and acceptance. It wraps its arms around you and holds you tight from the first chapter to the last page. It is set as the Great Depression is just on its last legs. Anna, a young Jewish woman, starts off on a journey to Chicago but ends up getting waylaid along the way. Here she meets Thomas, a kind hearted carpenter with 6 orphan boys who need help passing end of year school tests. However does Anna have time to teach them? She does have a personal deadline. Will the town let Anna stay once they find out she is a Jew? Did you know there was a WKKK movement? (Woman’s Ku Klux Klan) She is risking so much by staying. Each week it is more scary for Anna to stay but the boys need to pass the end of year school test and Samuel the young Negro boy really needs Anna. ....and then Anna’s greatest fear happens! Clean Read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leslie M.

    4.5 stars - one of my favorite reads of 2019. Review to come in January 2020.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Beautifully written, this novel broke my heart even as it embraces with heartwarming actions of people who care for others despite the cost. The author, an excellent storyteller, shows the early 20th century when fear caused devastating bigotry. Persecutors were bound together by belief of seriously flawed information. Corbin, Indiana is an example of what happens when a town, and country, allows bigotry and hatred to almost overtake it. America was a difficult place to live in the 1930s. The Beautifully written, this novel broke my heart even as it embraces with heartwarming actions of people who care for others despite the cost. The author, an excellent storyteller, shows the early 20th century when fear caused devastating bigotry. Persecutors were bound together by belief of seriously flawed information. Corbin, Indiana is an example of what happens when a town, and country, allows bigotry and hatred to almost overtake it. America was a difficult place to live in the 1930’s. The country is ravaged by the Great Depression, when people lost jobs, homes, businesses, and farms. Certain races, cultures, and faiths were outrageously persecuted. Anna’s father came to America, saved money and sent enough for half the fare for her family to immigrate from Poland. They have not heard from him for six years, and they have been in America for four years. Mama is convinced Papa will come home any day, despite what people in their Jewish community have heard. Anna works in a garment factory and her next oldest sister recently started there. Anna learns she is pregnant and her mother gives her one option, to go to Campbell Home for Mothers and Children in Manhattan. When she hears what happens there, she returns home, refusing to submit her baby to an uncertain future. She left her beloved family, including her sister and best friend Shayna. She is going to Chicago, where Papa was last rumored to have gone. Anna was denied access on buses due to being Jewish and hitchhikes towards Chicago. Through a God-set appointment, she takes room and board in Corbin, teaching six boys who either are orphans or whose parents could no longer care for them. Their guardian, Thomas Chandler, had sent them to a Catholic school until it burned down. The boys are his apprentice woodworkers, and he must to send them to the public school. One of the boys is black and unable to speak, and the public school refuses him. In a show of solidarity, none of the boys will attend if he can’t. Anna will tutor them until the remaining weeks of school are up. She also takes in mending to make some traveling money. Anna and Thomas, despite their different faiths – she is Jewish and he is Christian – are attracted to each other, but she knows if he learns her secret shame, he will turn her out. The Klan is active in Corbin, and I learned that Jews and Catholics were included in their targets, not only African Americans. When some of the ladies discover Anna is Jewish as well as a Polish immigrant, she and young Samuel, who has begun to speak under her care and tutelage, are their targets. Anna and Samuel have grown close, and they are learning much from each other about the Lord. Until the day that she rescues a drowning child, and her soaking dress shows her shame for all to see. Including Thomas. This novel is outstanding. While difficult to read at times, it is most worthwhile. I learned about a simple, yet very profound, faith from Samuel. Thomas and the Sisters are faith in action. The end is amazing, a true lesson for our country today. Are we willing to make a make a difference, one person at a time? Allow the Lord’s Word to give wings to our feet so that we don’t long to fly away, but rather have courage to stay? I highly recommend this to anyone who appreciates well-written Christian historical fiction and evidence of what God’s love can do. From a thankful heart: I received a copy of this from CelebrateLit, and this is my honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    This book is one I could not put down. It is a riveting account of what it was like in 1933. Being Jewish, Anna never once thought her heritage would cause so much discord among others. I instantly liked her never give up attitude and humble spirit. When she becomes pregnant her mother gives her no choice but to leave her home. I can't imagine what it would be like to be all alone with no where to sleep or even be able to find food to eat. Thomas is a wonderful character who has taken in young This book is one I could not put down. It is a riveting account of what it was like in 1933. Being Jewish, Anna never once thought her heritage would cause so much discord among others. I instantly liked her never give up attitude and humble spirit. When she becomes pregnant her mother gives her no choice but to leave her home. I can't imagine what it would be like to be all alone with no where to sleep or even be able to find food to eat. Thomas is a wonderful character who has taken in young boys to raise so they won't be sent to an orphanage. My heart went out to him as he tried so hard to provide for them and try to keep them grounded in the Word. His faith was very strong and his love for the children was unconditional. I believe it was a divine appointment when Anna runs into Thomas and he offers her a place to stay in exchange for teaching school to the boys he is in charge of. Anna is hesitant but with a new life growing inside she has no other choice but to accept his offer. As the story continues the author shows us what racism feels like when people in the little town show how much they don't like anyone but white people. One of the young boys that Thomas cares for moved me to tears. Samuel and Anna seem to build a special bond and I loved how Anna helped Samuel to understand who God was. He is a boy who has seen something that scares him and it rears its ugly head in town one day. I couldn't believe how horrible people could be to others because of the color of their skin, heritage or religious beliefs. Thomas and Anna are from different backgrounds but it doesn't hinder their friendship. When the town discovers that Anna is Jewish and has kept her pregnancy a secret, hate spews into her life. She is shunned by everyone in town. The author gives a vivid account of what it must have been like for someone living during this time period facing hatred. The mention of the KKK was hard to read and they caused destruction and death in the town. Through all the turmoil going on there God was there protecting those who felt unwanted and judged. The author has written an epic adventure that illustrates the hard times people faced during this time period with food supplies dwindling and a nation under seize by prejudice and greed. I longed for Anna and Samuel to feel accepted and loved. The faith element in the story is strong and gives characters comfort and shows them that God will never leave them. The story has opened my eyes to the fact that many people even today still find themselves in the face of hatred by those who are blinded by a world that still practices prejudice. The story is filled with many lessons and a beautiful ending that gives us hope for change. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nyla

    Wings Like a Dove by author Camille Eide is a Christian Historical Romance set in 1930s America. It is a story of hope, resilience, prejudice, redemption, and love. This captivating story grabbed my attention immediately and refused to relinquish its hold until the very end. Author Eide is new to me. This is the first thing I have read by her. I was impressed with her lovely writing style. Words flowed easily into a well planned story. Her subject matter was deep and haunting. It hurts my heart Wings Like a Dove by author Camille Eide is a Christian Historical Romance set in 1930’s America. It is a story of hope, resilience, prejudice, redemption, and love. This captivating story grabbed my attention immediately and refused to relinquish its hold until the very end. Author Eide is new to me. This is the first thing I have read by her. I was impressed with her lovely writing style. Words flowed easily into a well planned story. Her subject matter was deep and haunting. It hurts my heart to read how cruel people were to those of different races and religions. Unfortunately the same holds true today. From Poland Anna along with her mother and siblings now live in America. Their father came earlier but is nowhere to be found. Anna decides to search for him after having some trouble of her own. The fictional town of Corbin, Indiana was not an ideal, Mayberry type town. It had residents filled with prejudice, hatred, bigotry, and lives that needed Jesus. My heart broke for the destruction and pain caused to so many. The author did an exceptional job crafting her characters. They were realistic and relatable. I enjoyed the small town, rural setting. There were children that gave the story a sweet touch. Throughout the book Anna makes Challah bread, described in mouthwatering detail. Readers are rewarded with a recipe at the end. Author Eide has penned a novel filled with mystery, misunderstandings, religious and racial prejudice, forgiveness, encouragement, faith, hope, love, and redemption. Scripture and faith are woven into it beautifully. It is a deep story that stayed with me. I hated for it to end because I became so attached to the characters. I highly recommend this book. Early teen readers are too young for much of the subject matter. It has discussion questions so this is the perfect selection for a reading group or small group. My rating for this is 5 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but these are my honest words.

  30. 4 out of 5

    E. Espinoza

    Wings Like a Dove, by Camille Eide, is one of the most moving novels I have ever read. The history it explores and the themes it pursues are powerfully intense, necessary, and timely. This well-written novel is gut-wrenchingly raw and honest, yet it is not without hope. It is tender, beautiful, emotionally-stirring, and thought-provoking. This novel bravely and boldly explores very difficult and sensitive topics such as prejudice, racism, gossip, hatred, and hypocrisy. Even still, I couldnt turn Wings Like a Dove, by Camille Eide, is one of the most moving novels I have ever read. The history it explores and the themes it pursues are powerfully intense, necessary, and timely. This well-written novel is gut-wrenchingly raw and honest, yet it is not without hope. It is tender, beautiful, emotionally-stirring, and thought-provoking. This novel bravely and boldly explores very difficult and sensitive topics such as prejudice, racism, gossip, hatred, and hypocrisy. Even still, I couldn’t turn away. I found the stories and perspectives contained within this novel to be incredibly compelling, because Ms. Eide has skillfully crafted believable characters who are vulnerable, flawed, and achingly real. At times, this novel broke my heart. I wept and I grieved for those who actually lived this story beyond the world of ink on paper. As revealed throughout history, and as depicted in the pages of this book, the human capacity for evil is beyond my fathoming. Yet, the human capacity for compassion and self-sacrifice is equally striking. This book also reveals that where there is unwarranted hatred and oppression, there will always be those who purposefully risk much to oppose such injustice and cruelty. When fiction can make us explore our own hearts, our own motivations, our own insecurities, and our own fears, it is an incredibly marvelous thing. When fiction can nurture positive change, then written words become something profound and meaningful. This book and its many poignant themes reminds us all that assumptions can be dangerous, empathy is life-changing, and grace and forgiveness can lead to healing and reconciliation. Throughout this novel, Ms. Eide also illustrates the capacity of God’s love to heal wounded hearts and broken lives. This story never fails to affirm the promise that God is near to everyone at all times. It is He who makes a way when no way can be found. Even in moments of regret, even in situations that seem desperately bleak, and even in the midst of significant shame, fear, and danger there can be found an unshakeable hope when trust is placed securely in the promises of an eternal God.   Wings Like a Dove is truly an outstanding novel from beginning to end. Ms. Eide’s talent for storytelling is remarkable. Her writing is well-researched, descriptive, and very immersive. Within every paragraph and page there is deep meaning, real truth, and thoughtful purpose. This story is relevant, fascinating, and unforgettable. I recommend it wholeheartedly.   *I was given a copy of this book by the author/publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.

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