Please join me in welcoming Camille Eide to the blog to share about her latest historical romance, Wings Like a Dove! Her book The Memoir of Johnny Devine is one of my fave reads of the decade – so if you haven’t read her books yet I really insist that you do 😉
WINGS LIKE A DOVE
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2019
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. 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 and a cook, 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 begin treating her with the same disdain they give the Sisters of Mercy–the nuns who try to 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 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…
spotlight on our hero
by Camille Eide, author of Wings Like a Dove
Thomas Chandler is 28 with a sturdy build, brown hair, hazel eyes, mustache, and an occasional dimple when he smiles, which happens more frequently since meeting Anna. Thomas is a carpenter and headmaster of a boys’ trade school. He’s also a former Baptist minister. He spends Sunday mornings walking in the woods, talking to the Lord.
Thomas’s greatest struggle: The loss of his minister’s credentials due to the actions of another, and some lingering self-doubt. Also, he is pressured by members of his small town to join their secret brotherhood and cleanse what they consider unwanted elements infiltrating their community. Thomas wants no part of their agenda. He also struggles to make ends meet for the boys in his care. In addition to county welfare, they depend on the charity of 2 local nuns for food and supplies.
Thomas was orphaned at age 10. After suffering the atrocities of orphanage life, he ran away at 12. He got mixed up with rum runners until he barely missed a bullet. At 15, he was taken in by Gabriel Johansen, a kind old Christian who taught him about carpentry and God. He attended seminary, married, and served in ministry, but after the Great Crash, Thomas learned that his desire to help the poor was not shared by his wife. Divorced, defrocked, and alone, Thomas inherited Gabriel’s farm and woodworks business, and turned it into a home and trade school for orphaned boys.
(Note: the letter below is really just musing from Thomas to his late mentor. For those who have read the book, it’s a little bonus glimpse into Thomas’s heart while he was away in Illinois.)
I wish you were here. I miss your accent and the deep, soothing rumble of your voice. The way your eyes always crinkled with a ready smile. How a pat on the shoulder from you was all it ever took to steady me, bolster my confidence. I miss your godly wisdom and the way you took everything to the Lord in prayer, big or small. And I really miss the way you modeled fatherhood—I could sure use your help now.
I wish I could ask your advice, but then I don’t suppose you’ve ever been turned inside out by a woman who consumes your thoughts day and night.
After my mother died, and my wife deserted me, I decided hope and love are for dreamers and fools. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, I turned my focus outward. I’ve done what I believe you would have me do—dedicate my life to helping a handful of boys who otherwise don’t stand a chance. But just between you and me, these boys have helped me far more than I’ve helped them.
Things were going just fine—until the little scoundrels shared a meal with a lovely hobo down by the creek. A hobo who can enter the room and scatter my wits like confetti. Whose smile makes my heart soar, whose laugh binds the wounds in me. Whose nearness awakens me. Whose touch—
Heaven help me. Even a hundred miles away, I’m in agony at the memory of her touch.
Gabriel, did you ever find the other half of you that you didn’t even know was missing, the warm, feisty, tender part of your heart that you can’t live without? Have you ever been robbed of sleep and appetite, prayed like mad that she could, by some miracle, find it in her heart to stay even though you know she longs to be elsewhere? Have you ever prayed so hard your sweat and tears mingle until you can’t tell them apart?
Have you ever known a woman you can’t live without, and yet you must? Have you ever suffered in such a way?
The job is nearly done and then I’ll return home. How I wish you were here so you could tell me how in heaven’s name I’m ever going to master being near the woman I love knowing I can’t have her.
Camille Eide is the award-winning author of “more than a romance” inspirational fiction including The Memoir of Johnny Devine. Camille lives in the foothills of the Oregon Cascades with her husband and is blessed with three adult kids, five grandkids, and enjoys the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She also loves the liberating truth, grace, and wisdom of God’s word, and hopes that her stories will stir your heart, encourage your faith, and cheer you on your journey.
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What about you? Aren’t you eager to meet Thomas after that character spotlight and beautiful letter?? What interests you most about Wings Like a Dove by Camille Eide?