Wings Like a Dove

Wings Like a Dove

by Camille Eide


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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946531742
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2019
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 618,723
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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Wings Like a Dove 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
E_Espinoza 3 months ago
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.
ARS8 5 months ago
Wings Like a Dove takes place in the 1930's and is a story of second chances after mistakes have been made and repercussions are hard to live with. Anna, a Jew from Poland, already is having a hard life. Being an immigrant and helping to put food on the table with her mother and younger siblings in the busy city of New York would stress anyone out. Also waiting and wondering where her missing father is has also added to the family stress. Then one fateful night she lets her guard down and unexpected consequences have Anna leaving home in search of her father for many reasons including a sense of belonging. On her difficult journey she ends up in Indiana and is taken in by six orphan boys and their caretaker. Unfortunately the little town is anything but peaceful as it is run by fear and prejudice running rampant. The author tackles the drama of the day when so many men, women, and children were mistreated. From selling babies to the highest bidder to prejudice and blind fear of anybody who was not like you. This was a poignant story of mistakes made and journeys to true and abiding love even when the world is against you. This was my first read by author Eide and it will certainly not be the last. This is one of those stories that stick with you and actually make you take a second look at the world around you. I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Deanne-Patterson 5 months ago
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.
Ourpugs 5 months ago
Wings like a Dove In Wings like a Dove Anna makes a mistake one night and has to leave her family because of it. When she leaves she find a house of orphan boys. She becomes their teacher. She then meets their caretaker Thomas. Will she fall for him? I felt bad for Anna. She was Jewish and there was a lot of people that was against her because of it. I loved her friend Sarah, she risked a lot to be friends with Anna. This book doesn’t take very long to read even though it has 285 pages. It is a book that is hard to put down. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. This book review is my own opinion.
LucyMR1 5 months ago
Wow! The old saying, how do you eat an 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.
amybooksy 6 months ago
Camille Eide has written a beautiful tale with Wings Like a Dove. This is the first book I have read by her and it will definitely not be the last. This story covers a little bit of different part of American history than what I have read in the past. Which I found fascinating. The historical details made me feel as though I was right there in the moment. My heart ached for Anna and what she had to go through. She was treated terribly but she continued to bravely live and keep having faith. I admired her courage. Thomas was another character that I absolutely adored. Wings Like a Dove is getting a well deserved five plus stars from me. I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy an intriguing and inspiring historical. I look forward to reading more by Camille Eide in the future. I would love to know what other stories she has written. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
MelissaF 6 months ago
I really liked this book. I believe this is the first book I have read by Camille but it won’t be my last. I was really surprised by the prejudice that existed towards the Jews in the U.S. I guess I always just assumed that was in Germany, but not apparently that wasn’t the case. The author did a great job building tension and questions throughout the book. I really didn’t want to put this one down so I could see what would happen next. The boys in this book will wiggle their way into your heart as well, especially Sam, what a sweet heart. A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.
swissgranny 6 months ago
“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?” Camille Eide’s poignant and heart-wrenching story, Wings Like a Dove, swept me away and kept me riveted to the end. Set in 1933 when times were especially hard economically throughout America, this tale brought out not only the problems of poverty, but also those of racism and intolerance. Masterfully written and populated with colorful, layered characters, this is a story I won’t soon forget. Its rich imagery and impeccable historical detail, combined with tender messages of forgiveness, grace, and mercy touched my heart. “Will we 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. Everyone has the power to give it.” The main characters, Thomas Chandler and Anna Leibowicz, endured much in their pasts, yet come together to try to help 6 orphaned boys. I loved Thomas’s kind, compassionate heart and Anna’s willingness to help others who were suffering, even though she had problems of her own. Samuel, one of the orphaned boys, was one of my favorite characters. He had wisdom beyond his years and had been traumatized over and over, yet his resiliency touched my heart. Anna’s friend Sarah was another favorite. Her courage and strength were inspiring. We all need a friend like Sarah in our lives. This quote has a wonderful message for everyone. “I think people dislike those they do not know because they cannot see the good in others. What if we choose instead to be blind to people’s flaws and shortcomings, and the differences we do not understand?” I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys excellent historical fiction. It has earned a place on my list of top reads of the year. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
Mar-J 6 months ago
“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 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.
Stephanie Young 6 months ago
“I think any story that makes blind assumptions or blanket accusations about an entire group of people could not possibly be true.” - that’s just one quote from this wonderful new novel by Camille Eide, out just in time for Christmas. The characters are so real and raw, and I felt myself experiencing with Anna her dread, shame, confusion as she is thrown into turmoil and her whole world turned upside down by her circumstances. I felt and watched her learning and discovering her courage, growing in strength and awe. Such a powerful story for a time such as this. One more quote to chew on- “I do not know the extent of evil or where it lurks, but I think wherever apathy, superiority, or injustice rule, evil is not far.” I highly recommend everyone to read Wings like a Dove by Camille Eide!
TheBeccaFiles 6 months ago
Wings Like a Dove was my first read by Camille Eide but I'm sure it won't be my last! I was instantly transported back to 1933 and into the heart and mind of Anna Leibowicz.  Her life was no easy road and each hurdle that came her way only made me cling to hope for her even more. She was an easy character for me to have empathy for. She wanted a loving family and a place to belong so desperately yet she needed to learn to forgive and love herself first before she could accept the same in return from others. It was a powerful journey to healing that I'm glad I went along for the ride for. One of the most memorable relationships for me in this novel was the friendship of Anna and the little colored orphan boy Samuel. Especially since I read a lot of WWII fiction, I've read numerous books where people faced persecution for being Jewish. I've also read many where people were targeted for their skin color. It was a unique perspective to see two people under the same roof fighting the same oppression for different reasons. Yet was seemed to tighten the bond between Anna and Samuel, also seemed to create a divide between them and others. This was such a powerful element to the story. As for Thomas? Oh, Thomas. Gotta love a good hero. There were some places were he almost seemed "too perfect" because of how he handled everything, but at the same point he did have his own pain and emotions that he wrestled with. Even when it was hard, he put others before himself and cared more about their well-being than his own. He was amazing. This was such a good story on so many levels and I'm glad I picked it up for the read. I know I'll be looking for more from the author in the future. I highly recommend to historical fiction fans. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
SarahSundin 7 months ago
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!
Tessaboo 7 months ago
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.
theskett 7 months ago
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.
A1Reads 7 months ago
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.