Book Review: “Playing By Heart” by Anne Mateer

November 20, 2014 at 2:04 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Anne Mateer in her new book, “Playing By Heart book coverPlaying By Heart” published by Bethany House  brings us into the life of Lula Bowman.

From the back cover:  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.

Basketball, Mathematics and Piano Music teaching, what a combination. How do you make such sever adjustments in your life? This is not what Lula signed up for she had a scholarship and a teaching position. Now all she can get is a basketball coach assignment, and she knows nothing about basketball, and music instructor. She needs help and turns to Chet. And that is how it begins. It is simply amazing how Lula and Chet interact all through the book as their relationship begins to grow. It is also great fun to watch how Lula slips into her new roles and begins to shine in them. I liked the characters and I liked the book, what more can you ask?

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers.   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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