by Camille Eide
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…
Camille writes poignant, inspirational love stories some call “more than a romance.” She lives in Oregon with her husband and is a mom, grandma, office admin, lead foot, cinnamon roll baker, and a bass guitarist. She’s a fan of muscle cars, tender romance, and Peanut M&Ms.
Praise for Wings Like a Dove
“Eide delivers a powerful tale of a Jewish immigrant dealing with prejudice. Anna’s nuanced inner life and the stakes of her trip make this stand out from similar inspirational fare. [A] harrowing, enthralling tale.”
~ Publisher’s Weekly
“When worlds and cultures collide, friction and conflict are the result…but redemption is also the solution. Camille Eide has written a breathtaking novel of historical fiction that feels like fact in Wings Like a Dove. I can think of no greater compliment than I would love to see this story transformed into a feature film. Run, don’t walk to get this book in your hands.”
~ Brian Bird, co-creator and executive producer of When Calls the Heart
“Camille Eide has done it again with Wings Like a Dove! Her captivating characters and riveting plot kept me turning the pages as fast as I could. This Depression-era story takes us from New York City to rural Indiana, on a multi-faceted struggle against shame, injustice, and fear. Just when it seems that bane of prejudice will prevail, Camille works her story-telling magic and raises the stakes even higher for a group of disenfranchised children and adults, who are threatened with losing everything.”
~ Leslie Gould, #1 Best Selling and Christy Award Winning Author of over 30 novels
“With her previous novels, Camille Eide proved herself a talented storyteller. With her newest book, Wings Like A Dove, she once again offers a story that skillfully engages both mind and heart. Set during the Great Depression, it’s the story of a Polish Jewish immigrant named Anna. Unwed and pregnant, turned out by her mother, she leaves New York for Chicago in search of her missing father. On her journey, she meets six orphan boys, a young former pastor who acts as their guardian, two Catholic sisters, a lonely farm wife and a contingent of Ku Klux Klansmen…all of whom change her life. For lovers of historical fiction, this book is an absolute delight!”
~ Ann Tatlock, novelist, blogger and children’s book author
“Rich historical details and three-dimensional characters populate Camille Eide’s masterful novel, Wings Like a Dove. Eide’s beautiful writing draws the reader into Anna Leibowicz’s world in 1933, while surreptitiously holding a mirror to the present. One of those wonderful stories that gives you all the feels–including that satisfying moment at the end when you read the last page and know the time spent between the covers of the book was very well spent.”
~ Cindy Kelley, Author & Screenwriter
“Once again in Wings Like a Dove, Camille Eide takes her readers to places we didn’t know we needed to go. She invites us to consider who is the outsider, who responds to discrimination, and who will be carried on wings like a dove. Anna, Thomas, a cadre of children, and an important search for forgiveness marks this compelling story peopled with characters we love. I will take many phrases to encourage my days from this story, the most significant for me being ‘Shame is a terrible thief,’ and so it is. Enjoy this story of love lost and found!”
~ Jane Kirkpatrick, New York Times Bestselling author of One More River to Cross.
“Camille Eide’s latest novel transports readers back to 1930s America when racial tensions were high and those who showed compassion were persecuted. With Camille’s signature style of boldness and grace, Wings Like a Dove is an authentic glimpse at the trials and triumph of one immigrant family determined to succeed against the odds. It’s a courageous, difficult journey with a beautiful ending that breathes hope into breaking cycles of abuse today.”
~ Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Catching the Wind and Memories of Glass
“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 a Christian putting his faith in action. With a poignant romance, the story satisfies on every level. Camille Eide has penned another memorable novel. Don’t miss it!”
~ Sarah Sundin, bestselling and award-winning author of The Sea Before Us and The Sky Above Us
“Wings Like a Dove by Camille Eide is a gripping, unforgettable novel. Eide writes the kind of story we shouldn’t forget, challenging readers about how judging others can lead to racism and how unforgiveness — both of ourselves and others — can destroy our ability to love, to heal. Woven with threads of tenderness and grace, Eide encourages us to think about the choices that mark history…and the choices that are affecting us today.”
~ Beth K. Vogt, Christy Award-winning author of Moments We Forget and Things I Never Told You
“Wings Like a Dove is a beautiful, powerful story. Camille Eide takes you on a journey with Anna that is gut-wrenching and real, and you’ll find that you can’t tear yourself away. Unafraid to tackle difficult issues, Eide does a brilliant job bringing the characters to life and makes you think long and hard each and every step of the way.”
~ Kimberley Woodhouse, Carol Award-Winning and Best-selling Author
“Author Camille Eide has a gift for taking the darkest moments of our history and turning them into stories of enduring strength. In Wings Like a Dove, she’s created unforgettable characters who exhibit grace and courage, even while facing intense prejudice. After reading this beautiful novel, I’m inspired to look around myself and see how little the world has changed—and do my part to make it better. Don’t miss this one.”
~ Karen Barnett, author of the Vintage National Parks series