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Wings Like a Dove

4.90  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  53 reviews
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
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Published December 1st 2019 by Ashberry Lane
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Deanne Patterson
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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
Sarah Sundin
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ruth Hill
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Fiction Aficionado
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
Paula Shreckhise
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
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rebecca Geary
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, celebrate-lit
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 ...more
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
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,
Donna C
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.

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Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it

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
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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."
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Chris Unwin
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Deana Dick
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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 couldn’t
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: celebrate-lit
My Thoughts on Wings Like A Dove:

This book. I had a bit of trouble actually getting into it. I had to read several chapters before I felt like I had gotten into a rhythm with reading. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the story, because I did! This is one of my favorite time periods and I love the complexity of the storyline.

I felt so much love and hurt for Anna. Her life has been anything but easy. While we here in our house are celebrating Hanukkah with lots of potatoes and lard and meat, she had
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Beckie Burnham
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I learned that Camille Eide had a new book coming out, I knew I would have to read it. I read The Memoir of Johnny Devine, and loved it! It was a book that I kept thinking about long after it was finished. Well, I now have another book to ponder and to recommend to anyone who will listen. Wings Like A Dove is an historical/romance novel set in the 1930s. Eide captures the era perfectly with its hoboes on the move, tough economic times, and the persistent bigotry and suspicion that met ...more
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Camille writes poignant stories full of love, grace, and redemption. Some call her stories "more than a romance." Her novels include The Memoir of Johnny Devine, which was awarded Romantic Times' Best Inspirational Romance, Seal of Excellence, and Oregon Christian Writers' Historical Fiction award.