Playing by Heart

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"Mateer's turn-of-the-century story is full of characters who will touch your heart."--RT Book Reviews

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.

The Author

  1. Anne Mateer
    Photo by: Ginger Murray

    Anne Mateer

    Anne Mateer is a three-time Genesis Contest finalist who has long had a passion for history and historical fiction. She and her husband live near Dallas, Texas, and are the parents of three young adults.Visit for more information.

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Filled with warmth and faith, this tale of perseverance and grace serves as a reminder of a more innocent time where, despite life's difficulties, strength was derived from the joys (and amusements) found in a small, close-knit community.

Publishers Weekly

Mateer's latest is a sweet, quick read . . . by the end, you may find yourselves rooting for Lula and her team of girls.

RT Book Reviews