Wednesday, June 8, 2011

When Sparrows Fall

Synopsis: "A widow and mother of six, Miranda Hanford leads a quiet, private life. When the pastor of her close-knit church announces his plans to move the entire congregation to another state, Miranda jumps at the opportunity to dissolve ties with Mason Chandler and his controlling method of ruling his flock. But then Mason threatens to unearth secrets from her past, and Miranda feels trapped, terrified she’ll be unable to protect her children.

College professor Jack Hanford is more than surprised when he gets a call from his estranged sister-in-law’s oldest son, Timothy, informing him that Miranda has taken a serious fall and he has been named legal guardian of her children while she recovers. Quickly charmed by Miranda’s children, Jack brings some much-needed life into the sheltered household. But his constant challenging of the family’s conservative lifestyle makes the recovering mother uneasy and defensive—despite Jack’s unnerving appeal.

As Jack tries to make sense of the mysterious Miranda and the secrets she holds so tightly, Mason’s pressure on her increases. With her emotions stirring and freedom calling, can Miranda find a way to unshackle her family without losing everything?"

Lately I have been enjoying Christian fiction less and less. However, "When Sparrows Fall," was a well-written and entertaining read. The characters were realistic, not cookie-cuttered like so much of Christian fiction. The plot kept my attention. I enjoyed the references to home schooling, since I was home schooled, and there was not a bunch of cliched theological references. I would definitely recommend this book.

This book was given to me free for review by Waterbrook Multnomah publishers through the Blogging for Books program.

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