Book Review: When Sparrows Fall by Meg Mosely

Posted 2 May, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

About the Book:
Freedom. Safety. Love. Miranda vows to reclaim them–for herself, and for her children.

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?

About the Author:

Although I’ve lived more than half my life in other states, I grew up in California and am still a California girl at heart. I love vintage bungalows, twisted oaks on rolling hills, and the rocky beaches of the Central Coast. A few blocks away from my childhood home stood a Lutheran church where I came to faith, first through Sunday School teachers whose kindness drew me to the kindness of God, and then through confirmation classes. The Bible verses that had been drilled into my head came to life in my heart.

After moving away from home as a teenager, I worked at a variety of jobs, from candle-maker in a tourist town to administrative assistant at a Christian college. I married a wonderful man from Michigan, and we lived north of Detroit for seventeen years. That’s where we started homeschooling our three children, a journey that we finished in Georgia when our youngest
graduated from high school in 2009.

My husband and I live near Atlanta, close to the foothills of the Southern Appalachians. His motorcycle often carries us to the mountains of Georgia, Tennessee, or the Carolinas. Sitting on the back of the bike, I can pray, enjoy the beautiful views, and plot new stories. Fiction makes my world go ’round, whether I’m writing it or reading it.

My Review:
I am SO pleased to have had the opportunity to have been introduced to Meg Mosely and her new book. She is truly a fascinating and talented author. I loved her characters flaws, I love her Godly messages, and I loved her writing style. She is a unique, new author and one that I am going to recommend to all my reader friends! 
Reading how conservative Miranda’s church was, reminded me alot of the church I used to go to. There was no TV allowed , things were VERY strict. That’s a lot like the church I used to go to… it was quite a not-so-good experience, so I could really feel a connection with Miranda. To live like that is, well, living like you would in a cult. Brainwashing. Controlling. Quite an uncomfortable life when you look back on it. Like Miranda, I could feel her unease with Mason being the controller of his flock. I could feel her unhappiness right down to the nitty gritty. It was like looking into the mirror and seeing myself. 
But, when Miranda becomes hospitalized and her brother-in-law Jack steps up to the plate. Mason is moving is congregation and with Jack’s help, Miranda stays behind and is coming to terms with her new faith. Her faith of seeing the real world and trusting in God in a whole new light. Together, Jack and Miranda find a common ground amongst Miranda’s 6 children, and they learn the mysteries that make this book a fantastic read!

Definitely a 5 star novel that I recommend to everyone! This is a thrilling, compelling, God filled look at more than one side of Christianity. Walking in a faith that is true to God is a message that stands out strong for me and I can’t wait for another novel like this one by this great new author! 

*This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah’s BloggingForBooks*

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