Sunday, May 22, 2011

When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley

Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis: Miranda Hanford is a widowed mother of six children, living under the strict guidance of her pastor, Mason Chandler. For several years, Miranda has felt trapped by the teachings and lifestyle practices enforced by Mason.  When Mason announces a plan to move his flock to another state, Miranda questions his plans and his authority. Sensing the obstacle that Miranda poses to his carefully laid plans, Mason threatens to unearth past secrets that could destroy Miranda's family.

An unfortunate accident and subsequent recovery leaves Miranda unable to care for her children.  The arrival of Miranda's estranged bother-in-law, Jack Hanford, is both a help and a complication.  As a comparably worldly college professor, Jack questions the family's ultra-conservative lifestyle.  His presence makes waves in Miranda's home and with Mason, but he also opens the doors to truth and freedom.  Can Miranda's body, mind, and soul heal in time to break free of the shackles that have bound her so tightly?

Review: When Sparrows Fall is a story of fear and loss, secrets, freedom, love, and faith.  Moseley tackles the heavy subject of cult-like religious practices with gracefulness and splashes of humor.  While the novel conveys the unyielding framework and psychological shackles of religious extremists, it remains enjoyably introspective and engaging.  Moseley introduces well-crafted characters, including a cast of charming children, whose antics lighten the mood. The message of When Sparrows Fall is uplifting and thought-provoking and will be a wonderful novel for reading groups as well as individuals.  I highly recommend When Sparrows Fall and look forward to other books by Meg Moseley.

When Sparrows Fall is available for purchase at the following locations:
Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Multnomah/ WaterBrook Press through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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