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Posted April 21, 2011
When Sparrows Fall is a captivating novel about a young widow and mother of six, Miranda Hanford, and the life changing events that result from her fall off a cliff. Miranda is a member of a very conservative religious congregation led by a controlling, self serving preacher, Mason Chandler. Following the death of Miranda's husband Carl, Mason declared his intention to move his congregation and his expectation for Miranda and her children to follow. Miranda clearly relayed to Mason her preference to remain behind, but Mason knows a secret that Miranda has kept hidden and threatens to expose her. Miranda seeks God's guidance through fasting. As she walked and photographed the cliffs near her home, she became faint and fell from the cliffs. Jack Hanford, Carl's half brother and college professor is notified that he is named guardian of Miranda's children. Jack is shocked by the news since he met his brother and Miranda only once. Once Jack arrives at Miranda's home, he is shocked by the lack of technology, absence of all fiction and the utilitarian dress code followed by the family. From this point in the book, the focus is on the relationship and tensions between Miranda and Jack. The struggle between attraction and fear grips both Miranda and Jack. Miranda fears her secret will result in the loss of her children should Mason decide to expose the truth. She believes Jack's presence will provoke Mason. Jack feels that Miranda is hiding something and seeks to find the truth. Eventually, Abigail Chandler confides to Miranda that Mason has been unfaithful with a younger woman in the congregation and that his motive for forcing Miranda to move is the tithe on her property. With this new information, Miranda takes a stand against Mason and frees herself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I really enjoyed this novel and was hooked from the beginning. My only criticism is that Mason Chandler seemed underdeveloped. He was worked up to be such a horrible person, but then he was so easily defeated. Otherwise, I thought the book was great!
This book was kindly given to me for review by Waterbrook publishing. This is my honest opinion of the book.
Posted April 19, 2011
Good read, intriguing story
Miranda is a widow with young kids. She lives in a rural area, home-schools her kids, and belongs to a very strict church. When Miranda finds out that her pastor has heard a :message from God" to move the entire church to another town, Miranda figures this is the perfect time to get out of the church that she is not happy being a part of. However, her pastor threatens to expose a secret of her past that could get Miranda in trouble and possibly even lose her kids.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When Miranda takes a serious fall, her brother-in-law Jack, whom she has met once, comes to stay with the kids and help out until Miranda is better. Jack was surprised to learn that he was recently named legal guardian of the kids if anything should happen to Miranda. As a college professor, Jack takes a leave of absence to come care for Miranda and her kids.
While Jack is staying with Miranda, he is very surprised at how Miranda is raising her children. For example, there is no fiction in the house. They also are not allowed to have a microwave, wear jeans, or eat anything with sugar. Jack is bent on helping the kids see the modern day world and not have them live in a bubble so much. However, Jack has some issues of his own.
When Sparrows Fall is a good book. The characters are believable and it was definitely a book I wanted to keep reading. I couldn't wait to find out the secrets and see how Miranda and Jack and the children would turn out in the end. It was not disappointing and everything comes together nicely.
Posted April 18, 2011
Freedom to Live
Miranda Hanford is not a free woman. Married at a young age to a controlling, legalistic man, she is now the widowed mother of six children. Although her husband is gone, Miranda is expected to submit to the authority of her pastor, Mason Chandler. But when Mason announces hearing "from the Lord" that all church members are to sell their property and move together to a new community, Miranda can't bring herself to go along with his plan. All she wants is to be left alone, but Mason terrifies her with threats of what will happen if she does not comply with his wishes. Then Miranda suffers a serious injury, and Jack, the brother of her late husband, is shocked to learn that he has been appointed guardian of Miranda's children until she is well again. Even though he's only met Miranda once before, Jack is willing to help. Helping with meal preparation and homeschooling the children is one thing, but helping Miranda escape her church situation is another, especially since she's too afraid to tell Jack the truth.. I applaud Meg Moseley for delving into the topic of spiritual and psychological abuse. When Sparrows Fall is a well-crafted work of fiction, but I'm afraid it does reflect reality for many well-meaning families today. Indeed, the book contains several thinly-veiled references to philosophies espoused by extremely conservative Christian leaders. If you've spent much time poking around the Christian homeschool blogosphere, you'll catch the allusions. I could say a lot more about this topic, but in the interest of keeping this book review a book review, I'll just say that I appreciate that Meg Moseley points out that there can be a dark side behind beautiful, old-fashioned dresses; perfectly-behaved children; and humongous, smiling, homeschooling, "quiverfull" families. The characters of Miranda and Jack are well-developed, the storyline is exciting and suspenseful, and the subject of spiritual authority is worthy of careful consideration. I enjoyed this book and recommend it. Disclosure: I received a free advance copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 13, 2011
Grabbed me from the start!
I had never heard of this author, but was intrigued by the bit of synopsis provided and so decided to read it. I devoured it! First book that has grabbed me like this in a long time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Miranda is a young widow with 6 children who lives a quiet life on land that has been in her husband's family for years. When her pastor announces that the entire church is selling their homes and moving to another state, Miranda sees it as a way out... a way for a fresh start. But then an accident occurs and her estranged brother-in-law comes to care for her and the children. Jack brings the outside world to Miranda's sheltered exsistence and threatens to unearth secrets she wants left buried.
The tension rises as Jack tries to revive what he sees as a dead existance for Miranda and her children... as Pastor Mason looms in the background like a dark cloud threatening to storm down his wrath and the law... as Miranda struggles with feelings she never thought she would have again and doesn't want to admit.
when sparrows fall is a wonderful tale of freedom... safety... and love.
I received a free copy of this book from Multnomah Books Blogging for Books program.
Posted April 13, 2011
Couldn't put it down!!
When Sparrows Fall is a new work of fiction due to release May 3, written by Meg Moseley and published by WaterBrook Multnomah. I received an uncorrected proof in order to review. This book was so interesting, I stayed up until 2:30 a.m. reading it. I just couldn't put it down. Gotta love books like that! :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Miranda Hanford has six children, homeschools, and has lived her adult life having men dictate what she can and cannot do. Her husband, Carl, passed away two years ago and her pastor, Mason Chandler, has decided it's time to uproot every church family and move to a different state. However, she doesn't want to leave her home. She loves her small town and wants to stay put but she's afraid of her past secrets, afraid her pastor will call the state (DFCS) and have her children removed from her care. That fear keeps her under his control. . . for a time.
Jack Hanford is Miranda's late husband's half-brother. He lives in a different state where he is a professor at a local college and has only met Miranda once before. However, due to a nasty fall and ensuing hospital stay, Miranda's oldest son, Timothy, calls Jack to come help take care of the kids. Jack is now their temporary guardian. The last he saw Miranda, she had 2 children. He wasn't expecting 6.
When Jack arrives at the house he is shocked to see how this family truly lives. The kids have no access to fiction books, the girls wear only dresses and don't cut their hair, they eat only wholesome, organic foods, and they have rarely ventured outside their home and land. Well, Jack throws a kink in their lives for sure. He exposes them to Frosted Flakes, Dr. Seuss, car washes, cell phones, and Walmart! HA!
When Miranda is finally able to come home, she has to learn to stand on her own two feet and face the world head on. Sure she has secrets in her past, but is it bad enough for her to have her kids taken away from her? You'll have to read it to find out. :)
I guess the reason I like this book so much is because I feel a connection with Miranda. I've lived what one might call a "sheltered" or "secluded" life at one time. My girls and I wore only dresses, skirts and coulottes. We homeschooled. We were different. However, my husband was never controlling as our clothing choices were recommended but not dictated. Through the years I helped him "see the light". haha We now wear jeans and carpris and even shorts on occasion. I will say that we try to be modest so no short shorts and no plunging necklines.
Meg Moseley did a good job portraying Miranda in this book and I recommend it!
I received this book for free from Multnomah Books in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received or expected.
Posted April 12, 2011
Characters and Story will Capture your Attention!
When Sparrows Fall is a blend of solemnity and humor that grabbed my attention from the first chapter. The mystery built throughout the first part of the book and was solved bit by bit until the end of the book. I loved the characters and that even though the children were extremely well behaved, there was still evidence that they were children. Like when the boys were throwing a ball in the house and broke a picture frame. Meg Moseley made connections between many of the characters which added depth to the story and supported why the characters bonded. The only unfavorable comment I have for this book is that the clues/hints were repeated a little too often. Maybe if I had taken longer to read the book they would have been helpful reminders, but since I finished the book in 2 days, I found it too repetitive. Overall this is an excellent book from a debut author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2011
I enjoyed reading this book. The story is engaging as Miranda (Randi) a mother of six struggles to cope with raising six children as a widow, her overbearing Pastor and the involvement of her brother in law that she doesn't know. I love how she sticks to her principles for the things she feels strongly about, as well as allowing some latitude on the things she's used to doing but are not written in stone. The author does a great job of describing each of the children as well as giving a great foundation for where the main character is in life. The title of the book confused me. I'm not sure how it fit with the subject of the book. There were a few references to sparrows, but I didn't sense an underlying connection. It could have had something to do with a tragedy that occurred but that's as close as I can get. What a liked most about this book is the way the author brought the whole story together. Throughout she alluded to deeper secrets but didn't give them away until towards the end. This kept me engaged and curious to know what happened. There was a Christian theme throughout the book, although in the beginning it leaned towards the fanatical and evened out towards the end. Overall, a nice, easy read. I would recommend for anyone who has experienced children, tragedies and life in general! Love and Blessings! MargaretWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 9, 2011
Freedom and Happiness are not always easy to find...
What a great book! I give this book an 8 out of 10. This book is a classic Christian romance novel, exactly what I like to read. I was not disappointed with this one; instead it was one of those I could not put down. I found myself reading every chance I could get.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When Sparrows Fall begins by introducing the reader to a widowed woman, Miranda, who attends a close-knit church within the town. The pastor tells everyone he plans to move the entire church and its members to another state. Miranda does not want to move from her home and uproot her children. She sees this as an opportunity to separate herself and her children from the church and from the very controlling pastor. But he threatens to real secrets in Miranda's past that could hurt her and her children.
The book takes a twist when Miranda takes a serious fall and ends up in the hospital. Jack Hanford, a college professor, is surprised to find he has been named guardian over Miranda's children while she recovers. Jack quickly notices something is a little off with the way Miranda teaches and raises her children. He insists on bringing some much needed change into the house challenging the conservative lifestyle the kids live.
As Jack tries to make sense of Miranda and the family, Miranda is uneasy and defensive as the pastor's pressure to move increases. The two must learn to trust each other and God to overcome obstacles and find freedom and happiness.
I recommend this book in a heartbeat and it is one I would defiantly read again. Although depending our church and/or homeschooling beliefs it may strike a nerve with some folks. Meg Moseley does a great job keeping the reader wondering how the book will go without having too many twists. It is a very serious/sad book but you find Jack's changes for the children lightening your spirits. You find yourself rooting for Miranda and her family wanting it to all work out and for them to find love and happiness, but knowing that's not exactly how life works out sometimes.
**I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I would like to thank Meg Moseley and Waterbrook Multnomah for this opportunity**
Posted April 7, 2011
I could not put this book down! It is about a Mom of six who has some...things...in her past that she fears getting out. Through a turn of events, we travel with this Mom through untraveled waters as she gains courage and strength from the Lord. I read this one in about a days time. The author, Meg Moseley, does a fabulous job of keeping the suspense up throughout the book. Some novels, you figure out the plot after the first chapter and read just to fill in details. This is not one of those books. I didn't see a lot of the events coming at all! There were a few, of course, but overall, I think you should take the time to read this one!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2011
God loves all his sparrows
When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley is about a young widow of six young children named Miranda. Her pastor wants to move their entire congregation out of state and Miranda doesn't want to go. She hopes her pastor will leave her behind, but he threatens to publicize secrets about her family if she doesn't comply. When Miranda takes a tumble off the cliffs near her home, her estranged brother-in-law Jack comes to help with the kids while she recovers. Jack introduced Miranda's family to things unheard of for them - things like fiction books, Frosted Flakes, girls wearing pants. Miranda begins to question the religion her late husband and pastor has ingrained into her and starts to wonder how she can truly escape her pastor's control. This story is absolutely adorable. The characters are very well developed, believable and likable. It's a story that shows that you can decide what you believe for yourself without anyone telling you what to do. It's a story about a mother trying to raise her six children by herself. It's a story about overcoming control from others. It's a story about family and love. It's a story with hidden secrets. It's a story about God's love for all of his fallen sparrows. I loved this book. It was fun, intelligent, shocking, suspenseful and very much an enjoyable read. *I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review*Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 6, 2011
I just finished reading "When Sparrows Fall" by Meg Moseley. This book is about a mother, Miranda Handord, whose husband died two years earlier and is now raising and home schooling six children by guidelines that she doesn't fully believe in. After Miranda takes a serious dive off of a cliff her brother-in-law, Jack Hanford, comes to take temporary custody of the children until Miranda recovers. Jack knows not a thing about the family, having only met them once before his brother had died. Jack realizes that the church that Miranda and her children attend is very restrictive and dictated by their pastor Mason Chandler. The strict ideals of what the family should and shouldn't wear, eat, and the rules that they should adhere to aren't something that Jack is accustomed to and seeks to change their ways of life and break Miranda and the children free from Mason Chandler's reign.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book was wonderful. It had a sense of mystery the whole way through the book where you knew some of the story behind each of the characters but were surprised to learn deeper seeded truths about each. The book was wonderfully written and was one that I didn't want to put down. It allowed me to see a little more into the difficulties that the women and children face when in a cult-like church and how hard it would be to get out of a situation like that. I absolutely loved this book and will look forward to reading any future books that Meg Moseley authors. I received a free copy of this book for an honest review through Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers.
Posted April 4, 2011
It was OK
I am thinking I shouldn't have chosen this book. It really wasn't my kind of book to begin with. However, I was intrigued.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story is about a young widowed mother of 6 children. She is a member of a fundamental Christian church. She feels trapped in the church and can't figure out how to leave. When she gets hurt unexpectedly, her brother in law comes to the rescue. He tries to help her stay true to her beliefs but leave her church behind.
It did not start out well. About 20 pages in I wanted to quit and give up. I kept going and sure enough it was just a slow start. But, it was a rough ride for me. It felt like she hinted at secrets but wouldn't give them to you. It was frustrating after a while instead of intriguing. It felt like she was trying for false suspense or something. It all ended neatly, though. I am not sure if I would recommend the book, but it was worth reading. This book will be available May 2011.
Posted April 4, 2011
When Sparrows Fall
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? When Sparrows Fall is a very entertaining read. It's message is uplifting and it is filled with characters that speak to the heart, make you smile, and sometimes make you so angry and frustrated you almost can't bear to read any further. Of course you have to because you must find out what happens to this injured family and the man trying to save both them and himself. Miranda loves her six children and her property in a small Georgia town. Her husband has been dead for two years, and she is still managing her household, homeschooling and living within the confines of a restrictive lifestyle as advocated by her dead husband and her pastor. She is thrilled to hear that her pastor will be moving on to a new town until she finds that he expects everyone, including her, to sell their properties, leave their lives, and follow him. The writing is clean and flowing, with some sophistication; it certainly never gets in the way of the story. The characters are well developed with a lot of depth. Miranda has been cowed, but she is neither weak nor stupid. Her children have distinct personalities. Jack sees himself as a protector but realizes that in his zeal he isn't always right, even if his motives are good. It's a pleasant page-turner. When Jack arrives at the rural home, he finds six children that are being home schooled, the girls in old fashioned dresses and long braids, and although the home has modern conveniences like electricity for lights and the refrigerator, there is no microwave, TV, stereo, computer and worst of all for Jack no coffee-maker OR coffee. He finds that the mother, Miranda, and her late husband Carl were involved in a small cult-like church, that preached truly old-fashioned values and that women were to be meek, quiet, and do what their husbands told them to do. In cases where there isn't a husband, they are to do what the pastor told the women to do. At this point the pastor is telling ALL the families of his church that he has been called to have all the church families sell their land and move to another town. Funny thing though, none of the involved families felt this same calling to sell up and move to another state. MiraWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 3, 2011
Miranda is widow who lives in a rural Georgia Town with her six children. She is hurt in an accident and her brother-in-law is asked to come and help with the children as she recovers. Jack has not spent much time with the family and it is quiet an adjustment for him. Jack helps her family to get back on track and helps her to realize that she can stand up for herself against her pastor who does not have the family's best interest at heart. This book is a great read and one that you will not want to put down till you finish "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review"Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 3, 2011
A delightful debut!
This is a charming book and an excellent debut for Meg Moseley. I was hard pressed to put it down. Miranda Hanford is a widow of six small children, burdened by their father's shadow as well as the oppressive thumb of her pastor, Mason Chandler. As Mason plots to transplant their small church to another state unexpectedly, Miranda sees her chance to take a stand, but unfortunately loses her footing (literally) before she can do so. After her accident, Miranda's estranged brother-in-law, Jack, is called as a temporary guardian. His culture and sensibilities clash with that of the Hanford clan, but as the story unfolds, we see the eight of them grow closer and band together against Mason's controlling influence.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Posted April 1, 2011
Keeps You in its Grip!
My chains are gone, I've been set free! My God, my Savior has ransomed me! That's the first thought that entered my mind when I finished this book. The author weaves a convincing plot while showing us the life of Miranda, a woman bound by man-made chains. These "chains" are placed on her by her husband first, and then continued by her pastor. I felt deep sorrow and pain for her while at the same time appreciating the choices she made in such difficult circumstances. She loves her children deeply and seeks to protect them at all costs. I was challenged in my own life by her unwavering faith in God, and the trust she had that He alone would set her free. Jack's character is very down to earth and realistic. He has an honest desire to help Miranda and her children, and to show them what life could be like without those "chains". I love the fact that he embraces the children unconditionally, even though he has a rough start in their life. He's full of humor and discovers he has an amazing capacity to love. His faith is a little less grounded but that only makes for more reality to me. Ms. Moseley uses such descriptive language I had no trouble envisioning the characters or places in the book. I could see Jack ruffling his hair in his frustration, Miranda huddled in her cuddle-quilt, the children blowing bubbles and their laughter ringing out. I could even smell the campfire! There are many wonderful characters in this story and you will find yourself routing for more than just Miranda. If you are looking for a contemporary story that will draw you in and keep you fastened to the pages for the duration, then I highly recommend When Sparrows Fall. I received this advanced reader copy from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest opinion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 30, 2011
When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley
This book gives me the strength of depth, poignancy, and humor. This book can be very serious at times, but it can also strike a nerve depending on how you take church and your upbringing. This book will give you a great surprise at the end and will make you not want to put it down from begininning until the end.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 30, 2011
Worth Reading....Awesome book!!
I really enjoyed reading When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley. It was interesting to see how Miranda, a widower and mother of six, dealt with the life she was left after her husband died. Her religious convictions and the teachings of her pastor contradicted each other at times and seeing how that played out in her life and what she did kept you intrigued to see what she would do next and IF she would rock the boat, so to speak.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As each scenario plays out in the book, it keeps you reading to see what will happen next and who will come into this family's life to help them out.
This is an excellent book and is definitely worth reading!!
I was given this book free of charge for this review from WaterBrook Multnomah Books.
Posted March 29, 2011
"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."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Where do I start? Hmm...let's start this time with the star rating, 5 Stars!!!
From the very beginning, Miranda and her "church" have an intriguing mystery to them. There are many unanswered questions that beg for answers, and the author does not disappoint us!
When we first learn of Miranda and Jack's relationship, you are left wondering what ever could have happened to this family to get them to the point they are at. Jack is a college professor with a phd, and Miranda is a homeschooling "closet mom" who seems to be afraid of everything. When their two worlds collide, it could mean total devastation to those around them...but love steps in and somehow you find yourself rooting for those involved.
Mason and his wife are another mystery. According to "Pastor Mason", God has told him to move his flock to another state. Hmm...is it really God's voice he is hearing? And what secrets does Mason's wife hold?
This book will leave you on the edge of your seat wanting more! Please be sure to warn your family that you are starting to read this book...they may need to cook their own meals and do their own laundry until you get it finished! :) Happy Reading!!!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group and was not required to post a positive review.
Posted March 28, 2011
Inspirational & Courageous MUST READ
Meg Moseley told an inspirational tale of a single mom's role in her very secluded society/church in her book 'When Sparrows Fall'. The lead character Miranda Hanford shows the strength of a widow learning how to have faith and freedom at the same time. It's a beautiful story portraying the power of love.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.