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Against the European upheaval of the Napoleonic wars, a young timid lady becomes entangled in a web of intrigue. Forced to betray her own country or watch her brother die, Dominique Dawson, arrives at the London home of Admiral Randal as a governess for his son, but her real purpose is to steal valuable Admiralty documents for the French. She soon discovers, however, that she faces more enemies besides her own fear. Will Dominique find the strength she needs in God to risk the gallows and save her brother? But ...
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Against the European upheaval of the Napoleonic wars, a young timid lady becomes entangled in a web of intrigue. Forced to betray her own country or watch her brother die, Dominique Dawson, arrives at the London home of Admiral Randal as a governess for his son, but her real purpose is to steal valuable Admiralty documents for the French. She soon discovers, however, that she faces more enemies besides her own fear. Will Dominique find the strength she needs in God to risk the gallows and save her brother? But will it be enough to betray the man she has come to love?
Admiral Chase Randal no longer believes in God. After the death of his wife, he threw himself into a career at sea and spends most of his time away from home sailing a fleet of HMS warships. Much to his dismay, he suddenly finds himself landlocked in London, forced to temporarily fill a position on the Admiralty Board left vacant by an ailing member. Bitter and angry, he longs for the day he can return to sea and escape the memories of his wife. When the new governess arrives, Chase finds her too weak and nervous to mentor his son, but soon discovers that her sweet nature and strong faith fill his home with a love and joy he has not felt for years. Though he must battle his sister's constant disapproval, a would-be-lover's jealous flare ups and his best friends infatuation with Dominique, his biggest fight is with his growing affections for the lady. But what will this staunch British Admiral do when he discovers Dominique is a French Spy?
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Editorial Reviews

Road To Romance - Maisha Walker
THE FALCON AND THE SPARROW by M. L. Tyndall was a book full of nail biting wonders and hopes. Knowing M. L. Tyndall’s work, I would not be disappointed as she keeps the reader engrossed and into each character, storyline and plot. Now all we need is for Mrs. Tyndall to write just a little bit faster! I’m ready for my next book!
TitleTrakk - Vickie McDonald
Ms. Tyndall digs deep and pens characters so real that you’ll hurt for them, cry, and cheer for them. Unforeseen twists and turns keep the story moving along to a very satisfying ending.
CBA Marketplace Review - Christy Pitney
With a plot vaguely reminiscent of The Sound of Music--a young governess falls in love with a stern widowed naval officer--this book contains a riveting storyline and heart-pounding suspense. It's expertly written, featuring lovable characters, an inspiring Christian message, and an ideal blend of action, romance, and history. Confidently recommend this excellent title to fans of romance and historical fiction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780991092109
  • Publisher: MaryLu Tyndall Books
  • Publication date: 8/15/2009
  • Pages: 346
  • Sales rank: 879,776
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Christy Award nominated and best-selling author MaryLu Tyndall describes herself as an introvert, patriot, mother of six, the neighborhood cat-lady, tall ship enthusiast, friend of pirates and mermaids, obsessive compulsive control freak, history lover, hopeless romantic, and a sword wielding princess-warrior of the King of Kings. She has published over a dozen novels and currently lives in California with her husband.
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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Very Highly Recommended! - One of my favorite books!

    I happened on this book one day and decided to buy it, and I'm glad I did! I literally could not put the book down. My only regret was that I read it too fast! Afterwards, I had to hunt down all of Marylu Tyndall's other books, and I've been hooked ever since! Dominique and Chase are such believable characters with real strengths and flaws, and their story is never dull.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2013

    This single novel, "The Falcon and the Sparrow", writt

    This single novel, "The Falcon and the Sparrow", written by MaryLu Tyndall has lots of action, trickery, and romance. The sparrow, Dominique Dawson, is forced to become a spy for France by them keeping her only brother captured. The falcon, Admiral Chase Randal, needs a governess for his son, William, after three years of his deceased wife, so he can still be out at sea. Dominique becomes the governess William needs, but in the process she is also sent to steal the Admiralty documents from Chase's home in London for the French or the French will execute her brother. As time goes on Dominique learns Chase has lost and turned from God, she grows deeply to care for him to help him see the truth again of God, though as she tries she feels her own faith wavers at what she is doing and seeking guidance from God. Read this wonderful historical fiction novel to see what happens with Dominique and Chase throughout this intense adventure!

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Wonderful Historical Romance

    MaryLu Tyndall creates another romantic historical fiction masterpiece in “The Falcon and the Sparrow”. This tale of espionage, intrigue and romance will take the reader captive from the first page! In the time of Napoleon’s rise to power as Emperor or France, Dominique Dawson is caught between two worlds: her homeland of England and the homeland of her Mother, France. When her brother is captured by Napoleon’s men, she is forced to return to England to spy for France. She secures employment in the home of an Admiral in the British Royal Navy, caring for the young and handsome widower’s son. Will Dominique betray the country she loves, sacrificing the only family she has left on the earth? Or will she learn to love a new family and start over again?

    MaryLu writes so masterfully, you can smell the Thames River and the staleness of the London underbelly. The characters she creates have such depth, they can almost be heard breathing. The locations are tantalizing, a vicarious vacation for the reader. Her well-woven situations will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page! She even manages to weave Biblical truths throughout the story about doing God’s will, being persistent, and offering/accepting forgiveness. Tyndall’s use of historical figures such as John Newton, adds a dash of credibility to the tale. I highly recommend this wonderful novel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    A French Spy Falls in Love with a British Man

    The Falcon and the Sparrow is not part of a series.
    Dominique is forced to become a spy for France, in order to save her brother. Chase is still affected by his wife's death and finds it hard to be a father to their son. He also has to battle the advances of Ms. Markham, whom he does not love. Dominique becomes Chase’s son’s governess.
    Chase falls in love with Dominique, and she with him. Chase is informed there might be a spy in his household, which he cannot believe. Chase starts to lay traps to catch the spy. What will he do when he finds out just who the spy is?
    I liked this book better than some of MaryLu Tyndall’s other books. It's one I really wish had a follow-up book.
    This book has a certain flow. It's full of surprises, a very worthwhile read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Oncw Once you start, you can't put it down!!!

    I loved it!!! It's definitely one of my faves

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  • Posted November 14, 2011

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    Dominique works as a governess for William, whose the son of an Admiral. But Dominique is there for a reason. I liked the writing style and the descriptions of the setting. The book was an interesting read.

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    A must-read!!!

    This is another wonderful book of MaryLu Tyndall's! I was entertained throughout the whole book and I absolutely loved all of the characters. It was written so well that it almost felt as if I were going through the same emotions and doubts as Dominique, the heroine. I admired Chase and his son, William. Dominique was a great character, and different from a lot of the stereotypical characters you sometimes see in historical fiction. This book kept me up at night, anxious to read about Dominique and Chase's ending. i couldn't stop turning the pages! This was a fantastic read all together.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    A Must Read!

    Have you ever read a story so real and so intense that you lost sleep over it? You get to the end of a chapter and can't help but turn the page and keep reading? This novel will have you captivated from the beginning. It deals with a personal struggle that tugs at your heart. Loyalty, betrayal, forgiveness, love......THE BEST MOVIE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    A great stand alone by Tyndall

    I almost did not wish to read this novel because it was not in series with the rest of MaryLu Tyndall's novels; however I greatly enjoyed it. The plot line flowed well, and the characters were unique. Tyndall never fails to surprise me with new and even more inspiring and creative pieces of work. Well done

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

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    A great stand alone novel by MaryLu Tyndall!

    The Falcon and the Sparrow is a delightful novel about romance, war, and intrigue in early 1800's England. While mostly set on land, there is a nautical theme, as the main character takes a job for a British admiral. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and wish it were part of a series so I could read more about these endearing characters! If you love historical fiction, romance, action and intrigue, England, or just any good book, you will love this one!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2010

    Inspiring, Captivating, Enchanting!

    A remarkable story of finding your destiny and overcoming the fear within. Dominique Dawson is a young Frenchwoman who has to act as a spy for France. They hold the one thing that is all she has left, her brother. Dominique must enter the home of Admiral Chase Randal, a formidable man who has a broken and anguished heart. Dominique discovers the admiral is not a man to be trifled with, but she must procure the British papers, otherwise her brother will die. As she plays the governess to the admiral's young son, she loses to her heart to the whole household. Will she ever be able to betray these people she has unwillingly fallen in love with? Chase knows he has a French spy in the midst of his house, but he does not know who. He must find the thief at all costs. He will stop at nothing. What will he do when he finds out the truth? In the middle of all this heart ache and confusion, both find the true meaning of what it means to follow the True Voice within.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    The Falcon and The Sparrow

    One bad decision has put Dominique Dawson's and her brother's lives at stake. Now, she will do whatever is necessary to prevent her brother's untimely death. When she is hired as a governess for the young son of Admiral Chase Randal, she has an opportunity to save her brother's life. Unfortunately, it will mean betraying her country as well as the admiral. Dominique must choose between the family she has quickly come to love or the brother that she has loved for years. Will her faith open a door for her to have both or is she destined to lose all those she loves?

    The Falcon and the Sparrow by M.L. Tyndall is an excellent book choice for someone who likes romance, mystery and a little suspense. I enjoyed this book and even stayed up reading it until 2:00 am one Saturday night. I simply had to know what happened. Admiral Chase Randall was an intriguing character to me. One moment he would be teasing; another he would be angry or brooding.

    I did not care for the title of the book. I can see why the author chose it because it describes her two main characters. However, it sounds too much like Lori Wick's book series which is set in the same time period and has titles such as The Hawk and the Jewel.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

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    Very Entertaining

    This book is definitely a page turner. I found myself not being able to put it down. Tyndall threw in romance with a little action and made a great book. I had a lot of fun reading this book and would recommend reading it. It's one of those reads that you can curl up on a rainy day and lose yourself in time and characters.

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  • Posted December 18, 2008

    Christian Romance¿

    The Falcon and the Sparrow<BR/>M.L. Tyndall<BR/>Barbour, 2008<BR/>ISBN: 9781602600126<BR/>Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for, 12/08<BR/>5 Stars<BR/>Christian Romance¿<BR/>The Falcon and the Sparrow is the story of Dominique Dawson. A cousin holds her brother captive in France; she is determined to win his freedom. Dominique sets sail on a ship bound for England where she meets Admiral Chase Randall. Randall hires her as a governess for his young son. Dominique soon finds herself falling in love with her charge and his father. Nevertheless, she is there on a mission. She is more than a governess; she is a spy. Can she betray the man she comes to love? <BR/>M. L. Tyndall¿s faith shines through in her books. The Falcon and the Sparrow is filled with intrigue, romance, and mystery. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader eagerly turning pages. This book is highly entertaining. While the setting is historical, do not expect it to be authentic. This is Christian Romance at its finest.

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  • Posted December 17, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    MaryLu Tyndall has created another masterful story filled with charismatic characters, history, romance and intrigue.

    MaryLu Tyndall is an artist with words. Her newest book, The Falcon and the Sparrow, while very different from the Legacy of the King's Pirates series, is still a masterpiece of romance, history, and intrigue. With historical knowledge, beautiful descriptive writing skills, faith, and passion MaryLu has told a most beautiful love story.<BR/><BR/>Dominique Dawson, an Englishwoman forced by Lucien Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon, to spy against England in order to save her brother's life, finds herself in the employ of Admiral Chase Randal as a governess. Her task is simple, steal important documents on the British navy and her brother's life will be spared. No one prepared her for the endearing little boy, William; she was to governess, or the handsome, strong widower she was to betray. Struggling with her faith in God and her promise to betray her country Dominique sets to her duty. Admiral Chase Randal would rather be at sea. He is not a landlubber, and especially not since his beloved wife died. He cannot even spend time with his precious son, William, who looks too much like his mother. Yet, when Dominique moves into his house, things change. His heart opens to her, to love and to faith again. Will love have a chance to survive the worst kind of betrayal?<BR/><BR/>MaryLu Tyndall has once again created characters that will touch your heart and a story that will keep you turning pages well after you should have gone back to your regular work. I highly recommend this book and all of her books. She may be a relatively new author, but she is a treasure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2008

    A Frank Review of Falcon and the Sparrow

    Winner of the Road to Romance Reviewers Choice award for her novel The Redemption, MaryLu Tyndall deserved it¿and more. Her fiction made her a 2007 nominee for the prestigious Christy Awards. The fact that she did not win means there are some judges due some slaps! Now that her Legacy of the King¿s Pirates series is concluded, Ms Tyndall¿s newest offering, The Falcon and the Sparrow, came available in August. Expect to see her name again on the list of Christy nominees in 2008. If it¿s possible, MaryLu¿s powerful literary skill is like fine wine: it gets even better with time, and can be intoxicating when sampled. She takes you there like nobody else. Walk through the port city of Dover in 1803, a time when Great Britain ruled more of the planet than any other empire before or since. Drink in the accurate sensory imagery of the era through the eyes, ears, and nose of, her main character Dominique Dawson. Poor Dominique is forced to spy for the French at a time when Napoleon seeks to destroy the British fleet. With the twists and turns typical of Tyndall¿s fiction, Dominique¿s stressed arrival has her thrown immediately into a dinner party with London¿s high society. By page thirty, Dominique lurks and eavesdrops to learn whatever she can to save her brother, who¿s held hostage by the French. Like no other author I¿ve read, Tyndall¿s research into her historical setting paint the people and issues of 1803 in amazing colorful detail. This novel¿s intrigue depends on the customs and social etiquette of her characters, the affluent ruling class. What could easily be tedious to a twenty-first century reader, is another page-turner. Rather than my poor attempt to communicate what Tyndall does so well, I prefer to just give samples so you can see for yourself: 'Dominique¿s pulse battered her ears. She dashed around the marble statue at the bottom of the stairs just as heavy boots hammered into the hall. Squinting into the darkness, she rushed into the cover of the murky shadows toward the back of the house, praying no one had seen her. Soon, however, the men¿s boots echoed like claps of thunder up the stairs as they went to join the ladies, letting out a sigh, she leaned against a set of thick double doors and laid a hand upon her heaving chest. Lord, I can¿t even listen in on a conversation without being petrified to death. What kind of spy am I?' Christian fiction can easily be preachy. MaryLu never goes there. Characters¿ faith are all part of the subtext, like the following scene, which takes place just after Dominique is treated horribly by an English Lady: '¿May I ask why you forgave my sister so easily? Her behavior toward you was beyond reproach.¿ The gracious act still baffled him. Why, if they had been men, a duel would have resulted from such a scurrilous affront. She pressed her shawl against her chest. ¿Who am I not to forgive others when I have been forgiven so much?¿ Chase grunted. He assumed she meant by God. ¿And what horrid things could someone so young have done that required forgiveness?¿ ¿¿Tis not so much what we have done, but the condition of our hearts, Admiral. A wrong motive can be just as spiteful as an evil act.¿ Forgiveness. Chase had taught about God¿s forgiveness at church all his life, but he had never felt he was forgiven, had never witnessed anyone else receive forgiveness in a way that changed him, and had never really seen true forgiveness in action. Until that night.' It¿s all about Tyndall¿s characters. You can¿t help but care for them. Like you and I, they¿re real flawed people. Let MaryLu take you to their world as only she can, and enjoy her newest offering: The Falcon and the Sparrow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    Great Regency Romance!

    Dominique Dawson seems like a timid sparrow when she turns up on Admiral Chase Randal¿s doorstep as his son¿s new governess. Still mourning the death of his beloved wife, Chase has no use for timid women. He wants only to retreat to his life at sea where he¿s most at home and where memories of his wife don¿t haunt him quite so much. Appearances are deceptive, for her courage displays itself in ways that surprise both him and his worldly friends. And she brings joy and light to himself, his servants, and most of all, his young son, who quickly comes to adore her. Dominique indeed feels like a timid sparrow, frightened of her own shadow, when she contemplates what she has come to London to do¿to spy on the unsuspecting Admiral and steal any war secrets he might have on the premises. Reluctantly she has agreed to commit treason against England in order to save her beloved brother, Marcel, who is imprisoned by the French. But the more she comes to love her young charge, William, and more alarmingly, his father the Admiral, the more anguished she is at the pain her betrayal will cause them both. This is an exciting, page-turning romance. The author, Marylu Tyndall, is incredibly skilled at making you feel caught up in the same tangle of deceit that Dominique is facing. I enjoyed the internal struggles and morality questions, as well as the romance. A worthy story. Two thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    intriguing historical romance

    In 1803 the French leave Dominique Dawson' with a Hobson¿s choice. She can spy on her beloved homeland England or never see her brother languishing under French incarceration ever again she knows the threat is real and if she fails to do her mission, her sibling will be dead. Dominique obtains work as governess to the son of Royal Navy Rear Admiral Chase Randal of the Royal Navy in order to gather information for Napoleon¿s agents. She pretends being a mouse, which disgusts her new employer, but he begins to notice her lioness ferocity when it comes to his son. Deeply attracted to father and son, Dominique expects someone she loves will die regardless of what she does. ---- This is an intriguing historical romance due to the predicament the heroine must face as she believes she will betray someone she loves regardless of what she does or does not. Readers will enjoy following Dominique¿s anguish as she rationalizes what she must do and even projects her ethical dilemma onto others as a psychological defense mechanism. Still as always M.L. Tyndall provides her fans with an interesting Regency due to the lead female's lament. ---- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2008

    Outstanding Adventure

    Absolute on the edge of your seat, page turner, with unexpected twists and turns full of wonderful action until the end! The Falcon and the Sparrow is a masterful book taking place in London during the Napoleonic wars with France. The imagery presented by Tyndall is incredible. I could picture every scene, the people, places, and the food. I could smell the sea water and rain as well a hint of the other not so pleasant smells. London was given a full picture that agrees with all history I have known so far as being very accurate. After having recently seen the film 'Amazing Grace' and reading the book Once Blind it was nice again in this story to see a dear friend John Newton. This book is incredible. It is definitely on my favorite list. Through out the whole story I was curious and clueless as to how things could and would pan out. I definitely recommend this story for lovers of history, and those who crave adventure. There are espionage attempts, ball room dances, building, danger on the streets of London, sword fights, threats to one' honor and more. Oh it's just fabulous!

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Another exciting historical from Tyndall!

    I really enjoyed The Falcon and the Sparrow . The story contained all of the distinct Tyndall elements of depth and mood that I've grown to love and expect from her books. Intrigue, romance, suspense, and passion are always part of Tyndall's plot, which makes them page turners for me. The author successfully tortures her characters by getting them into the worst predicaments, and that always makes for incredible tension. Plus the spiritual element was tightly woven into the story's theme and into characters' lives. I love how people actually changed in the story because they were around Dominique. She was like a light in the house full of nothing by heartache and pain, which is what Christians are called to be--light. This aspect of the story was done amazingly well. The romantic tension rocked as did the kissing scenes! That's often my favorite part of Tyndall's novels. She does a great job of pairing up two very unlikely people with intense conflict between them, which makes for some serious electricity. I dare say the pages of this novel smoked with constrained passion and deep affection. I loved how the Admiral's heart began to thaw and how his son played a key role in the entire story. As usual, this was well done! I've never read a Tyndall novel I haven't thoroughly enjoyed!

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