The Spider and the Sparrow

The Spider and the Sparrow

by A.L. Sowards


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ISBN-13: 9781680479393
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/10/2015

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The Spider and the Sparrow 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I received a free electronic copy of this historical novel from Netgalley, A. L. Sowards, and Covenant Communications. Thank you all for sharing your work with me. This novel is a wonderful window on France and the French during the First World War. This is period I am much interested in, and I am grateful for the research and care that went into this portrayal of life in France during these years of turmoil. Sowards' characters are authentic and well rounded, her pace building steadily and her story involved. This is an author I will follow.
LilacDreams More than 1 year ago
I loved it! This provides a stark look at WWI with emphasis on the enlisted men. Men on both sides comment they don't hate the enemy in the opposite trenches; they're both fighting a war they don't want to be a part of. The officers don't care how many are killed as long as they can stand in a progress report. I liked how the characters were willing to pray. A common response is, I never prayed before; I can't now. Here they prayed because they had nothing to lose. I will definitely looked for more by this author.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
THE SPIDER AND THE SPARROW was another superb release from this author! I frankly do not know how she does it... How she immerses the reader in this historical and terrible time in history where your emotions are pulled in every which way. Emotions of devastation, heartbreak, but also determination that these characters will do what they can, and hope for the future, for a future with the possibility of love. The tensions and suspense grows throughout the story until the climax at the end when you can barely hang on and wonder how these heroes will make it. Another story from this author that I highly recommend! These characters grew on me throughout the story. I saw the misery they're experiencing in the beginning and the efforts they make in pushing forward. I saw their humanness, their conviction and determination, their hearts. There was so much heartbreak, but also so much strength and love among these characters. Difficulties and tragedies like war really bring out the best or the worst in people and the characters, both good and bad, show that. These characters showed the way war and death weighs on someone, even when victorious. Even when shooting down enemy planes a character struggled with knowing that there were people inside who lost their lives. Then the soldiers and so many deaths on both sides as if they were pawns in a game that they had no choice in. The author also did something different in this story when one of the spies was living across enemy lines... We see the German people and how their lives were impacted. How terrible the war was for so many of them and how their own enemy could learn to love and care for them. War is terrible for both sides and not all of the enemy believe as their leaders do. The plot slowly built as the spies were set up and as the war and other movements become more precarious and urgent. I could feel the intensity building. The end was extremely tense and I was really nervous about how it would end and if everyone that I had grown to care about would make it. This is fiction at its best, when you can relate and feel for characters and cheer them on against these terrible odds. Here are a couple of touching quotes from the book: "Real love obeys boundaries and stretches hearts, makes you feel like you can fly but always keeps the other person's happiness at the center of your thoughts and deeds. Real love doesn't take what it wants and leave the other person with the consequences. Real love is patient. Real love is kind." "For some reason, it made him miss Claire. Even when she couldn't put it into words, he felt her comfort, her lack of condemnation with each touch of her hand." If you read historical romantic suspense or stories that are set during WWII, I would highly recommend THE SPIDER AND THE SPARROW! Content: Some violence and suspense relative to the genre and war, but would consider this clean. Source: I would like to thank the publisher, Covenant Communications, for my complimentary review copy, which did not affect my review in any way.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I remember when I was young after my great-grandma passed away--we were cleaning out her house and came across a "hidden" panel in a wall, where we found my great-grandpa's WWI gas mask. I remember wondering about what he went through and what that mask had seen. I'm not sure where it ended up, but I do know that this story really brought that period of time alive for me. I love a book that has a few different story lines that are woven together in a way that binds them in unexpected ways. It always takes me a few chapters to get a feel for who is who and then I'm off on an exciting adventure. In this book, we are introduced to Julian, a French soldier who is recruited to be a spy in Germany. We also see a French peasant woman, who is determined to escape an abusive half brother, and also serves as a spy. She lives with an American, Claire, who is living in Paris with her father. Claire is tied to Warren, a Canadian pilot, who is the man who dropped Julian off on his assignment. See how they're all connected? Each chapter pulled me deeper into this story of intrigue, adventure, war, and love. I couldn't help losing myself in depths of the story and found myself rooting for these characters, along with feeling their heartbreak, pain, stress, nerves, and joy. I hope there will be more books in this era forthcoming from Ms. Sowards. I loved it! Content: war violence, not overly graphic, but still moderate. Mild romance (kissing, vague mention of prostitutes). Clean! *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
CamiChecketts More than 1 year ago
How to convey how much I love this book? Hmm. First of all, I couldn't stop reading, even though I had dozens of obligations I needed to keep and cute boys begging for my attention. I'd sneak into the bathroom and read, my boys worried I was sick. Second of all, it's just so good! Action, romance, heart-wrenching stories of the war, family drama, characters that you can't help but love. I would highly recommend this book and anything A.L. Sowards writes.