Book Review: When Sparrows Fall

When Sparrows Fall A Novel by Meg Moseley
Reviewed by Tara Norman,
Genre: romance, inspirational
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Publication Dates: 2011

Waking up in a fog, head pounding and blurred vision, Miranda Hanford feels a rush of panic. Like an ocean it washes over her and then subsides. What was it that had her so scared? Miranda remembers her six children, her deceased spouse and fights to remember what happened.. She falls back asleep.

Meg Moseley’s When Sparrows Fall is a story about a homeschooling mother to six who struggles to gain back her freedom and independence and find a new beginning with her family and God. Miranda’s life, once booming with hope and promise, is placed on hold during the period her husband was alive. He snuffed the color out of her life and removed anything that would serve as earthly from their homes. In the beginning, Miranda thought that by following his desires she was being a submissive wife. Little did she know she was losing herself and the true meaning of God’s word in her marriage.

A simple cup of coffee is one of the very first things Miranda allows herself to take part of that her deceased husband would not allow. Taking medicine for the pain from her fall is a freedom that she is ready to try, but she needs to stay in control of herself. She needs to fight for her family, her freedom, and to keep a well-kept secret hidden. As her children find their way into a world they never knew, Miranda finds peace and God in a prayer that she is finally able to utter out loud. Through the help of her alienated brother-in-law, Jack, Miranda and her six children find themselves being introduced to the modern world of haircuts, Dr. Seuss, jeans, sugar, car washes, and more.

Meg Moseley captured my heart with this book. I could not set it down. At one point I was so emotionally involved in the story of Miranda and her children that I cried with her. As I kept reading page after page I yearned to know Miranda’s secret. I needed to understand what she was so afraid of. Meg did a wonderful job planting that as a teaser throughout the book. I am hoping Meg will take this book further with future stories about Miranda, her family, and their ongoing experiences moving into the future while dealing with their past. Meg’s writing is easy to follow and captivating. I am looking forward to reading more from her.

Rated PG-13.

Review Copy Provided by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. Thank you.

I received a copy of this book to review but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations.


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