Sunday, May 9, 2010

Book Review: Not a Sparrow Falls by Linda Nichols

Not a Sparrow Falls by Linda Nichols is a delicately woven story about two people, running from past mistakes. Mary Bridget Washburn wonders how she ended up so far from the girl she once was. Feeling lost with no way out, Mary made a few bad choices and became lost along the way. Making a fresh start, she hopes to escape from the past. Her path crosses that of church reverend, Alasdair McPherson, who no longer is sure he believes what he preaches and has emotionally distanced himself from his three children since his wife's death. Secrets of the past hold them both in bondage. Will the truth set them free? And what about the elderly woman who has faith that God will save the injured lamb from the wolf. Will He?  Will the sparrow fall?

This book is an enjoyable, comforting book. Nichols paints a vivid picture of Mary’s life and surroundings.  I love reading books with Appalachian characters--there is just always something so soulful about their stories.  Mary is someone you easily like the beginning and you find yourself cheering her on past her struggles. You hope and pray her past doesn’t catch up with her, knowing it will. Nichols clearly demonstrates how past transgressions can catch up with us and how the truth really can set you free. Although I felt the ending was weak and predictable, I really enjoyed the book overall and feel it is a worthwhile read.

This book, published by Bethany House, retails for $14.99, but you can purchase it from Amazon for $10.19 with FREE super saver shipping on orders over $25.

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from Bethany House publishers for review purposes.  My review contains my honest opinion.

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