Monday, June 13, 2011

Another Giveaway!!!

I'm reposting this review because the publisher sent me an extra book so their mistake is YOUR gain!

When Sparrows Fall by Meg Mosely

Publisher by Multnomah Books

Release date: May 3, 2011


Freedom. Safety. Love. Miranda vows to reclaim them--for herself, and for her children.

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?

My Review:

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.

Click here to read Chapter One.

I am giving away this copy to one commenter. US ONLY!!! PLEASE leave an email address in the comment. NO EMAIL = NO ENTRY!!! It should look like this only with your info: johndoe[at]here[dot]net

Rating my review would be appreciated.


  1. I'm really looking forward to reading this book. It sounds so good. I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks and God Bless!!


  2. Anne, I have heard such great things about this book and would love to have my own copy. :o)

    southernsassythings at gmail dot com

  3. Hi Anne, I would love to read this book! Thank you for another chance to win it!


  4. Pick me, pick me. And I think you could become a professional reviewer. I will rate it woman. You've been tagged. Mwa ha ha ha

  5. Oops. robyn(at)robyncampbell(dot)com

  6. Thanks, Ladies for all the comments :) They make me soooo happy :0) I really do wish I had books for each one of y'all!

    Do a Google search (When Sparrows Fall Giveaway) for this book and you will find several going on right now that you can enter to win.

    Robyn: You're just saying that so I'll pick you :)Normally flattery would get you everywhere but I have to go by the random number result!

  7. This book sounds so awesome and one that really want to read and pass on to the church.


  8. I am interested in winning your book. I am just getting into reading a Christian book.


  9. I have read your review and had previously read the first chapter. I also am interested in winning your book When the Sparrows Fall. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Debbie Clark

  10. Love your review Anne! And what a great song to sing after this book....Miranda's chains were gone and she was set free....I'm setting her with chills going up and down my arms!
    Don't enter me I already have this, but just wanted to say it is a great book....and anyone who wants another chance to win it....come on over to my blog and enter.....

    thank you Anne, this is great!!!

  11. Thanks for the chance to win Meg's book. It sounds very intriguing.


  12. Hi Jo! I passed my first copy of the book on to the church, as well. It's a great one to put in the library :0)

    Hello Patricia! Thanks for commenting. You need to leave me your email before the drawing or you won't be entered.

    Welcome Debbie! Thanks for stopping by. Best wishes :)

    Joy! Hey :0) It IS a great song, isn't it?! Thanks for leaving your info on your giveaways. I'll post them on my FB, too!

    Hi Ann! It's a surprising book for a debut. Quite a thought provoker. Thanks for coming by :)

  13. Hi Anne! I just saw your post in the ACFW book club digest and thought I'd stop by and say thanks for spreading the word about "When Sparrows Fall." I love it when a reviewer really understands the theme of the story. Thank you! (And I'm waving to Joy. Hi!)

    I won't be online much for a week or so because my mom just died, but once life gets back to normal I'd love to hear from any of you who are reading the story. My email is on my website.


  14. Oh Meg! I am so sorry for your loss! Even after almost 10 yrs I can still feel the deep pain and grief of losing my mom. Many prayers and hugs for you!!! I'm honored that you stopped by to say hello during this time. ♥

  15. If anyone is having trouble leaving a comment just send me an email. I already had one person do that!

  16. Sounds like one interesting book. Please enter me.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  17. Sounds very interesting, I would love to read it!! You did a great review Anne!! :)

  18. Meg, I am sorry to hear about your Mother passing away. My prayers go out to you and your family! God Bless!


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