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Review: When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley

Freedom. Safety. Love. Miranda vows to reclaim them–for herself, and for her children.
 
From the Publisher:  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:  Meg Moseley’s debut novel is a beautiful success!  The characters pull you in from the beginning, especially the children.  As a homeschooling herself mother for over 20 years, Moseley manages to deal with the controversial subject matter of extremely conservative, patriarchal sects without making her characters seem like stereotypes.  Miranda struggles with fear, guilt and how to best protect her children against both a spiritually abusive, overbearing pastor and the truckload of changes her well-intentioned brother-in-law wants to introduce into their  lifestyle.  The story is haunting, the characters beautifully developed and the rolling Georgian mountains so real you can almost feel the mist. The theme is freedom, both from other’s chains and those we put on ourselves. 5 stars!

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Posted by on June 2, 2011 in Fiction

 

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