4/25/10

Not a Sparrow Falls by Linda Nichols


Life has led Mary Bridget Washburn down some rough roads. She feels stuck at a dead end, but instead she turns around and runs in the other direction. Unfortunately, she has a hard time letting go of the wrong turns she has taken. She ends up in Alexandria, going by her mother's name--Bridie. She finds refuge in a church and sees a troubled pre-teen that draws her heart. Bridie makes a life in Alexandria and grows to care for the people there, but she knows it is only a matter of time before her past catches up to her.

This book starts with an elderly woman praying through the night. Hattie sees a vision of one of God's people in battle and she fights with everything she has--in prayer. This kicks off a key theme of prayer. The conversations between God and the characters were moving and powerful. I loved the messages that each one brought. This was a story of growth and faith not only in the main characters but also in many of the secondary ones. Each of the characters was well-written with depth of emotion and personality. The images were clear, and the storyline was smooth. The internal and external struggles were real and the resolution was satisfying. This book takes the reader on a faith journey as well. I took away life lessons from each of the characters. Not a Sparrow Falls is a keeper. It is definitely on my list of favorites for this year! I would recommend it to any Christian fiction lover!

I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. Thanks Bethany House, I loved it!!

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