Jun 8, 2011

When Sparrows Fall

About the book:
Miranda grew up as a normal American girl, blue jeans and bicycles, movies and popcorn, music and books. She goes off to college and meets a man that treats her like she was the best thing ever. Naturally, she falls in love. And they get married. Soon he is asking her to throw away her music and books, because they pull her away from God. Then she needs to dress differently, more conservative, as to refrain from attracting attention to her body. Once she starts having children, she stays home more, only seeing people at church. 

One day her husband falls of the roof while repairing it, and dies. By this time she has realized that her church isn't all it's cracked up to be. When the pastor claims to hear from God, he is usually looking out for himself. When he tells the congregation they have to leave the state and settle somewhere else, she decides to stay.

After having an accident near her home, leaving her with a mild concussion, her brother-in-law comes to stay with her six children. Even after she arrives home from the hospital, Jack stays. Now she only has to figure out how to avoid moving with the church, even though the pastor is threatening her, and keep her family safe. 

Jack Hanford feels like he has stepped back into time. His half-brother's wife needs his help. So he takes a leave of absence from his job at the college to move in with Miranda and her children. He finds out that even though Miranda homeschools her children, they have never read a fiction book. They have never been to see a movie, gone to an amusement park, or even gone to Wal-Mart. Jack sets out to try to free Miranda and her children by introducing them to life outside their four walls. 

My thoughts:
My first thought when finishing this book is Wow! Meg Moseley does such an excellent job portraying a widow with no where to turn. Watching this story unfold is like watching a butterfly emerge from the cocoon. At first you wonder what will emerge. Will the butterfly even make it, will it survive the harshness of life and take flight? Or will it give up before it's life has even begun? Slowly the wings appear, closed, looking totally lifeless. You hold your breath, waiting. And then, in an instant, it happens. The butterfly fully frees itself from the confines of the drab cocoon and take flight for the first time. 

When Sparrows Fall is just like that butterfly. Reading, watching as Miranda emerges from a beat down, scared widow to a woman protecting herself and her family and finding life and love again. 

For more on this book:
View the Discussion Guide here
When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley (Discussion Guide)

For purchase information:
Please visit Christianbook.com.

About the author:
Meg Moseley is a California girl who currently resides in northern Georgia with her husband Jon. She home schooled for over twenty years and has written human-interest columns for a suburban section of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

For more about Meg, please visit her blog, megmoseley.wordpress.com or website, megmoseley.com.

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