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 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.
I was delighted to receive the review copy of Meg Moseley's powerful, thought provoking debut novel. She gives the reader a peek into how an impressionable young girl falls for an older man and in the process loses more than her freedom, she loses her identity. Meg gives a chilling, believable scenario of what happens to Miranda when she marries a religious man who aims to control every aspect of her life, I couldn't stop reading it!
Miranda's a widow and mother of six children. Her world hasn't changed much since her husband Carl died two years ago. Pastor Mason kept them on the straight and narrow. He visited Miranda's family unexpectedly and constantly reminded Miranda that women should be focused on matters of the home. Mason also told her to never forget Carl was the absolute ruler in her home.
Pastor Mason announced to the whole church he'd heard from the Lord and the whole church was soon to move to another state. Miranda sensed her inner alarm bells ringing. She started to pray that the Lord would give her the courage to stand up to this man who enjoyed playing God and using his congregation like they were puppets. He was a wolf in sheep clothing - she had to expose him for what he was. God help her.
Then college professor, Jack Hanford enters Miranda's life. Miranda is unnerved and relieved that Jack came to help. He just might be the help she needed to expose Mason for what he was. She wasn't sure she could trust him though. Jack sees the strict rules this family lives by. He wanted to help them be free. Free to have fun and enjoy life and each other.
I enjoyed Meg Moseley's writing style and Miranda's six children and how they interacted with their Uncle Jack. Jack was the light in their darkness. Meg reveals many layers of Miranda's complex life. Could she get out of this complicated web? I adored Jack, his love for his nieces and nephews and his passion for teaching young minds. Jack had a strong desire to expose these children to the world around them. First on the agenda was convincing Miranda reading fiction books was a good thing!
Meg's story hooked me from the first page! I like how she handled this tough topic showing a scary scenario of control and one girl's courage to do the right thing no matter what the cost. I was totally absorbed into this story as Meg reminded me of the precious gift we all take for granted - religious freedom - freedom to worship Him and not follow a bunch of rules that kill people's spirit! This was potent. I can't wait to see where Meg takes us next!
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This book was a wonderful read. Miranda Hanford is a quiet, widow and mother to six children. Mason Chandler, an extremely controlling pastor who wants his entire congregation to move to a different state. But praise the Lord for Jack Hanford, Miranda's deceased husband's brother, who comes to help her out after she falls from a cliff. He starts to fall in love with Miranda and all the children. But Miranda must let go of the past, face her challenges, one of which is Jack and the other is Mason Chandler. Let the secrets be revealed and love prevail.
Meg Moseley is a wonderful writer and I look forward to reading more of her books.
Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Be sure to read an excerpt or chapter and be prepared to purchase the book to find out what happens. Wonderful reading.
This is a quiet, yet powerful novel with many layers and wonderfully descriptive language. The reader is immediately drawn into the the tension and conflict between Jack, a kind yet imperfect divorced professor, and his widowed sister-in-law Miranda, a fragile woman with six children who has learned not to speak up for herself. Jack and Miranda are thrust into a situation that they could not have prepared themselves for, and struggle to cope as best they can.
I believe that the author fairly and accurately portrayed the characters - including the delightful, intelligent children, and the issues - especially Jack and Miranda's respective opinions on homeschooling, and the domineering pastor and his church members - who seemed determined to do the right thing, but instead let the pastor run their lives, even when he led them in the wrong direction.
I was easily drawn into this well-written book and its memorable characters as they struggled with loyalty, trust, deception, faith, and love. Highly recommended.
This is the story of Miranda Hanford a widow and mother of six who lives a quiet and private life. When her pastor Mason Chandler announces his plans to have all the congregation of his close knit cult like church to sell their property and move to another state Miranda decides not to follow. She has lived under this strange conservative lifestyle since she married Carl Hanford. Mason is determined that she will do as he says or he will reveal her hidden secrets and destroy her family.
When Miranda has an accident, Timothy her oldest son calls Jack Hanford, her estranged brother-in- law who has been named legal guardian of the children. Jack comes and helps with the children but this also bring complications. Jack is worried about Miranda and the children and he is determined to find out what is behind all their ways and Miranda's fears. Will Jack be albe to help and will Miranda find freedom.I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. Any opinions expressed are my own.