When Sparrows Fall

When Sparrows Fall 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 annou

  • Title: When Sparrows Fall
  • Author: Meg Moseley
  • ISBN: 9781601423559
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 ruliFreedom 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 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

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    1. Because of personal issues I struggled with since a child and my early years in a ministry run by controlling, joyless leaders, it took years for me to believe that God is just as delighted in seeing me joyful as He was in giving me life. That He reserves good gifts for me. That He cherishes me. That following Him isn’t all about a list of do’s and don’t's. That I am free to delight in and cherish Him.This is the central issue of Meg Moseley’s debut novel, When Sparrows Fall.Her main cha [...]

    2. The writing and characterization were very good. The story line itself though didn't fully capture my interest. I was constantly wondering why the topic was chosen. The author note at the end didn't shed any light on that question for me unfortunately.As a young woman and college student, Miranda becomes involved with a radical or fanatical religious man several years older. That relationship led to years of involvement with a church that was very exclusive and restrictive.Brother in law Jack st [...]

    3. When Meg Moseley gave birth to her third child 20 years ago, doctors cautioned her against having any more babies, fearing that another difficult pregnancy might jeopardize her life.So Moseley and her husband decided three was the magic number, at least for their family.Then came an unexpected hospital visit from a couple of women who, like Moseley, had chosen to home-school their children.These women "thought it was wrong to be limiting children, although the doctors said I was looking for trou [...]

    4. I couldn’t put this book down. The author crafted a masterful story. Not only were the characters unique (some of the most unique I have read), but I was blown away time and time again by their fresh perspective. You “see” the world through the character’s eyes to the point I would read a description and immediately know that yes, I have seen that. The metaphors for the setting, similes between characters, it painted a beautiful picture with the words and was one reason I couldn’t stay [...]

    5. "When Sparrows Fall" was a wonderfully written novel that captured my attention from page one and never let it go. This was a book that once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down until I reached the end.I liked almost everything in this book, especially how Jack would call Michael and Gabriel (Miranda's two middle children) "the archangels" and that Miranda named her camera "Jezebel", because her church had forbidden her to use it to make money.Some of the things I didn't like in the book [...]

    6. Miranda Hanford is a wonderful character that you will fall in love with immediately. She is the widowed mother of six blond headed, home-schooled, precocious children. Her husband, Carl, died two years ago when he fell from the roof while doing repairs. Miranda was left with six children to raise on a small secluded homestead. A life insurance policy has provided just enough income to help and her church also sends a small monthly amount from the benevolence fund. But the church is not a main s [...]

    7. There is no doubt that Meg Moseley is a gifted writer and I am sure we will see more of her work. Her first novel, When Sparrows Fall, is an intriguing page turner about a widow whose life has been full of controlling men. Beginning with her tyrannical husband, who expected complete obedience and submission; and ending with a pastor who required a cult-like loyalty from his congregation; Miranda Hanford finds herself and her six children in a situation that she cannot escape from. Then she has a [...]

    8. When Sparrows Fall is a unique, beautifully written story that was a pleasure to read and difficult to close after the last page. Meg Moseley is a gifted writer, but even more, a well-rounded, word-weaving storyteller. Miranda Hanford is a widow with six children when an accident nearly takes her life. Her late husband's step-brother, Jack Hanford, comes into their lives afterward, offering help and healing from wounds both physical and emotional, though Jack shoulders his own set of heavy past [...]

    9. I have not read a lot of Christian fiction, and was a bit wary of diving into this story about a widow with six children who is at odds with her preacher. However, I liked both Miranda and her brother-in-law, Jack, right away. Their story had flaws, and the characters could've used a bit more fleshing out, but overall I liked the book.I have no idea if children raised without television or fiction really are so well-behaved or not - but they seemed entirely too mature to me, especially the 10-ye [...]

    10. This was a great read about a woman fighting to regain a normal life. The Children are delightful, well mannered and a little mischievous.Miranda surely was oppressed and has faced hardships in her life. Her husband was killed just before her last child was born. Her Church was there for her, or were they? She does have the help of her Lord, and he does answer her prayers!I enjoyed this read and it went quite fast, and I didn't expect the ending.Freedom. Safety. Love. Miranda vows to reclaim the [...]

    11. First I'm going to start with the homeschooling part of the book. I homeschooled my 3 daughters for 7 years and loved every minute of it. Homeschooling is suppose to provide a unique learning environment where children can learn, and have fun doing it. In our home my girls learned their fractions by cooking, their history by reading books not a text book, multiplication with legos. We grew butterflies, frogs, praying mantises. While I had children in different grade levels because I only had 3 t [...]

    12. This book has me wondering just how common these sort of harsh religious beliefs are and how close they are to my neighborhood. When Sparrows Fall is about young widow Miranda who belongs to a church with these harsh beliefs and when things get to be too twisted she decides it is time to break away! Before she can do that though she gets severely injured and her husband’s half-brother Jack shows up to help!! There is so much more that goes on but I will not reveal any secrets!!There were a lot [...]

    13. This is a novel I would classify as domestic fiction with elements of romance and Christian fiction. I received an advance copy of this book through Library Journal, and I always like to expand my knowledge of what fiction is out there. This book is set in rural Georgia, and gives us two viewpoints. One is Miranda Hanford, a young widow with six children. Miranda is part of a small leader-centred church, a church she is starting to feel uncomfortable about, especially since the pastor, Mason, is [...]

    14. I enjoyed reading this book. The story is engaging as Miranda (Randi) a mother of six struggles to cope with raising six children as a widow, her overbearing Pastor and the involvement of her brother in law that she doesn't know. I love how she sticks to her principles for the things she feels strongly about, as well as allowing some latitude on the things she's used to doing but are not written in stone. The author does a great job of describing each of the children as well as giving a great fo [...]

    15. I picked this up because it was nominated for the 2012 Carol Award, and I wasn't disappointed. In this novel, Moseley deals with a Christian in a church on the fringes of the faith, a church following a wayward and domineering pastor who is certain he is hearing from God, not only about what he should do, but about what his entire church should do. Miranda is caught in the middle. She's afraid to cross her pastor but determined to break away from him. And then when she injures herself, the broth [...]

    16. With more layers than a wedding cake, When Sparrows Fall is a complex story of a mother's devotion that will not leave you untouched. Meg Moseley's characters will climb out of the pages and into your heart. Besides the rebellious Miranda, her children include Timothy, two adorable girls, and Jack dubs her youngest boys "the archangels." As unlikely as the pairing seems, I found myself hoping for romance to bloom between Jack and Miranda, but it seems Timothy had a different idea. Thoroughly enj [...]

    17. Not a bad read. I actually did the audio book because I am a runner and it's a great use of time while I run. The story was good and the plot was solidwith that said, the audio was terrible. The reader kept changing her voice and using a fake western accent. I almost gave up on this story because of the terrible narration. Glad I didn't because it ended well.

    18. It wasn't really my thing. I thought it was Christian. But the woman in it doesn't seem to care about if the man she is dating has repented of his sins and trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior.

    19. When Sparrows Fall by Meg MoseleyI received a copy of this book for review purposes from WaterBrook Multnomah. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.Miranda Hanford's life is less than ideal. A widow and mother of six young children, the pastor of her church has decided the entire congregation is going to pack up and move to another state. For the first time, Miranda sees this as the opportunity to break ties with Mason Chandler and the dictatorial way he runs t [...]

    20. *WARNING: PLOT SPOILERS*I kicked the romance novel reading habit by the time I graduated college and haven’t been interested in them since, save as a mere academic curiosity. But when I noticed homeschool historian Milton Gaither’s review on a recently published Christian romance novel, I thought I’ve give the genre another try. Homeschool mother Meg Moseley, the author of When Sparrows Fall: A Novel, cited influences such as Hillary McFarland, who’s controversial blog and book Quivering [...]

    21. As the book opens, we find Miranda Hanford, a widowed mother of six children, finding out that her church pastor has called a meeting of the single women of the church. He informs them that the church and its flock will be moving to another state and that the parishioners with property are expected to sell, pull up stakes, and donate the proceeds to the move. (Obviously, this set up warning bells in THIS reader's mind!)Ever the black sheep of her strict fundamentalist group (no caffeine, homesch [...]

    22. 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 unab [...]

    23. *Review also posted at Briar Rose ReadsOne of my favorite books of all time. Moseley's prose is gorgeous and evocative (the landscape is a character in itself), and there are no stereotypes here, no caricatures; the characters are complex and interesting. The main ones are Miranda, widow, mother of 6, struggling to escape from her oppressive, legalistic, cult-like church; and Jack, divorced college professor, a man of both faith and reason, who is equal parts angry and sad to see the life in whi [...]

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