Thursday, March 31, 2011

Book Review - When Sparrows Fall

The title of Meg Moseley's book, When Sparrows Fall immediately grabbed my attention. The first few pages kept me interested, as the main character, Miranda, seems spunky in nature. Click here to read the first chapter.  I questioned that spunk as the story continued, and with apprehension I write this review. I simply didn't love this novel.

Miranda is a widowed mom to six children. When she is seriously injured, her oldest child is instructed to call an uncle, whom none of the children have ever met, to help. Though shocked to hear from them, Uncle Jack drops everything to come to this family's aid.

The family lives in a remote town, and the children are homeschooled. Their life seems censored. There are many rules to follow, and Jack (a college professor of Literature) suspects they may belong to a religious cult. As the story unfolds, we learn Miranda is trying to break ties with the cult. She carries some deep, dark secrets that could harm her family were they to be revealed.

While I liked the plot of the story, I was left very unsatisfied. It was fairly easy to figure out where the story was heading, and the characters just didn't develop enough for my tastes. There was too much going on, and too many underlying stories woven into this novel.

I felt as though the Christian religion was either portrayed as some kooky cult, or it was described as a church that had become too worldly. There was no in between, a body of Christ that loved and helped one another.

The dissatisfaction for the ending was almost palpable as I reached the final pages. Honestly, about 100 pages could have been removed. I felt it ended too 'pretty' and neatly packaged, all the loose ends tied up a little too sweet. It would definitely make a fabulous Lifetime Network movie.

I really wanted to like this novel. I truly loved the premise of the story. With a little more character development of the adults and older children, and a redefined ending, it would be great. That being said, I would try another Meg Moseley novel.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. The opinions expressed are solely mine.

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