Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Not A Sparrow Falls: Book Review & Giveaway

About The Book:


Two Desperate People--
One With All the Answers•One With None

Mary Bridget Washburn is tired of running, tired of being haunted by the empty shell her life has become. How in the world did the little girl she once was become a woman on the wrong side of the law?

Determined to make a new start, she escapes to the quaint city of Alexandria, Virginia, where she takes on her mother's identity and finds sanctuary in the shadow of a decades-old church. But a little girl's plea proves to be her undoing, and the reverend•well, someone's got to open his eyes before disaster comes calling.
Can Mary Bridget and her tainted past stay hidden long enough for her to bring hope to a family falling apart?

About The Author:
Linda Nichols, a graduate of the University of Washington, is a novelist with a unique gift for touching readers' hearts with her stories. She is also the author of the acclaimed novels If I Gained the World and At the Scent of Water. She and her family make their home in Tacoma, Washington. Visit Linda's Web site at www.lindanichols.org
 My Review:
 This is the first book by author, Linda Nichols, that I have had the pleasure of reading. I really enjoyed the well developed and researched story. The characters are real and the plot was such that my interest was kept throughout the book. I really like that Nichols gives the reader a nice history of the characters inside of just a really simple synopsis like, "so-and-so had a really hard childhood". I feel more connected to the characters when I hear the whole background. I feel this made for a very authentic read. The major themes seen throughout Not A Sparrow falls is dysfunctional/broken families, drugs, the church and forgiveness. Throughout this book, the reader is reminded there is not one sin that will keep you from God's forgiveness. If He forgives us, we have to learn to forgive ourselves.  One line in the book that really resonated with me is "you cannot outsin the cross" Wow!  
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Not A Sparrow Falls by Linda Nichols online, directly from Bethany House.
WIN IT: One (1) reader will win my personal copy of Not A Sparrow Falls
TO ENTER: Leave me a comment about this post or any other from the past week.
GIVEAWAY OPEN TO U.S. AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS
GIVEAWAY ENDS MAY 9, 2010
GOOD LUCK TO ALL!
***Thank you to Jim Hart and Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog***

6 comments:

  1. Your review which was informative and lovely gave me insight into this novel. thanks for this giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. oh so your the one from canada!! haha i saw canada on my tracker but couldnt remember who it was!! lol. we get really bad winds here in las vegas around spring but i have never seen it this bad or this often. looks like a good book to read! i want people to give me stuff so i can review it! lol

    well hope you have a great weekend, take care

    Jacqui

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  3. I would like to read this. Sometimes it's nice to be reminded of how wonderful and forgiving God is.

    Desi
    carolinagirlmommy@gmail.com

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  4. I really love this part that you wrote: Throughout this book, the reader is reminded there is not one sin that will keep you from God's forgiveness. If He forgives us, we have to learn to forgive ourselves. One line in the book that really resonated with me is "you cannot outsin the cross" Wow!
    This really hit home with me. I have been wondering what I have done to have all of these auto immune diseases that I have. I am working on realizing that I do need to forgive myself which is very hard for someone like me to do. This is a novel that I would find to be very interesting and meaningful.

    Thank you,

    Christine
    womackcm@sbcglobal.net

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  5. I enjoyed your review and would like to read this book for myself.

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  6. I liked your review. I haven't seen this book outside of this site but it definitely looks like it would be a good read. In fact I am going to check it out now at the author's site. gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

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