Thursday, March 11, 2010

Not a Sparrow Falls by Linda Nichols


Not a Sparrow Falls by Linda Nichols is a moving story about forgiveness, prayer, God's grace, and second chances. Mary Bridget Washburn survived a dysfunctional childhood only to escape into a life of crime. As she begins to feel guilty about her new life, she runs away again, takes on a new identity, and starts rebuilding her life. Along the way, she connects with a family who desperately needs to forgive themselves and each other. Drawn to the teenaged daughter, Mary Bridget feels like God is telling her she can make a difference in the teenager's life. Throughout the rest of the novel, Nichols seamlessly weaves together multiple story lines and shows how redemption is possible only by the grace of God.

While the book starts off a little slow, it quickly picks up pace. The story is masterfully written and causes you to fall in love with the characters - feeling sorrow, anger, joy, and despair on their behalf. Fiction books don't typically make me feel the way this one did. Additionally, Scripture and truths about the character of God are prominent throughout the novel in a way that connects with the reader without sounding "preachy."

I would recommend this to a friend and am excited to see what's next from Linda Nichols.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany Publishers in exchange for a free and honest review of the novel.

(5 stars out of 5)

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