Monday 11 April 2011

When Sparrows Fall

Finished April 8
When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley
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 asking them all to sell up and move with him to a different state. Mason seems to have some sort of information about Miranda that he threatens her with exposure of if she doesn't comply and she feels isolated.
The other point of view is Miranda's brother-in-law, college professor Jack Hanford. Jack becomes involved in Miranda's life when she takes a serious fall and her oldest child calls him for assistance as he is listed as guardian for the children. Jack's brother, Miranda's husband, had not wanted him around and Jack is surprised and touched about being called on. He steps into the family's lives and finds that there is much more here than he knew.
We see some interesting commentary around some of the extreme Christian churches around, and the isolation that they can bring to their congregation. We also see how the community can become helpful when they are allowed to be. Lots to think about.

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