Friday, March 19, 2010

Not a Sparrow Falls

Sorry for the delay in writing, but here it is, another book review!

When I first received Not a Sparrow Falls by Linda Nichols from Bethany House Publishers, I was not sure what to expect. The cover is very intriguing, but the back cover explained a story that I normally do not read. However, I am glad to have read the book. The storyline stuck with me long after I finished. The prologue began a little slowly. I was confused as to how the characters applied, and even more confused when the following chapters never referenced them (the two beginning characters did not return until a final chapter). The story involves Mary, who later changes her name to Bridie. She makes drugs along with two men, but hates that lifestyle and runs away. In her new town under a new alias, Bridie encounters a Reverend and his family. The wife and mother died a few years before, and they are still recovering. Bridie recognizes her own youthful turmoil in the Reverend’s daughter. When she tries to help her, she is hired by the Reverend’s sister to become the nanny/housekeeper for the Reverend. Her life seems to be getting better when Bridie discovers that one of the drug dealers she used to work for is coming after her, she decides to run away. While getting on a bus, Bridie is captured by the drug dealer. He believes that she has hidden his money at her grandmother’s and takes her there, holding them at gunpoint. The grandmother is the woman from the prologue. The pages are heated, turning quickly, and the resolution arrives at Bridie turning herself in to the police and discovering that the Reverend cares for her by posting bail. They are married. He decides to give up his church and they move in with her grandmother. The story was interesting, but the middle dragged. The end and beginning were fast paced, however, and I recommend the book for rainy day reading.

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