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Not a Sparrow Falls (The Second Chances Collection Book #1) by [Nichols, Linda]
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Romance novelist Nichols (Handyman) enters the Christian market with this contemporary tale of love and suspense. Abandoning her godly upbringing after the siblings she raised for years are placed in foster care, Mary Bridget ("Bridie") Washburn flees the hills of Virginia with a man who forces her into a life of crime. She eventually reports him to the police and strikes out on her own. Assuming a new identity, Bridie lives a quiet life until she meets a teenaged girl begging God for help. Alasdair MacPherson, the girl's father, is a widowed pastor struggling to raise three children after his wife's suicide. When he hires Bridie as a nanny for his troubled family, her faith is rekindled, and she and Alasdair slowly fall in love. But their happiness is threatened when the man Bridie sent to jail is released and tracks her down seeking vengeance. Although the drama created by the suicide of Alasdair's wife offsets the stock characters and predictable plot, the characters' cool acceptance of it and lack of moral condemnation of her or the deed may trouble more conservative Christian readers. For larger collections.
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*Starred Review* Nichols' Not a Sparrow Falls opens with the escape of Mary Bridget Washburn, an Appalachian girl on the verge of womanhood, from her boyfriend and his cohorts, who run a meth lab. With a false identity and a little cash, Mary flees for the upscale city of Alexandria, where she falls in love with a widowed pastor who is beset with troubles involving his children and his job. And poor Mary--now calling herself Bridie Collins--may carry too much baggage to be of any help. Mary and the reverend are both somewhat idealized, but Nichols doesn't jerk them around eliciting sobs; she strikes a realistic, original note with a dash of humor. John Mort
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1615 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (Feb. 1 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006T46KGY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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Mary Bridget Washburn is tired of the direction that her life has taken. She's tired of the drug culture that she's become part of. She's tired of the empty shell of her life. So, she escapes. She hides behind her mother's name, and assuming this new identity sets herself up as "the girl next door" in Alexandria, Virginia. But she can't escape her past. And a young girl's plea to God gives her a new purpose. Can God really use someone with her past to help bring together a family that is falling apart?

I really enjoyed this novel. Linda Nichols did a wonderful job developing her characters and giving them life on the page. I felt with them, struggled with them, and learned more about myself through their struggles. not a sparrow falls is a story of hope and facing your demons. It is also a story of faith and prayer. God is bigger than the circumstances of our lives and he is always ready to forgive and use us again.

I would highly recommend this book.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review.)
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If you can read only one novel in the next year, make it this one! The "Christian Fiction Expert" at our church, who reads widely, claims that this book was the best novel to be published in 2002. "Not A Sparrow Falls" was a finalist in very competitive "Christy Awards".
This book starts out rather strangely, especcially for a Christian novel. Main character Bridie is living with a drug manufacturer and buys the supplies to make the [drugs.]She manages to escape and try to make a new life for herself. While she was working as a cashier at the local grocery store, "Bag and Save", she is discovered by the sister of a widowed pastor who needs some help with his children and his home. I won't tell you anymore, except to say that I really grew attached to the characters in this book. Linda Nichols writes with sensitivity and humor.
Linda's next book, "If I Gained the World" is being published by Bethany House in October of 2003 - I can't wait to read it!
Please check out my other reviews! God bless you!
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This was a heartwarming story of new-beginnings and the power of love. Not just romantic love; but the love of God, the love of parents and children, and the love of friends. The book has extremely well-drawn characters. We get to know Bridie, Alasdair, Samantha, and Lorna so well that we care deeply about their happiness. I could even feel some sympathy toward Jonah, the drug-dealing felon, when the story was all told.
I usually read books of the thriller/mystery genre, but this one was a very restful respite from that type of literature. It just gave me a feel-good feeling when I was done.
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I really enjoyed this book. Though it was fiction, at least I believe it was, it really touched my heart and brought my thoughts to God. It is true not a sparrow falls, God is always there and has a plan for each of our lives. He gently leads us, protects us and watches over us. He answers our every prayer though at the time we may not know it. This is an excellent book. I am buying this book, although I own it in a Reader's Digest Select Edition ... just so I can share it with others. It is a very touching and uplifting dive into us and the love of God. Read it and enjoy ... :)
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Linda Nichols has done a wonderful job with Not a Sparrow Falls. This heart warming and poignant story will touch your heart and soul. You will laugh, cry, and cheer for Birdie, (Mary Bridget Washburn's assumed name) as she runs from her past only to find she must resolve those issues before she can truly help those she comes to love. The story is beautifully written with a tapestry of scenes that tug at your heart. I throughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to others.
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