Not a Sparrow Falls

by Linda Nichols

Hardcover, 2002

Status

Available

Call number

813.54

Publication

Bethany House Pub (2002), 352 pages

Description

In this powerful story of redemption and love, a prodigal young woman from the hills of Virginia flees the men who lured her away from a godly upbringing into a life of desperation. Taking on a new identity, Mary Bridget Washburn escapes to the quaint city of Alexandria, Virginia, where her path crosses that of a widowed minister with three young children and daunting problems of his own. Can Mary Bridget and her tainted past stay hidden long enough for her to bring hope to a family falling apart?

User reviews

LibraryThing member debs4jc
A Young woman fleeing from a life with an abusive drug dealing boyfriend ends up on the run after turning him in. She assumes a new identity as "Bridgie" and manages to get a job as a checkout girl at a supermarket. An encounter in a church and at the market ends up with her losing her job and working for the family of a local minister. It turns out the ministers family is in dire straights--after his wife died his overbearing sisters took over and his teenage daughter is on the verge of rebellion. Bridgie, despiter spiritual doubts of her own, feels that she has been called to help this family, especially the daughter out. Predictably, she is able to turn the situation around and also develops a romance with the widowed minister.
The characters in this nover were engaging and it has a message about God not overlooking any of his sparrows. I'd say it's a cut above the typical romance.
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LibraryThing member sunnydrk
One of my first forays into free ebooks and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of Not a Sparrow Falls. Deeply moving, the story follows a young lady as she tries to change her life.
LibraryThing member JacobsBeloved
When I first began reading this book, I was a bit hesitant about reading it because it does not fall into the categories of books that I prefer to read. What propelled me to keep reading was my curiousity about the grandmother of the main character, as well as how the plot seemed to sort of verge to the right of what I tried to predict would happen next as I read. I enjoy reading books that are not completely predictable, but not so unpredictable that the events are absurd. This would definitely fall under that heading.
With this book, I got a peak into a lifestyle (of drugs) that I have blessedly never experienced first hand, and it opened my eyes to the desperation and hopelessness that accompanies it. I also got a look into the polar opposite of that lifestyle - that of a pastor and the politics within a specific denomination. Along with these two heavy topics, Nichols also seamlessly weaves the equally heavy topics of depression and suicide beautifully, albeit bittersweetly. I found myself shedding tears over the book, not once, but twice. The wisdom addressing these topics was right on target and fit very naturally into the plot without the book coming across as "preachy." Each of the characters, no matter how small his or her part in the plot, was well-defined and unique, and I appreciated each one. All of the "loose ends" were accounted for and tied up, and every character seemed to reach a place of redemption in their own way.
This book was very satisfying and I am glad I decided to read it.

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Language

Original language

English

Physical description

8.75 inches

ISBN

0764227556 / 9780764227554

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