Monday, June 06, 2011

When Sparrows Fall

When Sparrows Fall caught my attention as I was curious to see how the author would portray a fundamentalist family.

Overall, I thought it was a well-written story. The plot twist caught me a little off guard, but that may be because I didn't catch some hints early on. I really liked how the author showed Miranda's reason for marrying such a conservative man in the first place--given her background, it made sense and added plausibility to her character.

I realize that the speed at which a story develops can be tricky for writers. Make it too fast and your readers will be confused, but if it's too slow they'll be bored to tears. That being said, I thought the drama happened awfully quickly (the pending move announced on page 2 and her fall on page 6). I would have liked a little more time to get to know Miranda and her children before they were thrust into the throes of the plot.

All in all, I enjoyed the story. It was interesting to see "justification" for some of the fundamentalist rules and get a glimpse (though fictional) into their lives and views.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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