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When Sparrows Fall

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  416 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
Freedom. Safety. Love. Miranda vows to reclaim them--for herself, and for her children.

A widow and mother of six, Miranda Hanford leads a quiet, private life. When the pastor of her close-knit church announces his plans to move the entire congregation to another state, Miranda jumps at the opportunity to dissolve ties with Mason Chandler and his controlling method of rulin
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Multnomah (first published January 1st 2011)
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Apr 02, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it
Because of personal issues I struggled with since a child and my early years in a ministry run by controlling, joyless leaders, it took years for me to believe that God is just as delighted in seeing me joyful as He was in giving me life. That He reserves good gifts for me. That He cherishes me. That following Him isn’t all about a list of do’s and don’t's. That I am free to delight in and cherish Him.

This is the central issue of Meg Moseley’s debut novel, When Sparrows Fall.

Her main character,
Mar 08, 2016 Staci rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
The writing and characterization were very good. The story line itself though didn't fully capture my interest. I was constantly wondering why the topic was chosen. The author note at the end didn't shed any light on that question for me unfortunately.

As a young woman and college student, Miranda becomes involved with a radical or fanatical religious man several years older. That relationship led to years of involvement with a church that was very exclusive and restrictive.

Brother in law Jack st
Cathleen Falsani
May 28, 2011 Cathleen Falsani rated it really liked it
When Meg Moseley gave birth to her third child 20 years ago, doctors cautioned her against having any more babies, fearing that another difficult pregnancy might jeopardize her life.

So Moseley and her husband decided three was the magic number, at least for their family.

Then came an unexpected hospital visit from a couple of women who, like Moseley, had chosen to home-school their children.

These women "thought it was wrong to be limiting children, although the doctors said I was looking for trou
Mar 24, 2011 Casey rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t put this book down.

The author crafted a masterful story. Not only were the characters unique (some of the most unique I have read), but I was blown away time and time again by their fresh perspective. You “see” the world through the character’s eyes to the point I would read a description and immediately know that yes, I have seen that. The metaphors for the setting, similes between characters, it painted a beautiful picture with the words and was one reason I couldn’t stay away from
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
May 02, 2011 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: BloggingForBooks
I am SO pleased to have had the opportunity to have been introduced to Meg Mosely and her new book. She is truly a fascinating and talented author. I loved her characters flaws, I love her Godly messages, and I loved her writing style. She is a unique, new author and one that I am going to recommend to all my reader friends!

Reading how conservative Miranda's church was, reminded me alot of the church I used to go to. There was no TV allowed , things were VERY strict. That's a lot like the churc
Jun 13, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
"When Sparrows Fall" was a wonderfully written novel that captured my attention from page one and never let it go. This was a book that once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down until I reached the end.

I liked almost everything in this book, especially how Jack would call Michael and Gabriel (Miranda's two middle children) "the archangels" and that Miranda named her camera "Jezebel", because her church had forbidden her to use it to make money.

Some of the things I didn't like in the book
Kerry Johnson
Feb 11, 2014 Kerry Johnson rated it it was amazing
When Sparrows Fall is a unique, beautifully written story that was a pleasure to read and difficult to close after the last page. Meg Moseley is a gifted writer, but even more, a well-rounded, word-weaving storyteller.

Miranda Hanford is a widow with six children when an accident nearly takes her life. Her late husband's step-brother, Jack Hanford, comes into their lives afterward, offering help and healing from wounds both physical and emotional, though Jack shoulders his own set of heavy past
Jun 10, 2011 Courtney rated it really liked it
This book has me wondering just how common these sort of harsh religious beliefs are and how close they are to my neighborhood. When Sparrows Fall is about young widow Miranda who belongs to a church with these harsh beliefs and when things get to be too twisted she decides it is time to break away! Before she can do that though she gets severely injured and her husband’s half-brother Jack shows up to help!! There is so much more that goes on but I will not reveal any secrets!!

There were a lot o
Maureen Timerman
Jul 10, 2011 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-read
This was a great read about a woman fighting to regain a normal life. The Children are delightful, well mannered and a little mischievous.
Miranda surely was oppressed and has faced hardships in her life. Her husband was killed just before her last child was born. Her Church was there for her, or were they? She does have the help of her Lord, and he does answer her prayers!
I enjoyed this read and it went quite fast, and I didn't expect the ending.
Freedom. Safety. Love. Miranda vows to reclaim the
Jul 31, 2011 Jodie rated it it was amazing
Miranda is left to raise six children on her own after her husband's death. Now with the economy in a recession, her legalistic church pastor tells all the congregation members to sell their houses and move with him to a new town. But, Miranda doesn't want to move. When she has an accident and winds up in the hospital, Jack is appointed guardian over the children. However, the children have never met this uncle before and the oldest son, Timothy, is not willing to easily give up his man of the h ...more
Shonna Froebel
Nov 22, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it liked it
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 ...more
May 25, 2011 Wanda rated it it was ok
There is no doubt that Meg Moseley is a gifted writer and I am sure we will see more of her work. Her first novel, When Sparrows Fall, is an intriguing page turner about a widow whose life has been full of controlling men. Beginning with her tyrannical husband, who expected complete obedience and submission; and ending with a pastor who required a cult-like loyalty from his congregation; Miranda Hanford finds herself and her six children in a situation that she cannot escape from. Then she has a ...more
Apr 10, 2011 Margaret rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. The story is engaging as Miranda (Randi) a mother of six struggles to cope with raising six children as a widow, her overbearing Pastor and the involvement of her brother in law that she doesn't know. I love how she sticks to her principles for the things she feels strongly about, as well as allowing some latitude on the things she's used to doing but are not written in stone. The author does a great job of describing each of the children as well as giving a great fo ...more
Dan Curnutt
Mar 01, 2011 Dan Curnutt rated it it was amazing
Miranda Hanford is a wonderful character that you will fall in love with immediately. She is the widowed mother of six blond headed, home-schooled, precocious children. Her husband, Carl, died two years ago when he fell from the roof while doing repairs. Miranda was left with six children to raise on a small secluded homestead. A life insurance policy has provided just enough income to help and her church also sends a small monthly amount from the benevolence fund.

But the church is not a main s
Andi Newberry ~Tubbs
May 10, 2011 Andi Newberry ~Tubbs rated it it was amazing
First I'm going to start with the homeschooling part of the book. I homeschooled my 3 daughters for 7 years and loved every minute of it. Homeschooling is suppose to provide a unique learning environment where children can learn, and have fun doing it. In our home my girls learned their fractions by cooking, their history by reading books not a text book, multiplication with legos. We grew butterflies, frogs, praying mantises. While I had children in different grade levels because I only had 3 t ...more
I have not read a lot of Christian fiction, and was a bit wary of diving into this story about a widow with six children who is at odds with her preacher. However, I liked both Miranda and her brother-in-law, Jack, right away. Their story had flaws, and the characters could've used a bit more fleshing out, but overall I liked the book.

I have no idea if children raised without television or fiction really are so well-behaved or not - but they seemed entirely too mature to me, especially the 10-ye
Robin Patchen
Nov 12, 2012 Robin Patchen rated it it was amazing
I picked this up because it was nominated for the 2012 Carol Award, and I wasn't disappointed. In this novel, Moseley deals with a Christian in a church on the fringes of the faith, a church following a wayward and domineering pastor who is certain he is hearing from God, not only about what he should do, but about what his entire church should do. Miranda is caught in the middle. She's afraid to cross her pastor but determined to break away from him. And then when she injures herself, the broth ...more
Ane Mulligan
Feb 16, 2014 Ane Mulligan rated it really liked it
With more layers than a wedding cake, When Sparrows Fall is a complex story of a mother's devotion that will not leave you untouched. Meg Moseley's characters will climb out of the pages and into your heart. Besides the rebellious Miranda, her children include Timothy, two adorable girls, and Jack dubs her youngest boys "the archangels." As unlikely as the pairing seems, I found myself hoping for romance to bloom between Jack and Miranda, but it seems Timothy had a different idea. Thoroughly enj ...more
May 12, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was ok

I kicked the romance novel reading habit by the time I graduated college and haven’t been interested in them since, save as a mere academic curiosity. But when I noticed homeschool historian Milton Gaither’s review on a recently published Christian romance novel, I thought I’ve give the genre another try. Homeschool mother Meg Moseley, the author of When Sparrows Fall: A Novel, cited influences such as Hillary McFarland, who’s controversial blog and book Quivering Daughte
Apr 25, 2016 Lily rated it really liked it
A young widow is held in the grips of a twisted pastor and his congregation’s narrow rules by a secret that could destroy her family. Miranda is raising her six children in a bubble, sheltering them from worldly things—like fiction—until an accident brings her husband’s estranged brother into their lives.

Jack is a college professor, set on enlightening his nieces and nephews to literature and modern culture. Even though he has turned Miranda’s world on end, she is forced to rely on either Jack
Sep 03, 2014 Anna rated it it was ok
I listened to this as an audio book. The main adjective I can use to describe it is "frustrating."

It originally caught my interest because the main character was a conservative homeschooling parent, caught up in spiritual abuse by a pastor on a power trip. As a conservative homeschooling parent, I was sympathetic to her situation. But she handled things much differently than I would have expected. And the other main character, her brother-in-law Jack, was also frustrating. He was a pompous know
Jun 10, 2015 Elizabeth rated it liked it
We all have secrets and it won't be till near the end you know all the secrets of these characters. The story moves along well and the writing is smooth. I love how Jack, the brother-in-law of Miranda,a widow with 6 children, moves into their lives with such grace and love. He is surprised how much the children fill a void he didn't realize he had in his life. The children will grip your heart, too. The pastor is a viper trying to move an entire congregation to another state to hide his own sins ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Valerie rated it liked it
Interesting Was an interesting read. All Miranda Hanford wants for her and her six children is freedom from the oppressive ways that they have lived since she was 19 when she married her deceased husband. After her marriage, Miranda quickly learns that her husband and the church they attend are not what they maintain to be, however she finds herself trapped and hiding secrets. When the Church decides to move locations, Miranda begins working on a way to get out. But a serious fall results in he ...more
Feb 24, 2015 Sharon rated it really liked it
This is a fast paced story complete with villain, dashing knight and heroine. There is Miranda, a young widow with six small children and a painful secret; Jack, a divorced college professor with no children; Pastor Mason, the one you will boo and hiss. Even the six children have well developed personalities. My favorite had to be the "archangels" Michael and Gabriel.

When you know the end of the story is coming and you are anxious to get to the resolution - you really don't want the story to end
Jan 09, 2014 CMLiffengren rated it liked it
Miranda's pastor has heard from God and he's just announced that God wants them all to sell their homes and move together out of state. Widowed mother of six, Miranda finally sees a chance to escape from her controlling pastor. She quietly plots extricating herself and her family from his grip while he busies himself with the "God-anointed" move.

Jack Hanford is surprised to learn that he has been named guardian of his widowed sister-in-law's six children after she has a nasty fall. Although est
Mona Hodgson
Jun 09, 2013 Mona Hodgson rated it it was amazing
Gripping storyline. Crippling secrets. A family in need of healing. Gifted storytelling.
Apr 09, 2011 Lavender marked it as to-read
I won this book from First Reads giveaway. Should be an interesting read. Thank you.
Jun 15, 2011 Wennifred marked it as to-read
I just won a copy from Goodreads. I will write a review after I've read it. Thanks.
Apr 09, 2011 Irwin marked it as to-read
I just won as a goodreads giveaway! waiting to read it. Thanks.
Sep 23, 2014 L_manning rated it it was amazing
Miranda is a widowed mother of 6, and a member of a very strict Christian sect. When her minister says that God has told him the entire congregation must move, Miranda begins to have second thoughts about his ability to communicate with the heavens. However, her minister Mason holds a secret over Miranda's head that threatens everything she holds dear. After Miranda has an accident, her brother-in-law Jack finds out that he was named guardian of the children. Jack becomes determined to bring Mir ...more
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