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Geen musje zal vallen (Second Chances Collection #1)

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,459 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
Toen haar familie vijf jaar geleden uit elkaar viel na de dood van haar moeder, zocht Mary Bridget Washburn haar toevlucht bij de jongen van wie ze hield. Met hem belandde ze in de wereld van de drugsfabricage. Nu is ze moe van haar lege bestaan, altijd op de vlucht. Ze wil niets liever dan een gewoon, geregeld leven, met een eerlijke baan en een dak boven haar hoofd. Als ...more
Paperback, 394 pages
Published April 22nd 2004 by Kok (first published January 1st 2002)
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Feb 18, 2013 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This looks and feels like a chick book. But, as a guy I think a lot of guys are gonna miss a great story if they think too narrowly about this genre. I'm becoming a fan of modern Christian fiction. I never thought that would happen as I am most often disappointed with "Christian" story telling especially in film... (which isn't to say that their aren't great Christian films). In this book there is the usual predictability, but it is engaging to see how things work out. Plus the element of faith ...more
Kelly Hager
May 08, 2010 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are two main storylines here--Mary Bridget is on the run from her old life (she purchased supplies to make meth; she didn't actually make the meth herself--that was Jonah, her scary boyfriend) and eager to start over; she gives herself the name Bridie (after Bridget--her mom's name and her middle name). And Alisdair is at loose ends with his three children (teenage Samantha and twin toddlers Bonnie and Cameron) after his wife and their mother died two years ago, shortly after the twins' bi ...more
Elizabeth Olmedo
Feb 06, 2014 Elizabeth Olmedo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am happy to add Not a Sparrow Falls to my library. A fun and easy read, I finished it in a day. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Mary Bridget and Alasdair are loveable characters that despite their mistakes the reader can’t help rooting for them. Everyone makes bad choices in their lives. Stories like Not a Sparrow Falls give us the hope that second chances exist.

While the reader knows who will end up with whom; the predictability by no means detracts from the story. I really enjoyed th
Found the first part rather disjointed and haphazard as the author introduced the characters in about the first 1/4 of the book. The last 3/4 of the book which focused on the story line was well done. The characters had depth and faced current issues that aren't the run of the mill topics in Christian fiction. The thread of second chances and grace that were woven throughout the storyline were well done.
Judy Short
A great book.This book is about second chances. Bridie , the heroine of the story, seems to find herself on the wrong side of the law. With her running , she manages to stumble upon a Minister with secrets and problems of his own.Can she manage to help open the minister's eyes and help out before any disaster strikes? Bridie often talks of her grandmother's faith and her favorite song ,His Eye is on the Sparrow.This reminds me that our God is a God of second chances.In the book of Matthew , He t ...more
Mar 14, 2010 Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t come across many novels where the subject is not heavily covered in today’s Christian market, but the author does it with such strength and ability to craft a memorable story. Not only was this story captivating, it left me with memorable characters and a story line that will resound with me for time to come.
NOT A SPARROW FALLS is not a fast read. It requires a willingness to really delve into it, but once I entered the story world, I couldn’t leave. The situations the heroine found hers
Nora St Laurent
Jul 10, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Linda Nichols is my new favorite author. She has a special way of telling a story that brings the characters and their situation to life. Not a Sparrow Falls relates to the scripture about the Lord providing for the sparrow how much more does he care about you. This is novel will pull at your heart-strings and won’t let go. If you take the message of the story to heart it could be life changing. These characters and their situation stayed with me long after I read the last word. I can’t stop tal ...more
Angie H
This book started off a little slow but then really picked up!
An enjoyable read about God's mercy and grace and Second Chances!
Gail Smith
Feb 13, 2013 Gail Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although this book was a little slow to get into at the beginning, it quickly picked up my interest and then I could not put it down! Loved how the author weaves in God's care and sovereignty and the Scripture, " He who has begun a good work in you will complete it." came to fruition. Highly recommend it.
Jan 19, 2014 Hilary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary Bridget might be living away from her family, and somewhat reluctantly is part of a drug-dealer's setup, but she can't forget her grandma's teaching. When she sees a chance to get away she flees her past and her present, finding a way to start again under another name.

But then she sees someone who really needs help, who's crying out for help, and feels the tug of God's Spirit telling her that *she* can make a difference. Slowly, she begins to connect with the family of a widowed minister, d
Jul 02, 2014 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this powerful story of redemption and love, a prodigal young woman from the hills of Virginia flees the men who have lured her away from a godly upbringing into a life of desperation. Taking on a new identity, Mary Bridget Washburn escapes to the bustling city of Alexandria. There her path crosses that of Alasdair MacPherson, a widowed pastor with three young children and daunting problems of his own. Mary Bridget longs to bring happiness to the deeply troubled family, but she seems an unlike ...more
Corlene Dorrington
Apr 03, 2014 Corlene Dorrington rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian women (don't think the guys will like it)
Shelves: bookclub-books
My summary:

Mary Bridget Washburn and Alasdair Robert McPherson's lives and circumstances cannot be more contrastive - she in her most desolate, dark night and he in a sweat-and-blood struggle to keep the light shining as bright as possible. Yet, inevitably, they both reach that place where it is either jump now or go over the edge.

"Two desperate people - one with all the answers... one with none" (from the back of the book's cover)


The story beautifully illustrates how God works in all of o
Jun 23, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 11, 2010 Lorie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary Bridget Washburn was tired of running, tired of being haunted by he empty shell her life had become. How in the world did the little girl she's once been now become a woman on the wrong side of the law? Determined to make a new start, she escapes to the quaint city of Alexandria, VA, where she finds sanctuary in the shadow of a decades-old church. The pastor of that church has secrets of his own to hide, blind and numb to his own problems and the growing anguish of his motherless family. In ...more
May 17, 2010 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Linda Nichols
Publisher: Bethany House
2002, reissued February 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0747-3
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary women’s fiction

Mary Bridget Washburn is tired of living life as a druggie’s woman. Her boyfriend spends all his time out in the back shop making “candy” and another man has been eyeing her. Mary knows its just a matter of time before this other man makes his move.
But neither man trusts Mary with money. Maybe they know if she has any she’ll r
Jun 06, 2010 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently received the book Not a Sparrow Falls by Linda Nichols from Bethany House to review. In the story, Mary learns 100 Bible verses as a little girl that she begins to cling to for hope. She unsuccessfully tries to keep her family together after her mother's death. Soon after her brother and sisters are taken, Mary finds herself in a life of crime because of one bad decision after another. She runs, trying to escape from danger and the life she desperately wants out of, and lands in the t ...more
Mar 22, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-author, free-nook
Believing she is escaping from an abusive father, Mary runs off with her boyfriend Jonah. Unfortunately she ends up involved with manufacturing meth, and Jonah is psychotic under the influence. She carefully plans her escape, steals Jonah's money and tips off the police. She flees to Alexandria and assumes her mother's identity and takes the name Bridie. When circumstances lead her to a job as a nanny to the children of a widowed pastor, she only plans to stay for a short time. What she didn't p ...more
Sherri Smith
Apr 19, 2013 Sherri Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book that once I started, and got into the gist of it, all I wanted was to find out the rest of the story and finish it. To be honest, the first chapter almost made me totally skip reading it, but fortunately, I went past it and delved into the next few chapters. From there, I was hooked. At the end of the book, I understood then the purpose of the first chapter. But at the time, it distracted me from reading.

Essentially the story is of Bridie, also known as Mary. She’s been drawn int
Apr 28, 2010 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bethany-house
Mary is scared and in over her head. Not knowing where to turn, she escapes, however the freedom she finds is only partial as she is haunted by the sins of her past. It isn't until she reaches out to a troubled young girl from a family stricken with pain that she begins to piece her disjointed life back together and in doing so learns what it means to love again. In Linda Nichols book, Not a Sparrow Falls Mary Washburn leaves behind her given name and assimilates to the name of her mother, Bridg ...more
Mar 14, 2013 Kaylee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone has their own secrets and those secrets can often be the
cause of emotional, physical, or spiritual damage. In Not a Sparrow
Falls,author Linda Nichols explores what the dangers of well-kept

Mary Bridget Washburn is on the run from an angry ex-boyfriend and The Law.

Reverend Alasdair Robert MacPherson is on the run from his own past.

Both are skilled at hiding their emotions from everyone around them.

Mary Bridget used to go to church every Sunday with her grandma, mama,
brother and si
Dec 28, 2012 Yiya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bridie is a young woman that has been part of a drug dealing group and, although she has not used the drugs herself, her reputation has been tainted; her old days living in a godly way are gone. Fearing for her life, she runs away and assumes her late mother's identity, ending up in Adelia, where she becomes the nanny for the three children of the widowed Presbyterian reverend. It all began when she went to the church and tried to find some answers, but sees Samantha, the reverend's oldest daugh ...more
Deb Todd
Jul 02, 2014 Deb Todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by this author. I had never heard of the author, but the book was recommended by someone in a reading group that I am a part of. I must say Linda Nichols is a gifted writer right up there with the likes of Francine Rivers. In fact, her writing style and the way she develops the characters reminds me of River's work. I have ordered two more books written by Linda Nichols, and I'm excited to start reading those. If you haven't read any of her books, check them out.
Sep 04, 2007 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rebelli ...more
Jun 02, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book starts with an elderly woman praying through the night. Hattie sees a vision of one of God's people in battle and she fights with everything she has--in prayer. This kicks off a key theme of prayer. The conversations between God and the characters were moving and powerful. I loved the messages that each one brought. This was a story of growth and faith not only in the main characters but also in many of the secondary ones. Each of the characters was well-written with depth of emotion a ...more
Laura Carter
Feb 05, 2014 Laura Carter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've had this book on my Kindle for a while but never read it because I typically like historical fiction over contemporary. I only read it because GoodReads suggested it. I'm glad I did! The book was very powerful and touching. It had real life situations bad feelings and didn't sugar coat anything. I appreciated that the love story was a side plot and was not over done. I will definitely recommend this book to others and look for other books by this author.
Sep 29, 2014 Carla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting this book to be so serious (as in, not humorous)because I had previously read the author's romantic comedy The Handyman (which I love). That aside, she writes well and develops the story well, but it has a very depressive feeling through a lot of it; I'm guessing so she can show a contrast between before and after the conversion experience.
Lori Sagala
Sep 18, 2014 Lori Sagala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lives reclaimed

This story is one I've read several times, each time I read it, my joy @ being reminded of the love & acceptance of God's love over flows my whole being. The author does a wonderful job of vividly expressing the lows, highs, and uncertainties of life. Each emotion is felt all the way to the toes. Well worth the time to read.
Barbara Brink
Dec 14, 2013 Barbara Brink rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you've ever felt at the end of your rope, hopeless, lost, alone, that God could never forgive you for what you've done or become, this is the book for you. Or if you just like books with real depth and well-rounded characters. This is a great read.
Linda Nichols always manages to take us into the true hearts of people; behind their facades, the walls they put up, and the faces they show the world. "Not a Sparrow Falls" is the journey of a young woman running from the law and her meth-abusing
Jun 04, 2010 Carman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most touching books I’ve read in a long time. I very much enjoyed reading it. In a few places it seemed a little slow, but it would quickly pick back up. This book is not a romantic one, but there is a romance. The thing that I liked so much about this book was that it deals with a lot of important issues. It was interesting to read about Alasdair and how he got so caught up in something he didn’t even want in the first place. Isn’t it interesting how once we have something we ...more
Feb 13, 2013 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love stories of SECOND CHANCES. Many characters in this wonderful story get a second chance at life.

Lorna, the aunt who is paying off the debts of a bad first marriage, yet has sacrificed herself to the extreme to care for the children. Winifred, given all mother's glass figures and antiques, now serves with a humbleness. Bob wasn't planning to make a career change so suddenly when he had that article printed. The public defender switches sides, to prosecutor. Jonah Porter gets what he deserv
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