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The Falcon and the Sparrow

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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  744 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Set your sails for an engrossing, fast-paced adventure of intrigue, passion, and betrayal upon the historic shores of Britain.
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Barbour Publishing (first published August 1st 2008)
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Natalya
I love a good christian/ historical fiction, but this was not good christian/historical fiction. Oh it wasn't the writing, or the plot so much. It was the characters and their relationships and the way they handled situations. The characters never looked for an alternate way to fix their problems, never examined the way they kept making the same stupid mistakes. The romantic angle felt stilted and set up. The lead man and lady always fell into these really awkward situations and neither of them ...more
 ❀ Minesha ❀
What in the world ??

The whole book was so good and then the last 20 pages made me - ARGGGHH!!!!!

Of course the girl gets the boy,
BUT
the girl's brother dies saving her.

I mean you spend the whole book trying to save your brother and then he just point blank dies....

And then it turns out that the villain loved the boy all along and now that he is dead, the villain decides to become good.

*Grits teeth*
Renee
From the pen of MaryLu Tyndall, best known for her pirate romance comes The Falcon and the Sparrow. A quiet but beautiful governess and a tortured Admiral meet in this fascinating tale of espionage, secrets, and love. The characters make you fall in love and the drama tears at your heart.

Dominique Dawson, daughter of a British naval officer has no choice but to spy upon the household of Admiral Chase Randal under the guise of a governess. In order to save her brother Marcel from the grasp of a t
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Margaret
Jul 15, 2010 Margaret rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventureous romantics
Recommended to Margaret by: CFBA, FIRST Wild Card
Absolute on the edge of your seat, page turner, with unexpected twists and turns full of wonderful action until the end! The Falcon and the Sparrow is a masterful book taking place in London during the Napoleonic wars with France. The imagery presented by Tyndall is incredible. I could picture every scene, the people, places, and the food. I could smell the sea water and rain as well a hint of the other not so pleasant smells. London was given a full picture that agrees with all history I have k ...more
Frank
M.L. Tyndall’s The Falcon and the Sparrow

Winner of the Road to Romance Reviewers Choice award for her novel The Redemption, MaryLu Tyndall deserved it—and more. Her fiction made her a 2007 nominee for the prestigious Christy Awards. The fact that she did not win means there are some judges due some slaps!
Now that her Legacy of the King’s Pirates series is concluded, Ms Tyndall’s newest offering, The Falcon and the Sparrow, came available in August. Expect to see her name again on the list of C
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Michelle
ABOUT THE BOOK

When Mademoiselle Dominique Dawson sets foot on the soil of her beloved homeland, England, she feels neither the happiness nor the excitement she expected upon her return to the place of her birth. Alone for the first time in her life, without family, without friends, without protection, she now faces a far more frightening prospect, for she has come to the country she loves as an enemy-a spy for Napoleon.

Forced to betray England or never see her only brother alive again, Dominique
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Camilla Cruz
The Falcon and the Sparrow- What an adventure! I was captivated from the beginning! I was led on the journey of the characters, and driven to complete it all in a day and a half. Not even that, I suppose. I must admit that I abandoned many of my responsibilities, as I could not seem to concentrate on anything until I made my way through to the end.

Mystery, intrigue, romance, and a journey of faith, forgiveness, and love… There is more danger than calm, more heated angst and misunderstanding and
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Janelle
Loved it! Mary Lu Tyndall writes books the way I like them. Darn near perfection in my mind. I read this book in a single day it was that good.

Again, cheesy book cover but she has no control over that one, so no fault there Mary Lu! Glad they are improving her covers these days.
Alexa
What I liked about the story:
The heroine was fearful yet there was strength appeared whenever the situation forced her. I guess this was like a journey of strength for her.
Even though the little brother died, somehow I saw that in reality we could never get what we desired, often God has other things arranged for us even though not to our preference; but still we should learn that God is God and He knows better than us. perhaps at the moment we protest to God; but if we only let Him to do what
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Toni Miranda
great story - just too sappy! If I had to read one more discription of the admiral in his "tight pants" I was going to puke!
Pegg
I like MaryLu Tyndall's stories. This is the third of her books I have read. It's the first one I've read that she self-published. The story is very good and I recommend it. But it could have benefited from an editor. There are places where words are missing, where boots change to shoes and then back to boots again, where a minor character's name switches spelling a couple of times. Nothing that diminishes the story, but all things that jarred me out of it for a few moments. I wouldn't be surpri ...more
Christin
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anna
The second book I have read by Marylu Tyndall was sadly a disappointment. I didn’t really enjoy Veil of Pearls and but gave The Falcon and the Sparrow a chance, one reason being that it is the only one of her novels set in Britain, but also because I did not want to give up on her work completely.

It had a promising beginning and premise, but was neither an especially good spy cum mystery novel nor a quality romance. In some respects, it had many parallels with the other, including assorted bunc
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Diana
M.L Tyndall draws you in quickly in The Falcon and The Sparrow. I believe this is by far my favorite from Tyndall. The Falcon and The Sparrow seems different than her other books to me. I have enjoyed all of her other book, but this one had me feeling it in the pit of my stomach. Dominique and Chase are such amazing characters. Chase is bitter after his wife’s death and becomes cold and almost heartless. He avoids his son like a plague because he reminds him of his wife. Chase and his friends dr ...more
BlueJeansAndTeacups
•o•:**:•. A GOOD, FAITH FILLED READ.•:**:• o•

I quite enjoyed this book. It was my first time reading this author and the story was so refreshing to me. It was filled with faith and God, which I have found surprisingly not all Christian authors are willing to write. If I buy Christian, I want it to BE Christian. Further this book touched on angels, which I found both interesting and uplifting.

This book takes place in the early 1800s, during the time when Napoleon is starting to rear his ugly hea
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Margaret Metz
I want to write a review about this one too... but I haven't slept in two days and I'm not nearly "brainy" enough to do it justice at the moment.

Let me just say it makes my absolute favorites list. I couldn't put it down once I picked it up! The romance was incredible. I could hardly breathe at moments wondering what would happen next. The title was awesome because I could just see them as those two birds at the beginning.

The writing here was... so wonderful. I could see, hear, smell, and feel
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Stacey
MaryLu Tyndall creates another romantic historical fiction masterpiece in “The Falcon and the Sparrow”. This tale of espionage, intrigue and romance will take the reader captive from the first page! In the time of Napoleon’s rise to power as Emperor or France, Dominique Dawson is caught between two worlds: her homeland of England and the homeland of her Mother, France. When her brother is captured by Napoleon’s men, she is forced to return to England to spy for France. She secures employment in ...more
Tracy
This single novel, "The Falcon and the Sparrow", written by MaryLu Tyndall has lots of action, trickery, and romance. The sparrow, Dominique Dawson, is forced to become a spy for France by them keeping her only brother captured. The falcon, Admiral Chase Randal, needs a governess for his son, William, after three years of his deceased wife, so he can still be out at sea. Dominique becomes the governess William needs, but in the process she is also sent to steal the Admiralty documents from Chase ...more
Tina Rice
Falcon and the Sparrow***** e-book by MaryLu Tyndall

Dominique Dawson has become a spy—a reluctant spy; but what choice does she have when the life of her brother is at stake. Can she actually betray England? In order to obtain intelligence information, she takes a governess position for 6 year old William, son of Rear Admiral Chase Randal. Much is at stake, but can she actually gather information and pass it along betraying England or even save her brother? What of the family she works for and h
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Janice Dick
Some interesting historical background to this story, several well-developed characters, an appropriate setting and a tension-filled storyline. I had a problem with the female lead in that she didn't always act consistently. Perhaps the problem was inconsistency between who she was and who she appeared to be, but I still felt unsettled by it. Otherwise a nice read.
Sandra
This is a wonderful historical Christian fiction. The history is well researched for the time period involved. Moral issues are touched on but things don't get preachy at all. Lots of action, suspense, and intrigue, with plenty of twists and turns. The characters are well developed and true to life and believable. You care about them and want the best for them. Everything is so full of life, the imagery of the settings, plot line, dialogue, you are right there with them every step of the way. Th ...more
Susan Snodgrass
This was a wonderful story by Mary Lu Tyndall, one of my most favorite authors. I love how she never shies away from the deep truths in God's Word, spiritual warfare being one of them.

Her books never cease to amaze me at the depth of her love for God.

Rachel
The Falcon and the Sparrow is not part of a series.
Dominique is forced to become a spy for France, in order to save her brother. Chase is still affected by his wife's death and finds it hard to be a father to their son. He also has to battle the advances of Ms. Markham, whom he does not love. Dominique becomes Chase’s son’s governess.
Chase falls in love with Dominique, and she with him. Chase is informed there might be a spy in his household, which he cannot believe. Chase starts to lay traps to
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Dominique works as a governess for William, whose the son of an Admiral. But Dominique is there for a reason. I liked the writing style and the descriptions of the setting. The book was an interesting read.
Queen Susan the Gentle
"The Falcon and the Sparrow" by M.L. Tyndall is now one of my favorite books. When I first started it, I had no idea that I was to instantly fall in love with the characters, and stay motivated to read it. But I got all the way through. Now there were some things in this book I found a little inappropriate...Mrs. Barton's rude attitude toward Dominique in the beginning, and some other things. But I did however like the fact that Dominique was a Christian, and stayed faithful to God through the w ...more
Ali
The Falcon and the Sparrow kept me nose deep in pages, that's for sure! MaryLu Tyndall never disappoints me, and she is one of the best writers in Christian fiction. I have read this book twice now and will gladly do it again thirty more times! Domonique was such a sweet, and endearing character that I greatly admired. The Admiral was the hero every girl likes, but he also had a past that haunted him, which made him even more intriguing. There were parts in this book where I held my breath, lau ...more
Mystica
Light entertaining read. Convoluted story of spies, drama and romance which all ends well.
Lynnda Ell
Not every book requires the highest calibur of writing to be enjoyable. The Falcon and the Sparrow lacks the depth and sparkle to be a memorable book, and it sags a little in the middle. Still, it is an enjoyable story with a strong sense of time and place, a plot that works, and nicely developed characters. My favorite aspect of the story is the skill with which Ms. Tyndall shows the way God works in even the shyest person who commits her ways to Him. I reccomend The Falcon and the Sparrow to h ...more
Betsy Tieperman
Outstanding book, full of drama, suspense, and clean romance.
Heather Manning
This is another wonderful book of MaryLu Tyndall's! I was entertained through the whole book and I absolutely loved all of the characters. It was written so well that it almost felt as if I were going through the same emotions and doubts as Dominique, the heroine. I admired Chase and his son, William. Dominique was a great character, and different from a lot of the stereotypical characters you sometimes see in historical fiction. This book kept me up at night, anxious to read about Dominique and ...more
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M.L. Tyndall (MaryLu) grew up on the shores of Southern Florida dreaming of romance and adventure upon the sea. She now lives with her husband, six children, and four cats in Northern California where she writes inspirational adventure romance novels. MaryLu's novels have been praised for their fast-paced action, strong inspirational messages, and incredibly vivid settings. Her first novel, The Re ...more
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