Saturday, September 27, 2008

M.L. Tyndall's The Falcon and The Sparrow ~ Reviewed

The Falcon and the Sparrow
By M. L. Tyndall
Barbour Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-60260-012-6

Review by Michelle Griep

London of 1803 is as wild as Rome before the fall of the Empire as the rich seek to feed their insatiable hunger for pleasure while ignoring Napoleon’s resurgence.

Into a dark London townhouse walks a timid woman set upon saving her brother’s life, even if it requires her to commit treason upon the country of her birth.

Admiral Chase Randal is intrigued by the new governess in his home and cannot deny that his grieving heart is beginning to awaken as he watches Dominique Dawson with his son.

Dominique loves the admiral’s son, but how can she understand an attraction for the admiral when he claims to deny the existence of God? For only through God does she find her courage to spy for France.

Once again, author MaryLu Tyndall combines history, romance and action into a must-read adventure. Fast-paced and intriguing, The Falcon and the Sparrow is hard to set down once you’ve picked it up.

Admiral Chase Randal is a little rough around the edges for a hero, but that’s what endeared me to him from the start…besides his obvious handsome physique. Tyndall brings this character to life by giving him realistic flaws that he must learn to overcome.

I never did figure out why Dominique eats so much, but I loved her nonetheless. Even when afraid and unsure, she brings her problems to God. Her faith impacts other characters’ lives even when she feels she’s done nothing to influence them in a Godly manner.

While I enjoyed the main characters, I was particularly attracted to the mysterious Dark Man who makes an appearance half-way through the story. Tyndall leaves the reader to wonder if he is an angel, which is Dominique’s opinion. At any rate, his character is a great reminder that God tangibly cares for us at all times, often in unexpected ways.

The Falcon and the Sparrow is Tyndall’s fourth novel and well worth a quick trip to the bookstore to snatch up your own copy. Plan on blocking some time off from your calendar—once you start reading, you’re not going to get to anything else you’ve planned to do that day.

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