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The Falcon and the Sparrow

by Marylu Tyndall

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M.L. Tyndale weaves a suspenseful tale, intertwining history drama to her plot of a governess who must deceive her employer to save her brother. Her deception goes against her beliefs and her heart, yet her desire to help her brother controls her. She feels lost, alone and desperate, but learns to stand for what is truth in spite of secrets she must hide. Withholding truth, inspite of the misunderstanding that comes from it.

Because of POV changes within scenes, it was confusing to know who was thinking.

Description sometimes became the focus, rather than intertwining it within the action, but helped to anchor the setting.

A compelling read that allowed an escape to a different time.

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  Sonya.Contreras | May 21, 2017 |
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 bunch of leering and lecherous aristocratic men, or jealous and snobbish aristocratic women one of whom was after the hero who was really falling for Dominque, a woman hiding the truth about her past or identity, and a hero who has lost his belief in God because of suffering or difficult circumstances. Not an especially original characterization in the case of the last, and the former giving the impression of a somewhat formulaic or cliché ridden story. Also, the consistent depiction of almost all wealthy/aristocratic characters in such a way does make me wonder if author dislikes the upper classes as a whole.

The romance was fairly typical for the genre with a nice Christian partner falling for the hurting and unavailable/unsuitable other half. There were too many coincidental nocturnal encounters in unbuttoned shirts or only a nightgown for my liking, and the romance bordering on inappropriate or verging on the racy or even obscene. The attempted rape scene was almost enough to tip it over the edge- there are other novels which involve such things, but the way they were written did not seem obscene stomach- turning. With everything I did feel uncomfortable reading the novel on some occasions. Not good for Christian fiction.

I’m not certain how accurate the setting was, and the historical details were at times interesting, but other deficiencies detracted from this. As with other books, I felt the descriptions of the supposed dirt, unhealthiness, unpleasantness and squalor which supposed blighted most cities throughout the ‘old days’ was exaggerated and overdone. Even affluent areas like St James’ Park stinking of manure, seriously? As for Dominique wondering around seedy areas of London alone at night-well I understand she could not help it, and such scenarios are common in fiction.

Dominque's nocturnal wanderings in seedy areas of London seemed a common enough occurrence for some books in this genre. Yet not clever at all so her almost getting into trouble was hardly a surprise- until the mysterious man who was quite obviously an angel appeared to protect her.
I don’t mean to appear facetious or irreverent, as the scripture does teach God can send angels to protect his people, but this happened in Veil of Pearls too so it seems to be quite a frequently used device, almost making it seem like people could knowingly put themselves in dangerous or compromising situations, but if they were a Christians they did not need to worry as their angel would appear.

I thank the author for emailing me the Kindle edition after alerting her to a copy uploaded to the internet without authorization, but due to two bad reading experiences I sadly do think I will steer clear of her books in future.
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  Medievalgirl | Oct 4, 2016 |
At first I was really worried. This book is SO MUCH like my book, The Governess, that page after page I worried and worried. I'm so glad to say that it's as unique and different as mine, but with so many similarities. Obviously, MaryLu is a woman after my own heart. I'm guessing we read a lot of the same books growing up. :)

I enjoyed The Falcon and the Sparrow and the twists and turns and the romance. I always enjoy the spiritual guidance and strength MaryLu's characters have. Wonderful read!

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  ElliseWeaver | Apr 19, 2013 |
At first I was really worried. This book is SO MUCH like my book, The Governess, that page after page I worried and worried. I'm so glad to say that it's as unique and different as mine, but with so many similarities. Obviously, MaryLu is a woman after my own heart. I'm guessing we read a lot of the same books growing up. :)

I enjoyed The Falcon and the Sparrow and the twists and turns and the romance. I always enjoy the spiritual guidance and strength MaryLu's characters have. Wonderful read!

~Ellise ( )
  ElliseWeaver | Apr 19, 2013 |
Absolute on the edge of your seat, page turner, with unexpected twists and turns full of wonderful action until the end! [book: 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 known so far as being very accurate. After having recently seen the film "Amazing Grace" and reading the book [book: Once Blind] it was nice again in this story to see a dear friend John Newton. This book is incredible. It is definitely on my favorite list. Through out the whole story I was curious and clueless as to how things could and would pan out. I definitely recommend this story for lovers of history, and those who crave adventure. There are spys, ball room dances, building, danger on the streets of London, sword fights, threats to one' honor and more. Oh it's just fabulous! ( )
  cherryblossommj | Dec 14, 2009 |
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This story is dedicated to everyone who has ever felt too timid, too weak, and too insignificant to be used by God for a grand purpose.
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Dover, England, March 1803
Dominique Celine Dawson stepped off the teetering plank of the ship and sought the comfort of solid land beneath her feet, knowing that as she did, she instantly became a traitor to England.
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Follow the trail of Dominique Dawson, a reluctant spy who is forced to betray England or never see her brother again. As she takes a position as the governess of a Rear Admiral's son, her real mission is to gather intelligence information for Napoleon. Chase Randal, irresistibly drawn to his son's new governess, reluctantly allows the attraction to grow. Is there a future for the spy and the rear admiral? Or will Dominique's deception crush any prospect of a lasting happiness? --from publisher description.… (more)

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