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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Book Review - "The Falcon and the Sparrow" by MaryLu Tyndall

By Jennifer Hudson Taylor

Book Description
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 has accepted a position as governess to the son of Admiral Chase Randal, a harsh man, still bitter over the loss of his wife. Will Dominique find the strength she needs through God to follow through with the plan to rescue her brother? Will Chase find comfort for his bitter heart in God's arms and be able to love again?

And what new deceptions will they both find in France when they arrive to carry out their plan?

My Review
This is MaryLu Tyndall's first attempt at writing a Regency romance and in my opinion she did a superb job! I would love to see her write more historicals set in this time period. The plot is thick with danger, mystery, and an intriguing conspiracy of blackmail and a desire to do what is right and how that conflicts with the heroine's Christian faith. The romance evolves at an honest and believable pace. The author does such a wonderful job of layering in descriptive details in each scene that I felt like I was watching a movie, not reading a book. MaryLu is so talented! I highly recommend it!

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