Reviewed by Vickie McDonough
The Falcon and the Sparrow by M.L. Tyndall
"Ms. Tyndall digs deep and pens characters so real that you’ll hurt for them, cry, and cheer for them. "
Dominique Dawson considers herself shy and timid, but to save her brother’s life, she will force herself to betray her country. A position has been arranged for her as governess to the young son of Admiral Chase Randal of His Majesty’s Royal Navy. The admiral keeps certain important maps and documents concerning England’s navy locked up in his study, and Dominique is determined to find a way to retrieve those papers and exchange them for her brother, even if it means she could be hanged as a spy. Her brother is all the family she has left and nothing will keep her from freeing him, not even her own fears.
But Dominique never expected to fall in love with the admiral’s lonely six-year-old son. Nor did she expect to develop an attraction to Admiral Randal, who after the death of his wife has become withdrawn and crotchety. The longer she remains in his home, the more the admiral thaws, and the harder Dominique finds it is to steal the documents. Doing so could cause Admiral Randal to be branded a traitor or at least to be forced out of the navy, but to not take the papers means the death of her brother at the hand of the Napoleon’s lackeys. Her faith in God is strong, and she trusts Him to help her, but her mission is becoming more difficult with each passing day. Will Dominique betray the man she has quickly come to love to free the brother she dearly cherishes?
Readers have come to expect a fast-paced, swashbuckling read from author M.L. Tyndall, and her newest book, The Falcon & the Sparrow, doesn’t disappoint. From the start, Dominique’s life is in jeopardy. She is naïve but determined and quickly endears herself to the reader. Admiral Randal is the perfect hunky, hurting hero, and it’s a delight to watch his crusty shell crack in the face of Dominique’s meekness, strong faith and feisty spirit. Ms. Tyndall digs deep and pens characters so real that you’ll hurt for them, cry, and cheer for them. Unforeseen twists and turns keep the story moving along to a very satisfying ending. England comes alive from the putrid smells of the streets and bars to the lavish perfumes and beautiful gowns of the ladies at elaborate balls held by the wealthy. Faith in God is a strong theme of The Falcon & the Sparow, and Dominique proves that even a lowly sparrow is precious to God and can achieve great things.
Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written four Heartsong novels and five novellas. Her stories have placed first in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written books reviews for nearly five years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is a wife of thirty-one years, mother to four sons, and a new grandma. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. Vickie loves hearing from her readers via e-mail.