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Friday, February 2, 2024

About the Book

Book: To Love A Falcon

Author: Nancy C. Williams

Genre: Christian Historical Mystery, Fairytale retelling

Release Date: November 7, 2023

When life already seems bleak, the Russians send her to Siberia.

Aircraft mechanic Katya Morozov longs for her beloved Mikhail, a Russian naval officer, to return from war. But when an unwanted work assignment takes her far from her home into remote Siberia, Katya faces threats—perhaps because she and her father were engaged in covert protection for persecuted Christians.

A chance encounter with charming test pilot, Yuri Sokolov, turns into more than a passing acquaintance…igniting the flames of a conflict between Katya’s faithfulness to Mikhail and her growing attraction to the enigmatic pilot. Will messages from a mysterious woman in the woods give her the wisdom and strength she needs?

Yuri, who has hidden battles of his own, must likewise make a decision—does he follow his dreams or pursue the lovely mechanic who has captured his heart?

To Love a Falcon, a retelling of the Russian fairy tale “Finist the Falcon,” takes readers into the intrigues of Russian operatives, the stark landscape of Siberian winters, and the courage of those who risk death for faith and love.


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About the Author

Nancy C. Williams grew up on “Nancy Drew” books…and occasionally still tells people her middle name is “Drew,” just to get their reaction. Following in the steps of the intrepid sleuth, Williams is an adventure enthusiast who loves hiking, snow-skiing, taking photos, sharing a good laugh, and and enjoying a good mystery. She’s a history buff, too, with an affinity for antiques and fascinating stories from the past. Her writing career began with five years in the “Mad Men” world of ad agencies, crafting ads and commercials for ceiling fans, soft drinks, and pest control, among others. Then, during nearly a decade of editorial work at Federal Express headquarters, Williams traveled the globe (often in FedEx jet cockpits) and collected memories of international cultures. She also taught PR at a Christian college for a decade, sharing strategies and practices to the next generation of professionals. These days, blogs and novels are at the top of her “fun stuff to-do” list. She’s serious, though, about serving Jesus Christ…as a prayer warrior and writing for God’s glory, striving to encourage others on their spiritual journeys. When she’s not writing, look for her on the Appalachian Mountain trails with her beloved husband and mini-schnauzer.

More from Nancy

Want to know more about the real-life murder of a Russian naval officer…during a top-secret World War II mission? It’s a fascinating story that sparks even more questions, such as, what if the slain officer had a fiancée back home who didn’t know he was killed?

“To Love a Falcon” is a historical fiction novel set against the backdrop of life in post-WWII Siberia, the persecution of Christians by an anti-religious régime, and the plight of loved ones left at home who waited for lost soldiers. There’s a dash of suspense, romance, and fairy-tale lore thrown into the mix, too!

My father-in-law, who served in the U.S. SeaBees for the top-secret mission, had shared some of the details about the murder…and, I knew an old Russian fairy tale called “Finist the Falcon” that would serve as the perfect template for telling his story. I have my own personal story from Siberia (my husband and I adopted our son from there in 1999), but I learned many more interesting facts during research about this mysterious, challenging place—still largely uninhabited to this day. Our son, who is now a pilot, also helped tremendously in delving into the MiG-9, the first jet-powered fighter aircraft developed in Russia.

I hope you’ll join me on this adventure into the risks of untested flight…the murderous threats of anti-religion zealots…the relationship between a plucky female aircraft mechanic and a charming test pilot…and the possibilities of love and forgiveness in a snowy wilderness. Maybe you’ll fall in love with Siberia, too!


I really enjoyed this story that takes place in Siberia during post WWII. Katya is an aircraft mechanic whose skills are very impressive. She hasn’t heard from her beloved Mikhail in so long she becomes concerned. When she receives an unsettling request to go to a secret place to work she becomes very concerned. Who will take care of her father and those that  they are helping from danger? I felt the intensity climbing as Katya must face a new assignment in a dangerous and unknown place. It would be very scary to leave everything you are familiar with and go somewhere that  you are not allowed to share with anyone. Faith will be tested in this story of intrigue. 

Katya’s unsettling encounter with an older woman in the woods brings her words that she needs to hang on to. The woman  tells her, “You must step out in faith and never look back. You have enemies and they are powerful. But our God is more powerful.” Those words give Katya the encouragement she needs to face her new journey. A very important gift is given to her which made me cry. God was there with her and would see her through whatever lay ahead.

As the top secret mission is revealed Katya is surrounded by people she doesn’t know. Will this mission   place  her in harm’s way? It is unsettling when a man she doesn’t know starts to show interest in her. He stares at her and always seems to be near her. Yuri was intriguing and will prove to be important to Katya as the story unwinds. With harsh weather and terrain this story is quite an adventure. 

I liked how the author details flaws in both Katya and Yuri. There is definitely an attraction brewing. Katya struggles because her heart still yearns for Mikhail. The battle of faith and trust is strong  in the story and the ending is well you have to read the book to find out. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Artistic Nobody, January 25 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, January 25

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, January 26 (Author Interview)

An Author’s Take, January 27

For Him and My Family, January 28

By The Book, January 29 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, January 29

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 30 (Author Interview)

Locks, Hooks and Books, January 31

Simple Harvest Reads, February 1 (Author Interview)

Holly’s Book Corner, February 1

Texas Book-aholic, February 2

Tell Tale Book Reviews, February 3 (Author Interview)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 4

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, February 5

Through the Fire Blogs, February 6 (Author Interview)


To celebrate her tour, Nancy is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of the book and a $25 Amazon card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Thanks so much for including me on your website for the "To Love a Falcon" Celebration Tour and for your very very kind words! Hope your readers enjoy the story, too. Blessings to you in 2024!

  2. How do you decide on the point of view of your stories?

    1. Hi Tracie! I like to make it easy on the reader by putting the character’s name as a header each time the POV switches. Then the story becomes a series of multiple stories as seen through each character’s eyes. Hope this appeals to you!

    2. Those comments were from me! Have fun reading in 2024! Nancy C Williams

  3. I think the character of Katya is very brave.

    1. Roxanne, Katya doesn’t think she’s very brave…but her encounter with a “messenger” reminds her that her real strength is from the Lord…that He is the source of true courage. Hope she inspires you…in a way I’d like to emulate, too! Blessings, Nancy Williams

  4. This looks like a great novel. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

    1. Hi Michael! Hope you get a chance to read it! And you still have lots of chances to enter the contest. Go for it! Blessings to you in your 2024 reading! Nancy Williams