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Tuesday, November 8, 2022
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Book: A Fallen Sparrow
Author: Lynne Basham Tagawa
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Release date: August 13, 2022
Ruth Haynes uses the pen name Honorius when she writes for her father’s newspaper. Boston has changed beyond recognition, and her Loyalist views soon get her in trouble. With war looming, what will their family do?
Jonathan Russell hides a guilty secret. The Battle of Bunker’s Hill sweeps him and his Shenandoah Valley family into the war. The unthinkable happens, and he’s forced to deal with both his grief—and his guilt.
Lieutenant Robert Shirley is summoned by his godmother and introduced to the Earl of Dartmouth, who charges him to gather intelligence in Boston. He is horrified but must obey.
Gritty, realistic, and rich with scriptural truth, this story features Dr. Joseph Warren, Major John André, Henry Knox, and Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton.
Lynne Tagawa is an educator and author with four sons and five grandchildren. She is the author of a narrative Texas History curriculum, Sam Houston’s Republic, and enjoys writing historical fiction. She lives with her husband in South Texas.
More from Lynne
When writing my books, I study all sorts of things: soapmaking, rifles and muskets, and horses. What breeds come to mind when you think of horses?
Here in Texas today, quarter horses are quite common, although you will find a plethora of other types: Arabians, Tennessee Walking horses, Morgans, even Friesens! Interestingly, in the 18th century, the quarter horse did not exist. Thoroughbreds (“hunters”) were fairly common as well as carriage / early draft horses: Cleveland Bays and Canadians. Narragansett pacers were popular as riding horses; George Washington was partial to pacers, and their descendants include the Tennessee Walker. Ponies and mules thrived in the backcountry.
Exotic breeds were imported as well. I included a Friesen stallion in A Fallen Sparrow because—well, because I could. Friesens were part of the ancestry of one of the very first American breeds: the Morgan.
In my stories, the horses all have names and personalities. I hope you enjoy these characters as well as my human ones!
This historical fiction story is a heavy hitter in its genre. It gives us a realistic look at a time when colonists were fighting for their rights. There is a strong emphasis on historical facts that blend well into the story. I loved how the author is able to insert historical people into the story and how they contributed to a time that was dangerous.
I remember reading about the colonies in school and how hard it was to become independent. There were those who wanted to be in charge and found ways to make laws that at times seemed unfair. The author does such a good job of bringing this time period to life, I forgot that some of it was fiction. It is not surprising to read that perhaps there were spies among the people who risked their lives to get information that was vital for freedom.
In this story we find unlikely people who are “forced to spy” for their family and keep ahead of a war that was sure to happen. I loved the interaction between characters and how faith was weaved throughout the story. If you love historical fiction I highly recommend this book. It has all the makings of a best seller that should give the author recognition that is well deserved.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.