About the Book
Book: Stranded on Sparrow
Author: Rachel Skatvold
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release date: April 26, 2022
If His eye is on the sparrow, where does that leave her?
Lia Diaz’s life has become an illusion. Fired from her perfect job, she’s living a lie to avoid censure from her critical family. So when Lia gets a call about her nana’s recent fall, she heads to Nana’s house to help out and regroup.
Things are looking up until she discovers that her childhood refuge, Nana’s home on Sparrow Island, has been condemned in the wake of Hurricane Arley. Time to regroup—again.
Getting stranded on Sparrow Island while visiting the house was not in those revised plans.
After “rescuing” his niece and a motley crew of animals, some might say Zachary Nolan has a hero complex. Zachary never thought that he would live life as a single dad. However, as a web designer he is able to spend lots of time with Violet, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. A call for help when Lia gets stranded there sends him rushing to the rescue. That hero complex thing again.
A hero and his niece offer new hope to Lia—maybe God’s eye is on Sparrow Island after all.
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About the Author
Rachel Skatvold is a Christian author and stay-at-home mom from the Midwest. She enjoys writing Christian romance and devotionals. Rachel has published over a dozen novels, including books in the Hart Ranch Series, set in the Montana wilderness and the Ladies of Ardena Series, set in medieval times. She is also a contributing author in the Whispers in Wyoming and Brides of Pelican Rapids Series. Other than writing, some of her hobbies include singing, reading and camping in the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons. You can find more information about Rachel and her books on her website: www.rachelskatvold.com.
More from Rachel
When I first saw the beautiful purple shade of the cover for Stranded on Sparrow, I knew I wanted to dedicate the book to my older sister, Jenny. Purple is her favorite color and like the main character in my book, Jenny is a talented photographer. She has taken most of my author photos and also our family photos every year. She has a good eye for choosing the right lighting and pose to perfectly complement the people she’s photographing. When my youngest son was a toddler, no professional photographer could persuade him to smile for a picture, except Jenny.
Besides her photography, Jenny was a positive role model for me growing up. She taught me how to be independent, comfortable in my own skin, and willing to try new things. She was also the person who taught me how to do my makeup. Similar to Lia in my book, Jenny’s adventurous and spunky personality makes her a fun person to be with. Through funny movie quotes, inside jokes between us and much more, she always manages to make me laugh when we are together. I am blessed to have a big sister like her.
This book is also inspired by a verse from Mathew 10:29-31. The verse says, “What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”
There is a song my mom used to sing at church when I was a child that still encourages me called, “His Eye is on the Sparrow.” It is comforting to know our Heavenly Father takes such good care of His creation and cares even more for us. Things will go wrong in life but we can have peace knowing God is in control and never abandons His children.
I hope readers have been following this series because it has become one of my favorites. Each story highlights characters and gives us a feel of family, hope and faith. This installment features Lia and Zach along with Nana and a sweet little girl named Violet. I couldn’t wait to see where our adventure would take us so I settled down into a comfy chair and began my journey.
Lia is not having a good day when she finds herself unemployed and wondering what to do next. A phone calls changes her direction and seems like an answer to prayer. I loved how excited she was to go help take care of her Nana and spend time at a place that holds good memories. I can’t imagine the shock she felt when she sees how damaged her Nana’s house is.
Zach is easy to like because he is a gentleman and has a big heart. Taking care of his niece Violet since she was a baby screams responsibility to me. Getting to know Lia is a challenge for him at times but he has patience and deep faith. His compassion for rescuing animals melted my heart. I enjoyed getting to know him better and loved his gentle spirit.
The story is a wonderful look at how someone deals with insecurity and trust. Lia has always thought that any relationship she is in will result in heartbreak. I can relate to that. I always felt that I needed to hold my emotions in so when a relationship fell apart , I was mentally ready. The beauty of this story is watching a young woman find God and truly understand what it means to be trust and have confidence in themselves.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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