Thursday, February 18, 2016

Blog Tour/Review: The Spider and the Sparrow by A.L. Sowards

The Spider and the Sparrow, by A.L. Sowards
2016, 291p, Clean Historical Fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

May 1915. After tragedy strikes during the Second Battle of Artois, Frenchman Julian Olivier will do anything to get out of the trenches. So when British Intelligence recruits him to spy behind enemy lines, he jumps at the opportunity. Just before he begins, however, he has a chance encounter with a young French woman who leaves his heart marked for the remainder of the war—even if he doesn’t know her name.

Warren Flynn is a Canadian airborne hero, and dogfights with the Germans are all in a day’s work. Second only to his love of flying is his fascination with Claire Donovan, the daughter of an American munitions manufacturer living in Paris. Warren flies Julian into Germany and soon receives orders to post the Allies’ newest operative—an attractive peasant woman named Evette—in Claire’s home.

As a dangerous ring of spies and saboteurs threatens to turn the war against the Allies, Julian discovers goodness in his enemies’ hearts. But even if he survives, will he ever be reunited with the woman whose memory he can’t erase? Will Warren survive the war, and will Evette unearth the infiltrator in her own territory before it’s too late?

This is only the second book I've read by this author, but she is quickly becoming a favorite. This book takes place during WWI and it's well researched and well written. I felt like I was witnessing what was happening firsthand.

Julian is French and wants to get out of the trenches so he becomes a spy. Before he leaves, though, he meets a French woman and continues to think about her even though he never learned her name. He lives with a German family and comes to truly care about them and what might happen to them.

Warren is a Canadian pilot who loves to visit Claire, an American living in Paris. He's pretty formal with her most of the time so she's not sure how he feels about her. When he does clue her in, her father also weighs in with his opinion, and the whole situation ends up leaving Claire confused. Evette is French and comes to live with Claire. She's a spy helping the Allies and it's dangerous work.

I loved how this story unfolded. The book takes place over the course of four years and there were situations that needed time to work themselves out. Warren, Claire, Julian and Evette's lives intersected at times and they were there for each other. There was friendship, loss, betrayal, secrets, and best of all, romance. There were a few twists that I didn't see coming and a reunion I was looking forward to for a long time. This book is fantastic and I'm looking forward to reading more from this author in the future!

Author A.L. Sowards

A.L. Sowards grew up in Moses Lake, Washington, then came to Utah to attend BYU and ended up staying. Now she's a busy mom with young kids, but she does her best to squeeze writing time in between naptime, stroller rides, and homework sessions. She enjoys reading, writing, learning about history, and eating chocolate, sometimes all at once. As an author, she is known for heart-pounding action, memorable characters, careful historical research, clean romance, and family-friendly language. Several of her novels have been Whitney Award finalists in the historical fiction category.

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Unknown said...

This sounds like a great book! Awesome review!

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