Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown

July 7, 2014

in Books

flight of the sparrow

Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Belding Brown is a historical novel based on the life of Mary Rowlandson, who was captured by Native Americans during King Philips War (1675-78) and held for 11 weeks before she was ransomed.

She suspects that she has changed too much to ever fit easily into English society again. The wilderness has now become her home. She can interpret the cries of birds. She has seen vistas that have stolen away her breath. She has learned to live in a new, free way…. 

Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1676. Even before Mary Rowlandson was captured by Indians on a winter day of violence and terror, she sometimes found herself in conflict with her rigid Puritan community. Now, her home destroyed, her children lost to her, she has been sold into the service of a powerful woman tribal leader, made a pawn in the ongoing bloody struggle between English settlers and native people. Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, Mary witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her confused surprise, she is drawn to her captors’ open and straightforward way of life, a feeling further complicated by her attraction to a generous, protective English-speaking native known as James Printer. All her life, Mary has been taught to fear God, submit to her husband, and abhor Indians. Now, having lived on the other side of the forest, she begins to question the edicts that have guided her, torn between the life she knew and the wisdom the natives have shown her.

Based on the compelling true narrative of Mary Rowlandson, Flight of the Sparrow is an evocative tale that transports the reader to a little-known time in early America and explores the real meanings of freedom, faith, and acceptance.

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I do love historical fiction and this book is no exception. Mary’s character is rich and real. The story line will draw you in and keep you holding on. This was an amazing book.


0 stars – terrible
1 star – skip it
2 stars – ok
3 stars – enjoyable
4 stars – amazing
5 stars – life changing

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.


Sara July 12, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Thanks for posting this review! I am a teacher and want to sink into a great book before school starts back, I will have to check this title out! I adore historic fiction. Pope Joan and Daughters of the Sun are a couple fantastic h.f. Books if you are interested in suggestions as well.

Lindsey July 12, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Thanks for the suggestions! I am always on the lookout for my next favorite book!

Sara moons July 13, 2014 at 12:41 am

My library does not have this 🙁 so hopefully I will be the lucky one! Thanks for the opportunity

Lindsey July 14, 2014 at 1:09 am

It just came out in June. If your library is like my library, they won’t have it any time soon. Best of luck to you!

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