Not a Sparrow Falls by Lynnette Bonner (review by Kristi)


About the book:  Take the next stagecoach to Wyldhaven,
where the coffee’s perked hot,
the sheriff likes his apple pie fresh from the oven,
and adventure invariably waits just around the next river bend.

Schoolteacher Charlotte Brindle is relieved that her long journey from Boston to Wyldhaven is about to come to an end. And then the bullets start flying! As she sprawls on the floor of the coach and curls her arms around her head, she wonders whatever in the world possessed her to give up the civility of a Boston school for the promise of adventure on the wild frontier?!

Her fellow passenger, an elderly man named Patrick Waddell, has obviously angered the men outside. And he has no intentions of going down without a fight—or without a bargaining chip!

Sheriff Reagan Callahan grinds his teeth in frustration when Patrick Waddell emerges from the coach with the tiny slip of a schoolteacher as his hostage. Reagan’s perfectly planned-out capture has just been shot to smithereens. What had the town’s founder been thinking when he hired a woman like her? A petite and prim woman was not the kind of teacher Wyldhaven needed. He should be back at his desk drinking coffee! Instead, he now has to mount a rescue!

Published February 27, 2017, by Serene Lake Publishing


My review:  Not a Sparrow Falls is the first book in Lynnette Bonner’s new Wyldhaven series. This was my first book by this author and I can definitely say it won’t be my last. I enjoyed everything about this book and can’t wait to read the next installment in the series.

I instantly liked Charlotte, the female lead in this book. She seemed so genuine and authentic. I imagined her as someone I could be friends with. I sympathized with her for the situation in which she found herself and admired her resolve to take charge of her own life and not let others dictate what she should do. Sheriff Reagan Callahan was the perfect leading male for Charlotte. I loved the chemistry between these two and loved the way their relationship grew from the beginning of the book to the end. It was a natural progression that was easy to believe. They are one of my favorite book couples of the year!

There is a cast of supporting characters in this book that I can’t wait to read about in future books in the series. Dixie and Liora were a couple of my favorites. They have secrets that I can’t wait to find out more about. The author has done a wonderful job of creating characters you instantly care about and want to read more of.

While the storyline in this book may be typical of romances and a bit predictable at times there was a freshness about it and enough twists and turns to keep it entertaining. I liked the fact that even though there were kidnappings and shootings and all those things you would expect in the frontier west there was a lightheartedness to the story that made it a fun read.

If you enjoy stories set in the American Wild West then you will love this one. If you enjoy historical fiction and romance then you will love this book. If you’ve never read a book by this author then I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book. It is a well-written and sweet story that will leave you smiling.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are mine.


About the author:  LYNNETTE BONNER, the daughter of missionaries, was born and raised in Malawi, Africa, graduated high school from Rift Valley Academy, a boarding school in Kenya, and attended Northwest University in Washington, where she met her husband, Marty. A few years after their marriage, they moved to Pierce, Idaho. While studying the history of their little town, Lynnette was inspired to begin The Shepherd’s Heart Series with Rocky Mountain Oasis.
Marty and Lynnette have four children and currently live in Washington, where Marty pastors a church.

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