Tuesday, November 8, 2022

“A Fallen Sparrow” by Lynne Basham Tagawa

About the Book

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.


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This book is really a book about the character’s involvement in the war. Yes, I struggled with reading this book because of the subject. I know death is part of life and war but right now this is just a hard thing to deal with right now. I really think if it’s wasn’t something I am struggling with right now this book would have been a little better for me. It is also the third book in this series and I haven’t read the first two. I think this book does a great job as a stand-alone but as for as my own personal preferences I “must” read all the books in a series in the order they are written if at possible. I really think if a reader like to read Historical Fiction that is really more Historical than fiction then they need to read this book.  This book really helps a reader understand more about what people lives where really like during war times. Yes, I admit the tears fell when certain characters  dies of wounds inflicted in battle. 

I am going to give this book a rating of 5 stars even through it was a hard book for me. The book is a realistic look at lives in war time.

I received a complimentary copy from the author and Celebrate   Lit and these opinions are my own.

About the Author

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 18thcentury, 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!

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 8

Texas Book-aholic, November 9

Holly’s Book Corner, November 9

Inklings and notions, November 10

deb’s Book Review, November 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 12

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 13

Connie’s History Classroom, November 14

Books You Can Feel Good About, November 14

Betti Mace, November 15

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 16

For Him and My Family, November 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 18

Pause for Tales, November 19

Cover Lover Book Review, November 20

Labor Not in Vain, November 21


To celebrate her tour, Lynne is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card, a signed copy of the book, and handcrafted soap based on the soap a character makes!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.




Stormy Vixen said...

Congratulations on your release of A Fallen Sparrow, Lynne, your book sounds like a book that I would love to share with my mom! Good luck with your book and the tour!

Thanks for sharing it with me and have a splendid day!

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a book I will enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Seems like a good book.

slehan said...

My brother would like this book.
Thanks for the contest.

marisela zuniga said...

This sounds like a great book to read

Roxanne C. said...

I do enjoy historical fiction so much more when it is rich in historical details. “A Fallen Sparrow” sounds ideal.

Sarah Taylor said...

Thank you for sharing this sounds like such a great book!

K said...

Thank you so much for sharing this-- I can't wait to give it a read!