Heart wrenching, beautiful, compelling, the essence of A Nest of Sparrows, by Deborah Raney, is fatherhood. Wade Sullivan, left to care for his fiancé’s children, is the father of their hearts. But they have a biological father, too.
The children don’t understand ‘biological,’ they only know they want to be with Wade. Wade struggles to care for three children after his fiancé’s death. Money is tight, his cooking is bad, day care is a problem, and the children are angry and difficult. Some days he can’t remember why he ever took on three grief-stricken kids.
And then bio-dad, Darrin, comes to the door and wants them back. Wade remembers the horror stories of his abuse to his fiancé and vows to keep the children out of Darrin’s clutches.
Raney doesn’t give us pat answer and clichés. She brings a great deal of honesty to her story, dealing with the realities of custody and parent’s rights, biased judges and expensive lawyers. In the end it is left up to God to hold His children in the palm of His hand. As always, God is faithful. – Mary Connealy, Christian Book Previews.com
His Fiancée Was the One Woman He’d Loved. Her Children Are All He Has Left.
Reserved contractor Wade Sullivan never expected to fall in love with Starr Parnell or to love her three small kids as if they were his own. But that’s exactly what happened. As their wedding draws near, however, tragedy strikes–and Wade must put aside his own grief in order to help Starr’s children cope.
As Wade focuses his efforts on caring for the children, he discovers that their tender, young lives give tremendous meaning to his own broken one. Then Starr’s abusive ex-husband shows up to claim the offspring who barely remember him–and Wade prepares for the fight of his life.
Will Anyone Believe His Claim to Love the Children More than Their Father Loves Them?
A powerful novel of loss and discovery, courage and grace, A Nest of Sparrows masterfully illustrates one man’s struggle to know when to fight, when to let go, and when to simply wait.