When Mademoiselle Dominique Dawson sets foot on the soil of her beloved homeland, England, she feels neither the happiness nor the excitement she expected upon her return to the place of her birth. Alone for the first time in her life, without family, without friends, without protection, she now faces a far more frightening prospect, for she has come to the country she loves as an enemy-a spy for Napoleon. Forced to betray England or never see her only brother alive again, Dominique has accepted a position as governess to the son of Admiral Chase Randal, a harsh man, still bitter over the loss of his wife. Will Dominique find the strength she needs through God to follow through with the plan to rescue her brother? Will Chase find comfort for his bitter heart in God's arms and be able to love again? And what new deceptions will they both find in France when they arrive to carry out their plan?
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Dominique Celine Dawson
Brief Description: Dominique is average in height, petite and thin. She wears her long chestnut hair
Dominique is tall, sleek and yet she possesses an inherent innocence. She's attractive but she doesn't know it. She has no idea how to use her feminine charms to her advantage. In a room full of people, she tends to hang back in the shadows and go unnoticed. She does not carry herself with a great deal of confidence, but people enjoy her company because she is refreshing and straightforward.
Strengths: Strong faith, extreme loyalty to family, determination and perseverance
Weaknesses: Timid, fearful, and unsure of herself
Quirks: Unlike most people whose stomachs sour when they are nervous, Dominique becomes ravenously hungry under stress. You'll find her eating at all hours of the day and night, consuming everything in sight and never gaining a pound. Can't stand her!
Inspiration: I wanted to create a character who isn't like the typical heroine I read about in many romance novels. You know the type: brave, strong, defiant, and bold. Dominique is none of those things. In fact, she is quite timid, easily frightened, and insecure. In many ways, she is like me. I wondered what would happen if I placed her in a very harrowing situation-a life and death situation in which she would have to risk not only her life but her brothers as well. And to top it all off, she'd have to do something that went against her loyalty to her country and her Christian principles.
Admiral Chase Randal
Whenever I think of Chase Randal, a picture of Russell Crowe in his role as Captain Jack Aubrey in the movie Master and Commander comes to mind. A gruff, commanding leader of men who feels more comfortable on board a ship than at home. But beneath the rough exterior lies the heart of a true gentleman yearning to be loved like everyone else.
Strengths: Courageous, Decisive, Loyal, Intelligent, Confident
Weaknesses: Moody, grouchy, bitter and weak in his faith
Quirks: Chase has insomnia. He wanders the halls of his London Townhouse all hours of the night, plagued by nightmares of his dead wife.
Inspiration: I simply love male characters who appear all tough on the outside, almost frightening in their gruffness, yet on the inside they are wounded little boys who desperately need help. I believe we have many of these sorts of men in our society today. They put on a façade of independence, of "you can't hurt me", but inside, their hearts have been deeply damaged. Chase is a man with a broken heart. He has turned his back on God and prefers to run away to the sea and forget about his past, his life, and his son. That is, until Dominique shows up on his doorstep and turns his world upside down!
"Ms. Tyndall digs deep and pens characters so real that you’ll hurt for them, cry, and cheer for them. " TitleTrakk
THE FALCON AND THE SPARROW by M. L. Tyndall was a book full of nail biting wonders and hopes. Knowing M. L. Tyndall’s work, I would not be disappointed as she keeps the reader engrossed and into each character, storyline and plot. Now all we need is for Mrs. Tyndall to write just a little bit faster! I’m ready for my next book!
- Maisha Walker, reviewer for The Road to Romance
Lovers of Regencies, historicals, and romance in general—especially with a hint of intrigue—will not want to miss this book! Suspense and love combine with a set of twists, turns, and vindictive relatives to make this a story you’ll remember forever.
- Roseanna White, Christian Review of Books
M.L. Tyndall pens a story where this reader got a picturesque beauty of London Bridge and all the settings detailed in this lovely read. The wide range of emotions, blended together with the secondary characters, move at a nice pace in this breathtaking story.
- Cherokee, reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
The Falcon and the Sparrow is a tender story full of love and despair, intrigue and danger, good and evil. M. L. Tyndall’s writing has just the right amount of detail that keeps your interest and just the right amount of mystery that will keep you turning the pages.- Trudy, reviewer for OnceUponARomance