Book Release: The Spider and the Sparrow
My fifth novel is now available in paperback, ebook, and audio book formats. It’s in stock at most LDS book stores and online at Amazon, Seagull Book, and Deseret Book. (Some of the online stores don’t have every format available yet, but in most cases, there’s a pre-order option.) Here’s more information about the story:
May 1915. After tragedy strikes during the Second Battle of Artois, Frenchman Julian Olivier will do anything to get out of the trenches. So when British Intelligence recruits him to spy behind enemy lines, he jumps at the opportunity. Just before he begins, however, he has a chance encounter with a young French woman who leaves his heart marked for the remainder of the war—even if he doesn’t know her name.
Warren Flynn is a Canadian airborne hero, and dogfights with the Germans are all in a day’s work. Second only to his love of flying is his fascination with Claire Donovan, the daughter of an American munitions manufacturer living in Paris. Warren flies Julian into Germany and soon receives orders to post the Allies’ newest operative—an attractive peasant woman named Evette—in Claire’s home.
As a dangerous ring of spies and saboteurs threatens to turn the war against the Allies, Julian discovers goodness in his enemies’ hearts. But even if he survives, will he ever be reunited with the woman whose memory he can’t erase? Will Warren survive the war, and will Evette unearth the infiltrator in her own territory before it’s too late?
Advance praise for The Spider and the Sparrow:
A.L. Sowards has done it again! Another riveting story that puts you on the streets of France and Germany, giving you a first-hand, pulse-racing view of spies and World War I heroes that is sure to keep you reading and guessing long into the night.
Rebecca Belliston, author of the Citizens of Logan Pond series
Sowards had crafted a captivating story that brings the horrors of trench warfare during WWI to life. You can almost smell the gunpowder, mustard gas, and mud as you wade through the opening scenes. Coupled with lifelike characters showing ordinary people caught up in a deadly game of espionage, this is a captivating novel that takes the reader on a roller coaster of emotions from despair and desperation to love and hope. A great read!
KR Machado, former A-10 pilot, US Air Force
More interesting than your high school history class (and probably more informative), this look into the Great War aptly shows the conflict from both sides of the trenches and the cost for soldiers and civilians.
M. Grant, MA in Military History
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