• Title: A Sparrow Alone
  • Author: Mim Eichmann
  • Publisher: Living Springs Publishers LLP on April 15, 2020
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Pages: 312
  • Formats Available: Paperback & Digital
  • Rating: 5/5

Trigger Warnings: Rape, Murder, Graphic Violence

Many thanks to Dave at The Write Reads Blog Tours, Netgalley, Mim Eichmann, and Living Spring Publishers LLP for providing me with a digital copy of A Sparrow Alone in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

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A Sparrow Alone Blurb

1890’s Colorado. Desperate following her mother’s sudden death, thirteen-year-old Hannah Owens apprentices as domestic help with a wealthy doctor’s family in Colorado Springs. When the doctor declares bankruptcy and abandons his family to finance his mistress Pearl DeVere’s brothel, however, Hannah is thrown into a vortex of gold mining bonanzas and busts, rampant prostitution, and the economic, political and cultural upheavals of the era. Two of Cripple Creek’s most colorful historic characters, Winfield Scott Stratton, eccentric owner of the richest gold mine in Cripple Creek, and Pearl DeVere, the beautiful madam of The Old Homestead, come to life as this old-fashioned, coming-of-age saga unfolds, the first of two historical fiction novels by debut author Mim Eichmann — a tribute to the women who set the stage for women’s rights.

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My Review

A Sparrow Alone is a timeless historical novel written by Mim Eichmann. Captivated from the first page, Eichmann’s tale of loss, poverty, the lack of love caught me right in the heart. This book is not a cuddly work of fiction, as the characters experience more pain than any book I’ve read in a long time.

Hannah Owens is a strong yet unconfident young lady. But she faces so much in her scant 16 years. Hannah suffers one tragedy after another, throughout the entire book. You can’t help but love her and feel every strike against her deep in your soul.

I felt strongly for the other ladies, but some characters were so dastardly that I wept. When bad things came along, it was one more hit to the women’s meager existence.

One thing that I especially loved about this novel is the ending. Even though this is the first book in a series, the end wrapped up well. The reader isn’t left wanting, and that was quite satisfying. The next book, Muskrat Ramble, is one I am most anxious to read. I want to know more about Hannah and hope that she gets her chance to be happy in her crappy world.

With the ending, you see the fight that is brewing with regard to women’s rights. I don’t want to give anything away, but I feel that Hannah will face even more trials but will fight on.

I award A Sparrow Alone a full 5 out of 5 stars. This novel will be with me for a long time, and I hope I never forget Hannah’s struggle. I will be first in line to read Muskrat Ramble. If you love historical novels that feature strong women, you will love A Sparrow Alone.

About the Author – Mim Eichmann

Mim Eichmann has found that her creative journey has taken her down many exciting, interwoven pathways.  For well over two decades she was known primarily in the Chicago area as the artistic director and choreographer of Midwest Ballet Theatre and director of its home, Midwest Ballet Academy, bringing full-length professional ballet performances to thousands of dance lovers every year and was the recipient of many arts’ programming grants.   

A desire to become involved again in the folk music world brought about the creation of her acoustic quartet Trillium, now in its 15th year, a folk band well known for its eclectic repertoire performing throughout the Midwest that has also released four cds.  She’s also written the lyrics and music for two award-winning original children’s cds, “Why Do Ducks Have Webby Toes?” and “Wander Down Beyond the Rainbow” and occasionally schedules concerts of her children’s music and movement programs.

 Always captivated by the writings, diaries and journals of late 19th century women, as well as that era’s economic, social and political upheavals, Ms. Eichmann has now put pen to paper and the historical fiction novel she has been passionately researching, its rich synopsis gradually evolving over many years, has finally become a reality.  We hope you’ll enjoy “A Sparrow Alone” and its sequel, “Muskrat Ramble.”

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