Firebird by Kathy Tyers, a review

Lady Firebird Angelo was born the third daughter of the queen of her world. That sounds like she might have had an easy life. But the warped rules on her planet dictate that she must die as soon as she drops down to fifth in line to the throne. It’s not just those in the royal family; this happens to the heirs of all the major houses on her planet. She’s a “wastling,” born to be wasted. Her time comes, and Firebird, a pilot, is sent on a suicide mission along with other wastlings. But her enemy saves her life. What can she do now?

Rooms by James L. Rubart, a review

Micah Taylor’s a successful young software multimillionaire, driven by tragedy and abuse in his childhood. He’s got a great girlfriend, an 80-hour-a-week job, and opportunity to travel. But something is missing.

Undercurrent by Michelle Griep, a review

What if, sometimes, people who go missing actually end up in another time? Michelle Griep asked herself this question and spun this story to answer it. In it, Englishwoman Dr. Cassie Larson takes some students on a short cruise in the North Sea. She buys a wooden brooch shaped like a wolf from a mysterious man. Back on the boat, the brooch falls overboard. She leans after it… and she falls too. A Viking is rowing across the North Sea, circa 900 AD.

Reinventing Rachel, a review

Californian Rachel Westing has been a good Christian girl, doing all the things she’s expected to do, and God’s responded with good things for her. Then all of a sudden everything comes crashing down.

Softly and Tenderly by Sara Evans with Rachel Hauck, a review

Jade lives in Tennesse in a small town dominated by her in-laws, under pressure to get pregnant from her lawyer husband. But she keeps having miscarriages. Then she finds out her in-laws’ marriage is a wreck under the surface. Her husband tries to beat his addiction to perscription pain killers. Her mother, who has come to stay with her, is dying of leukemia. It sounds like she’s living a Southern soap opera.

Lost Mission by Athol Dickson, a review

The two stories, while seemingly not similar at first, become more and more alike. A small three-paneled painting is common to both stories, as is a certain character, described as an Indian with shining hair, who I think must be an angel.

Nothing but Trouble by Susan May Warren, a review

PJ Sugar returns to her small town in Minnesota after wandering the United States for 10 years. Is she still the impulsive, passionate teen who loved the wild child Boone and helped set the country club afire on prom night, or has she grown up now?

Deeper Water by Robert Whitlow, a review

Robert Whitlow is a practicing attorney who likes to write novels. This book begins a series called Tides of Truth, set in Georgia and focusing on the character Tami Taylor, the product of a fiercely conservative homeschooling family that lives in the boonies.

The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers, a review

This book traces the stories of two women, separated by 150 years or so. The pioneer, Mary Kathryn, is the ancestor of the modern woman, Sierra, who finds Mary Kathryn’s handmade quilt and diary.

The Yada Yada Prayer Group, a review

This is the award-winning start of a seven-book series about a multi-cultural prayer group in Chicago that started at a women’s prayer conference.