In NOT A SPARROW FALLS (3), Linda Nichols captures her readers' attention with well-defined characterizations even though her story doesn't truly start until chapter 12. Mary escapes a horrid life and takes on a new identity away from home. Everything goes well until an effort to befriend a troubled teen finds her unemployed. Alasdair is a family man, but he can't let go of his other commitments. As grumbling erupts in the church and he takes ill, Mary finds herself caring for the pastor and his family. Will she be able to help them or will her past finally catch up with her? (Sep., 352 pp., $16.99)

Reviewed by: 
Bev Huston