A gateway drug for girls?

The Rowan by Anne McCaffreyThe Rowan by Anne McCaffrey is the first of my keeper recommendations. It was the first novel I ever read that I could not put down. I read it straight through cover to cover. I do that fairly often these days, but at the time it was an event that rocked my world. I once heard a male sci-fi author call McCaffrey’s books a gateway drug for getting girls into sci-fi, but for me this book clued me in on what was missing from the sci-fi books I’d already been reading—romance. The Rowan catapulted to the top of my all time favorites list and here’s why….

What I love about the heroine:

Rowan is a lonely young woman, with incredible psychic gifts, who takes herself too seriously at times. Doesn’t sound like heroine material right? But it makes her very relatable. Trust me on this. She also has courage, always manages to rise above events, and steps up to the plate to save the world and her hero.

What I love about the hero:

Jeff Raven is a mystery man who calls out to his heroine across space. He matches her for psychic abilities and courage with a touch of charming arrogance added in. Besides, he is struggling desperately to save his people, what could be more heroic?

Other cool stuff I like about this story:

The psychics in this book are charged with making space travel happen. They push cargo and passenger vessels through space with their minds. Cool!

Sensuality level: Sensual

Genre: SciFi with strong romance elements

Primary format: Print

Publication date: 1990

If you haven’t read this one yet, I recommend giving it a try. If you’ve already found this gem, what was your favorite thing about it?