Although this is part of a series, it can easily be read as a stand alone!
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Book Description for Red-tailed Hawk (Book #2):
When Mariah Easter encounters a large hawk in her urban midtown neighborhood, her father Charlie is concerned. He can see a wild and mystical path opening before his daughter, a path he himself would never be able to resist. The hawk soon reappears: engraved with its twin on a golden thimble that has been an Easter family heirloom for generations. After the thimble is stolen at a funeral reception, Mariah and her mother Samantha set off on a road trip to find it, a journey that will bring healing to the grieving family and change Mariah’s life forever.
Red-tailed Hawk is a coming of age story, the tale of a young woman’s quest to discover the source of her own longing and to understand the mystical legacy of her family.
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This was a very entertaining tale of a somewhat eccentric family. The father is an adventurer, yet, loyal enough to settle down when he discovered he was to be a “Dad”! The mother was a dedicated teacher for children with special needs. She was somewhat of a mystic, also. The Dad – Charles – son, Dale, was a successful, level headed lawyer. Mariah was like both parents in many ways. Mariah’s Godfather, Craig, was a retired custodian and mentor of Mariah’s mother, Samantha.
Charles’ sister, Hyacinth, brought a few family heirlooms for Mariah. A bizarre theft took place, which evolved into a crazy set of adventures, a shocking discovery and new friendships. It is a bizarre event you won’t want to miss!
The story addresses mystical type of beliefs, self-discovery, a touch of romance, and resolution. It ends with a few profound ideas which would enhance book club discussions.
The Book Cover and Title were a good “fit”. The story characters felt very real s did the background scenes. However, a little more description of the area would have made the events even better. The reader’s interest was sustained throughout the book.
*This book was gifted to me. I was not compelled by another to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
I give it a Four ad a Half Stars rating.
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Book Description for Yellow-billed Magpie (Book #1):
Unlike their black-billed cousins, yellow-billed magpies are rarely found outside California’s central valley. So when they begin showing up in Samantha O’Malley’s dreams, she wonders: are they calling me home?
Disappointed by failed fertility treatments and the break-up of her marriage, Samantha returns to her home town and slips into old habits, resuming her teaching career, even hooking up with an old lover. But she also renews her friendship with Craig, the school custodian she honors as her spiritual guide. The work they do together with Samantha’s special education students will lead her to discoveries she never thought possible.
Yellow-billed Magpie is a love story, a spiritual journey, a quest to look beyond appearances to the mystical rhythms that guide the human heart.
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Journeying with Grief
In my novel Red-Tailed Hawk, teenager Mariah Easter experiences the death of someone close to her for the first time in her life.
Of course death is universal; sooner or later we all lose loved ones. But few of us are ever taught how to handle the emotions that come with those losses.
In recent years, my mother, my favorite cousin, and one of my closest friends all passed away. I thought I was handling these losses well, but then my 13-year-old cat was diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly I was in a puddle. It occurred to me that I hadn’t grieved well for anyone.
In a way, it’s easier to grieve for a pet. My cat didn’t know I was crying because she was sick. I didn’t have to put on a brave face for her the way I did when caring for my Mom. Home alone with my sick cat, I could let my emotions out.
With my cat’s encouragement, I decided to join a grief support group to help me process the most recent loss—that of my cousin. The main prescription: talking and writing, getting those hard emotions outside of your body. Writing letters to your departed loved ones is especially recommended.
In Red-Tailed Hawk, Mariah and her family set off on a road trip almost immediately after the funeral. They question their own motives as they travel. Is this a diversion, a distraction so we won’t have to acknowledge the reality of death? Each character faces this question in his/her own way. But on the journey, they meet mentors and guides who lead them through a healing passage.
Post script: my cat Angel (yes, she was the inspiration for Samantha’s cat in Yellow-Billed Magpie) passed away in November. Angel was so special, I needed two cats to help me heal. Twelve-week-old littermates Valentine and Zuzu came to live with me the week before Christmas. They were rescued by the Orphan Kitten Project run by veterinarian students at the University of California in Davis (just down the road from me here in Sacramento). My new girls and I are very grateful to them.
Nancy Schoellkopf is the author of Yellow-billed Magpie, the first in her Easter Family series. Nancy has been telling stories and writing poems for many lifetimes. It goes without saying that she’d need a second income, so this time around she has happily taught amazing children in special education classes in two urban school districts in Sacramento, California. A full time writer now, she enjoys lavishing attention on her cats, her garden, and her intriguing circle of family and friends.
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