Mary Alice Monroe returns to the captivating and mystical South Carolina Lowcountry, a place of wild beauty and untamed hearts, to tell the moving story of healing, hope and new beginnings....Something magical begins to happen: the timeless beauty of the South Carolina coast and the majestic grace of the wild birds weave a healing spell on the injured hearts at the sanctuary. But a troubled mother's unexpected return will test the fragile bonds of trust and new love, and reveal the inherent risks and exhilarating beauty of flying free.
First thoughts after finishing this book: I want to work in a birds of prey sanctuary!
What I liked about the book:
- The birds of prey aspect...about eight years ago I was on this big kick of becoming a falconer and training a Peregrine Falcon. I read up on the birds and all that went with training one. It is very extensive and not just a passing hobby. My husband talked me out of it due to our lifestyle and if you want to go on vacation there's no way you can with a falcon depending on you for hunting and its basic needs.
- Each chapter ended with a descriptions and definitions that pertained to a certain bird of prey. I loved reading this and actually learned a lot from it. The other great factor was those snippets foretold of events in the next chapter.
- The characters....they felt like friends to me. The author did a great job of making them come to life, most especially Lijah. This character was inspired by the Gullah culture and he was such a wise, gentle soul..I loved him from the moment I met him.
- The setting- South Carolina Lowcountry! I want to visit this area and soon. The author made me feel as if I were there walking in the forests watching the birds in their natural habitat. Gorgeous and descriptive writing!
- I knew how the story would end...but that was okay...
About eight years ago my son and I found a Kestrel in our yard with a broken wing. It took us about an hour to finally catch the little guy and we safely transported him to a veterinarian that rehabilitated injured wildlife. Since then I've been fascinated with these birds and the larger birds of prey.
""Lijah, do you not have any place to stay?"
"No, no. I'm staying with friends--just down the road a piece. But getting back and forth to see Santee every day got to be troublesome. See, I need to be close. I need to sit with my bird a while to see her through this. I reckon like you did for your child back when she was in the hospital."
Harris felt a strong sympathy for the man's situation. Lijah loved that bird as any father loved a child.
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Recommend? Absolutely! For those that are bird lovers I think you would appreciate a book that had these awesome creatures as the main characters in the story. The added bonus is the Lowcountry of South Carolina!!
Read an excerpt here
Author: Mary Alice Monroe
Published: March 2009 eBookPublisher: MiraGenre: Naturalist Heaven!Source: NetGalley
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel
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