I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my review. All opinions are my own.
Quick Summary of Red-Tailed Hawk. 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.
Red-Tailed Hawk lets readers follow the characters' journeys of discovery. Throughout this book, we have the opportunity to grow with multiple characters--and Schoellkopf accomplishes this task flawlessly. While the characters face some ups and downs on their journeys toward finding their individual purposes and forging (or re-forging) their life paths--the author keeps the light of hope alive. This is another wonderful book that combines real human interractions, emotions and experiences along with a spiritual, almost mystical, realm.
Red-Tailed Hawk is easily a stand alone novel. I read Samantha's earlier story in Yellow-Billed Magpie--but, this book actually follows Samanatha and her family as they embark on an entirely new and separate journey. I would recommend reading the first book first--but, simply so that you have a deeper understanding of the past growth and developments that led to this book's Samantha.
Would I recommend Red-Tailed Hawk? I love memoirs, and I love stories of self discovery and hope. While this book isn't a memoir--it's almost written in a "time to tell a life story" style. I love books that follow characters as they grow, change and create the lives that were meant for them. This is another wonderful, inspirational, book of hope and change. Readers will want to help every character along his or her journey--and they will be rooting for happiness all along the way. The author has a very real, comforting, peace-filled writing style. The story line is encouraging and hopeful--and doesn't cloud itself with foul language, sex and violence. It's a wonderful, clean book--filled with self discovery, growth, and life.
Meet the Author
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.
Enter the Book Tour Giveaway!