Book Review & Giveaway: Yellow-billed Magpie by Nancy Schoellkopf

Yellow-billed MagpieBook Description 

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.


My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

Samantha, the main character, realizes that she made a mistake when she married Tom, a man she doesn’t love. She now realizes that she married him because she was afraid she wouldn’t have the chance to have children if she didn’t, and having children has always been an important goal of hers. Now that she knows she is unable to have children, she can’t see staying in a marriage to a man she doesn’t love.

Yellow-billed Magpie is about Samantha’s journey after she’s divorced and back on her own. She reconnects with Charlie who, to her surprise, works as a sub at the same school she’s teaching at. She also reconnects with Craig, who she had considered her spiritual guide years ago. Between the two men and working in a vocation she was meant to do, maybe she can finally find her happiness. 

The characters are like real people, each with good and not so good characteristics. Samantha is a strong woman and it’s obvious that she’ll make it through her life changes. What’s not so obvious is if she’s going to end up happy.

Nancy Schoellkopf’s writing flows and well and is easy to follow. Yellow-billed Magpie is a fairly quick read and anyone who like’s women’s fiction should enjoy it.

Buy the book:   Amazon


Author’s Bio

Nancy SchoellkopfNancy Schoellkopf has been telling stories and writing poems for many lifetimes. It goes without saying she’s needed a second income, so this time around she 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 cat, her garden and her intriguing circle of family and friends.


Connect with the author:    Website     Twitter    Facebook


Win 1 of 10 copies of Yellow-Billed Magpie

1 winner will also receive a Turquoise Fiesta pie plate & napkins

and 2 winners will also receive a $10 Amazon gift card (Open International)

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7 thoughts on “Book Review & Giveaway: Yellow-billed Magpie by Nancy Schoellkopf

    • sleepygirl2 October 12, 2015 / 8:41 am

      I used to love to bake but I haven’t the past few years. Maybe now that I’m working out of my home, I’ll be able to.

      As for reading, I have to be careful not to put everything else on hold to finish a book.


  1. patanne1 October 12, 2015 / 8:41 am

    I read more than I do most other things I think! I always have my e-reader in my bag when I leave the house and will open it every chance I get while I’m out lol. I love to cook and bake too and I have been known to serve cake with books ;-p


    • sleepygirl2 October 12, 2015 / 8:43 am

      I take my e-reader with me, too. I don’t like carrying the big purse I have, but it has to be big enough for my e-reader!


  2. nschoellkopf October 12, 2015 / 10:30 am

    thank you for your positive review!


    • sleepygirl2 October 12, 2015 / 10:48 am

      You’re welcome! I enjoyed the book.


  3. Sandra Watts October 14, 2015 / 11:31 am

    I like to do both but lately I seem to be short on time for either.


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