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.
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I previously read Yellow-billed Magpie and was happily surprised to realize that Red-tailed Hawk has the same characters several years later.
Yellow-billed Magpie was about Samantha’s journey and Red-tailed Hawk is about her daughter Mariah’s journey when she is 17 years old.
Samantha was married to Mariah’s father, Charlie, and when Charlie dies, the family has to learn how to deal with his death. They each have their own way of coping but Mariah ends up on a journey and learns a lot about herself. I don’t like how inconsiderate she is, though, of her mother’s feelings.
The characters are interesting and Nancy Schoellkopf does a good job at portraying them like real people, each with flaws and each with strengths. I especially liked how all of the relationships grew in such a short time while everyone was grieving.
I definitely recommend Red-tailed Hawk if you like women’s fiction with a touch of fantasy. It’s the second book about this family but can easily be read as a stand alone.
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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