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Release Date: May 4, 2011
Pages: 448
ISBN13: 978-0778329978


E.R. nurse Ella Majors has seen all the misery that she can handle. Burned-out and unsure of her next step, she accepts the temporary position as caregiver to Marion Henderson, a frightened five-year-old who suffers from juvenile diabetes.

But Ella soon realizes there is more sorrow in the isolated home than the little girl’s illness can account for. Harris Henderson, a single father, seems better able to deal with the wild birds he rehabilitates in his birds-of-prey sanctuary than with his own daughter.

Then 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.


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“Monroe is in her element when describing the wonders of nature and the ways people relate to it…Hauntingly beautiful relationships between birds and people add texture to the story….” —Publishers Weekly, starred review


“There’s a strong sense of place in this lyrical tale of two damaged souls who find healing with each other and although it’s not often that education and entertainment are so closely intertwined, this tale is one of those rare exceptions … Monroe’s novel is a fascinating, emotion-filled narrative that’s not to be missed.” —Booklist, starred review


“Without a doubt, Mary Alice Monroe has become one of the premier voices in contemporary women’s fiction today. Her lyrical, emotional and gripping stories make for superb reading experiences.” —RT Bookclub Magazine, Top Pick


“SKYWARD is a soaring, passionate story of loneliness and pain and the simple ability of love to heal and transcend both. Mary Alice Monroe’s voice is as strong and true as the great birds of prey of whom she writes.” —Anne Rivers Siddons, New York Times bestselling author



Birds of Prey (also known as raptors) have characteristics that distinguish them from other birds.  A bird of prey has a sharp, hooked beak for tearing food, sharp, curved talons, powerful feet for killing its’ prey, and binocular vision. Thirty-eight species of raptors are found in the geographic limits of the United States and Canada.  These species are divided into categories: Buteos, accipiters, falcons, harriers, kites, eagles, ospreys, and owls.

A brisk, wintry wind whistled along the South Carolina coast.  It rattled the ice-tipped, yellowed spartina grass and rolled a thick, steely gray fog in from the sea.  The old black man paused in his walk and cocked his ear toward the sky.  He heard the whispers of change in the wind.  Hunching his shoulders, he turned the collar of his threadbare woolen jacket high up to the brim of his fedora then dug his hands deep into his pockets.  He resumed walking but he kept his eyes skyward.

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