Skyward by Mary Alice Monroe

268476Fiction — print. Mira Books, 2003. 416 pgs. Received from PaperBackSwap.

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. Harrison Henderson, a single father, is withdrawn, seemingly better able to deal with the wild birds he rehabilitates in his brides-of-prey sanctuary than with his own daughter

I simply could not put Skyward down. The story moves along at just the right pace, all the while sneaking in tidbits of information about birds-of-prey that make you realize how truly amazing and majestic these birds are.

This romance novel manages to stray away from the soap opera-y tale it could have told solely because the three main characters, Ella, Harris, and Marion, are so believable. However, the return of the mother made me quiet angry, especially at Harris, because I believe his actions were not true to his character. Still, the writing was superb. If you haven’t read one of Monroe’s books, I’d highly recommend it.

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