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.
Mariah is on the threshold of adulthood when her beloved father dies. An heirloom, given to her by her aunt, is stolen at the funeral reception, and Mariah, together with her half brother, her mother, and her aunt, set out to retrieve it.
However, this isn’t as easy and straightforward as they expect it to be, and soon they find themselves on a wild goose chase across the United States of America.
Mariah learns a lot about herself, her deceased father, and her goal in life during the trip.
Like in Yellow-billed Magpie this book is a lot about spirituality, but it is about so much more.
I feel I must thank the author for bringing some magic into my life. I mentioned it before, I’m not a spiritual person, and I don’t believe in God or some supernatural being, yet I am convinced that there’s more between heaven and earth than we can scientifically explain, and which has always fascinated me. At times, I find myself envious of people with a deep belief, because I am sure it can help them through difficult times. Right now, I wish my mum would hold some belief — any belief which would help her cope with the loss of first her son, then her husband. Alas, there is no such belief or spiritual guide here for her, although I feel she would find something in the Red-tailed Hawk to make her feel better. But as this book is in English, and in ebook form, it is pointless trying to let her read it.
Still, it enchanted me, and it reminded me how important it is to be open-minded and sometimes just to accept things, whether we believe them or not.
It is well written and an easy read, although you may want to take some breaks to ponder. The story is fairly fast-paced and holds a good suspense which makes you go on and on. It would be a mistake to read it as a suspense or mystery story, though, because in that case it would need a lot of explanations, none of which are forthcoming. However, if you’re willing to just take things at face value, you’ll certainly love this book.
Disclosure: Thanks to iread book tours for sending me this book for review. I was not told how to rate or review this product.
About 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.