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3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  1,446 Ratings  ·  136 Reviews
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 sin
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Mira (first published July 1st 2003)
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Oct 06, 2015 Cathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, it's a Harlequin but it was about birds and a child with Type 1 Diabetes. So very disappointed. Here's my Amazon review:
All you needed to do, Mary Alice Monroe or Harlequin Books is have one, just one, parent of a child with Type 1 Diabetes read the book before publication. This book contains dangerous misinformation about Type 1 Diabetes. (It hasn’t for some time been called “juvenile diabetes” though the author uses this term exclusively.) Although she claims to have consulted medical pe
Jul 25, 2011 Nelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry, Mary Alive Monroe, but were you trying to rewrite Jane Eyre? Because you didn't do a very good job. Honestly, the predictability of this book was ridiculous and 50 pages in I said, "Oh, she's trying to re-do Jane Eyre and is failing."


There is everything from the female protagonist coming to nanny for the male protagonist's 5 year old daughter, to them falling in love, to the lead male being married to a woman who's unavailable to him, to a fire caused by the wife, to b
Nov 22, 2008 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads, fiction
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 action
To me the magic of this book was not the story, as much as it was the birds and the South Carolina lowcountry. The story was, despite my history as a pediatric nurse, incidental. Btu reading of the raptors, now that was something!

I do admire Mary Alice Monroe's ability to capture our area and focus in on a habitat or a species or environment. She did it with Beach House and the turtles, too. And her characters seem very, very real to me. Not always clever or perfect or beautiful, but then again,
Skyward, a sweet romance

Formulaic but satisfying romance. Child with diabetes. Workaholic father. Nurse with a heart of gold. Raptors. And a boy named Brady.
Aug 25, 2009 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Predictable, but enjoyable reading. Loved learning about various predators in the intro to each chapter.
Danielle Urban
May 28, 2017 Danielle Urban rated it really liked it
Skyward by Mary Alice Monroe is an enjoyable read. Unlike other women's fiction novels, this one focused on the bird species. The predators. It was cool learning about them. The story seemed interesting but lacked that deep connection I was expecting. This was my first novel read that was written by Mary Alice Monroe. Her cover intrigued me. The pain explored inside, was believable. The relationship between father and daughter...was realistic. The themes of love, trust, and healing were engaging ...more
Sandy Holmes
As usual, Mary Alice Monroe did not disappoint. This is apparently one of her earlier books. (2003) Reading about rehab of birds of prey was a stretch for me, but pretty fascinating.
Nov 17, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I had expected a harder death. Lesson in addiction & love. Go Ella!
Jun 08, 2017 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book.
Mari Carroll
Sep 27, 2016 Mari Carroll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, at times the plot was somewhat predictable and there were a few similarities to a typical Nicholas Sparks storyline..BUT...I simply love the writings of Mary Alice Monroe. Perhaps much of my fondness for her words comes because of the endorsement from Anne Rivers Siddons, one of my favorite authors. As per ARS, "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 ...more
Lady Cenacle
Excellent story about bird sanctuary and the people who volunteer to care for wounded birds
Dixie Brown
Not my favorite by Mary Alice Monroe, however it was very informative. Learned a lot about birds of prey.
Jun 18, 2011 Staci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First thoughts after finishing this book: I want to work in a birds of prey sanctuary!

What I liked about the book:

The birds of prey aspect...about eight years ago I was on this big kick of becoming a falconer and training a Peregrine Falcon. I read up on the birds and all that went with training one. It is very extensive and not just a passing hobby. My husband talked me out of it due to our lifestyle and if you want to go on vacation there's no way you can with a falcon depending on you for hu
This book had several positive attributes. It was meant to be a light, romantic type of read and as such, it succeeded. It was set in South Carolina and the author conveyed a genuine feel for the area. The story revolved around characters who worked at a bird sanctuary and the author obviously did her homework on raptors. OK, that was the good stuff.

The not-so-good: well, the bird information was thorough and informative, but if you're not at all interested in birds, I think you're going to find
This was a very good book, but in all honesty not quite as good as The Beach House. It was just a bit too predictable. But I still enjoyed it. I loved Ella, and Marion, and the volunteers at the clinic. . . all good.

This is only the second Mary Alice Monroe book I've read, but I wonder if she isn't trying too hard to put "everything" into her books. This book had Brady, a young punk who turns his life around. The Beach House had a young pregnant girl. This one has, of course, the birds of prey a
Dec 29, 2016 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
An absolutely beautiful story, set in the South Carolina low country. Taking place at the Coastal Carolina Center for Birds of Prey, where Harris and his small staff take in damaged birds of prey, mainly raptors, Hawks, Ospreys, Eagles, Owls, etc. Harris is a single father with a beautiful child that finds out suddenly that his daughter has juvenile diabetes. Unable to care for her properly and run his bird center he advertises for medical help and his ad just happens to find ER nurse, Ella, fro ...more
Feb 10, 2017 Tansonju rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Educational, soaring, healing ~ Ella Majors, Harris & Marion Henderson
Dec 06, 2009 Luisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I read this book while visiting Tortuguero over Thanksgiving break. It was an entertaining, fast-moving book that I enjoyed reading. There were some interesting parallels between the book and my trip: the Gullah culture and the culture of the people living along the isolated section of Caribbean coast where I was seem to have some similarities; there was a huge downpour in Tortuguero that changed the course of my trip, and there was a rainstorm in the book that changed the course of the relation ...more
Dale Harcombe
Jul 02, 2012 Dale Harcombe rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and was interested to read it after reading The Butterfly's Daughter and also The Beach House.The story involves nurse Ella who burnt out,takes on a job looking after a five year old child with juvenile diabetes and the interaction between her and Harris, the child's father and other members of the buird sanctuary. I liked the information about the birds added in but really it was the characters and the situation that kept me reading and wanting to read straight through. My o ...more
Jan 30, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book was a nice surprise - much more interesting than the cover blurb made it sound. I'd give it 4.5 stars. While the story centered around human characters and their somewhat predictable relationships, the real "stars" of the book in my mind were the birds of prey that are described at the beginning of each chapter, and whose stories run through the narrative as they are rehabilitated from near death or abandonment, then set free. I loved the way the character-driven stories were seamlessl ...more
Apr 01, 2016 Lncropper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good story. It revolves around a sanctuary where injured birds of prey (or abandoned babies)are rehabilitated and, if possible, released into the wild. There are a couple of characters who find themselves in the story. At first I was critical of the care of the diabetic child, but the author specifically points out in an afterword that it was intended to be an earlier time when things were done a little differently than today. I would definitely recommend this one for just an enjoyable ...more
Vicki Lanzendorf
Feb 08, 2016 Vicki Lanzendorf rated it really liked it
Rare to find a book to read for pleasure that you also learn from - not life lessons, but about birds of prey! This book's story was terrific, but so were all the facts and insight on our majestic eagles, vultures, hawks and owls. The setting was a rehab center for injured birds, the characters were a father and young daughter who is diabetic. He hires a nurse/nanny to help care for her and as you can guess, the father/nanny fall in love. But there is a twist and it gets interesting. Would have ...more
Lovely atmosphere of a South Carolina natural preserve, complete with secluded world of a bird sanctuary and vivid characters who have their own struggles, stubbornness, diabetes... It rates three stars for its predictability and the fact that Lijah and Marion were the best characters, as the protagonists never really grew on me. A technical error hopefully has been corrected in later editions, as during a thunderstorm, characters count seconds between thunder and lightning, not the other way ar ...more
Rachel LaFranchi
May 15, 2014 Rachel LaFranchi rated it it was amazing
Amazing story following a young girl with diabetes and her father. Ella, the nanny, was likeable from the moment you meet her to the tearful moments when Harris tells her he's married and she leaves the family. I was disappointed by the fire scene at the end -- it was too cliche and seemed like a cop out ending to kill the antagonist. Still, loveable characters in a fascinating world of birds that you want to be a part of, and a book you won't be able to put down.
Mar 20, 2013 Hilary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal, fiction
A gentle tale, that circle and eddy like the slow current of a river, sweeping birds and children and adults together as they all learn from one another and grow.

If you like slow-moving stories of discovery, character and nature, this is the book for you. (If you're looking for something with a distinct plotline or something that's exciting, try something else and come back when you're in a more reflective mood.) Ideal for reading outside in the sun with a breeze rustling leaves nearby.
Mar 31, 2012 Allison rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up on a whim during a trip to Barnes and Noble. I was looking for a good book to take the to beach and Skyward did not disappoint. I loved the characters and the overall story. I also enjoyed the short blurbs about birds of prey that just seemed to fit which each chapter. Needless to say, I will definitely be picking up another Mary Alice Monroe novel.
Jul 10, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! When a burned-out ER nurse steps up to care for a five-year-old who was recently diagnosed with juvenile diabetes she finds more than she bargained for. Set among the beauty of the South Carolina coast, Ella reaches out to this single father and his daughter to find the bonds that will tie this family together. In this book, the author teaches us about the wild beauty of the birds-of-prey sanctuary and just how far one must sometimes go to rehabilitate the soul.
Sep 20, 2016 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautifully written book! Truly breathtaking. The story is about a very special place. A place that rehabilitates injured owls, vultures, eagles and other birds. It's a story of healing and taking care of each other. It's a story of love. Taking changes. Listening and appreciating the world around you.

Author is brilliant! So easy and fun to read. Didn't want it to end!

I HIGHLY recommend this book.
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New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina. Already a successful author, she was captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home. Her experiences living in the midst of a habitat that was quickly changing gave her a strong and important focus for her books.

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