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3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,304 Ratings  ·  119 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 si ...more
Paperback, 437 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Mira Books (first published July 1st 2003)
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Oct 06, 2015 Cathy rated it did not like it
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 30, 2011 Nelly rated it it was ok
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
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
Predictable, but enjoyable reading. Loved learning about various predators in the intro to each chapter.
Jul 03, 2014 Natalya rated it liked it
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
Apr 01, 2016 Lncropper rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Jun 28, 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
Rachel LaFranchi
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.
Feb 19, 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
Sep 08, 2014 Krissie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
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.
Dee Dee
Apr 27, 2014 Dee Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. So many parallels between relationships, rescues, and rehabilitation of the spirit and body. For those not liking he book, they didn't look hard enough or know enough about nature to appreciate the talent of the author. So many things can be felt and this author did a wonderful job in bringing the words to life. Not a story to rush through.
Apr 06, 2014 Jodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Women
Enjoyed this book - I was drawn into all the characters and kept reading to find out what would happen next. Absolutely HATED Fannie - what a horrible mother and I am so glad once she was out of the picture again! Also found the fact about how the turkey vultures cleaned up the battle fields at Gettysburg and now return there year after year. Gruesome but interesting fact!
Vicki Lanzendorf
Mar 09, 2016 Vicki Lanzendorf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mary Jane Gibson
Excellent read

Enjoyed this book both for its entertainment quality as much as its educational benefits. Living on the eastern shore, I'm interested in the beautiful large raptors one sees here, but knew very little about. Thanks for another good book from this author.

Gail Lewis
May 15, 2016 Gail Lewis rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
I loved the story because of the bird sanctuary and the descriptions of the raptors--the owls, Eagles, Hawks, vultures, and Ospreys. The beauty of the Carolina low country was also well done. Monroe also had a good story of a child with juvenile diabetes and a love story.
Dale Harcombe
Jul 05, 2012 Dale Harcombe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cari Schaeffer
May 03, 2016 Cari Schaeffer rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book by this author. She gave such great insight into birds of prey throughout the story. I loved the character Lijah - what a wonderful man who mentored others while caring for the birds.

I will keep reading books by this author.
Jessica Norris
Jan 25, 2016 Jessica Norris rated it it was amazing
My favorite thing about this book is the incorporation of environmental themes into a popular romance. Too much environmental writing is preaching to the choir - I think work like this genuinely expands the awareness of conservation issues.
Nov 29, 2010 Luisa rated it liked it
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
Nov 25, 2014 Vionna rated it it was ok
I did not realize this would be a romance novel, my least favorite genre. The plot about a bird sanctuary was well done and quite interesting and the characters were believable. I thought the novel was quite boring.
Whitney B.
If you like birds, probably a good read

If I wasn't so terrified of birds, I probably could've enjoyed this more than I did. I had a hard time wanting to read it, and it was a very slow start. But, the ending definitely picked up and kept me interested.
Dec 28, 2015 Ekosh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totalling time .. .

This book took a long getting to climax and then it was predictable. It was an okay read. I did enjoy the ending.
Jun 02, 2015 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
All about raptors; don't like birds. Only read it for book club. Was pretty good but not something I'd choose.
Glenda Harris
One of my favorites. Love story with backdrop of the Center for Birds of Prey near Charleston, SC.
Teresa Schiltz
Jun 12, 2014 Teresa Schiltz rated it liked it
Excellent book about raptors in S.C. Perfect book for the nature lovers in S.C.
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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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