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By Mary Alice Monroe

Mira Books, Paperback, 9780778329978, 436pp.

Publication Date: May 24, 2011


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.

About the Author
Mary Alice Monroe is the"New York Times"bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including"The Summer Girls", "The Summer Wind", "The Summer s End, " "Last Light Over Carolina", "Time Is a River", "Sweetgrass", "Skyward", "The Beach House"", Beach House Memories, Swimming Lessons, The Four Seasons", and"The Book Club". Her books have received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the 2015 SW Florida Author of Distinction Award, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, and the International Book Award for Green Fiction. An active conservationist, she lives in the lowcountry of South Carolina. Visit her at and at