With a background as a special education teacher and a writer of poetry, Nancy Schoellkopf is now enjoying the writing life as a novelist. Yellow-billed Magpie recently debuted in bookstores, on the Internet, and in the hands of those of us privileged to be part of Nancy’s virtual book tour.
As a reader and a writer, I enjoyed the lightness and simplicity of Nancy’s threading her experiences as a special education teacher with those of her main character, Samantha O’Malley. Perhaps there could have been more depth given Samantha’s character by exploring the gifts and struggles of teachers teaching those among us who have their own challenges. Yet, Nancy allowed wisdom and thoughtfulness shine through in her character instead.
Samantha has had her ups and downs in life and returns to her hometown to start her life over. In so doing, she encounters an old friend, Craig, the school custodian. Craig soon becomes Samantha’s spiritual guide in her new existence while at the same time Samantha reconnects with a former lover. Not allowing her book to fall into the “romance” genre, Nancy cleverly makes the reignited romance fall behind the more inspiring story of Samantha’s dreams and Craig’s impact on her life.
Without giving too much away here, Samantha’s dreams are filled with yellow-billed magpies, Craig offers up lots of surprises, and Samantha’s love for her students makes for a better world for them. I believe this is exactly what Nancy Schoellkopf wants you to find in reading Yellow-billed Magpie.
My only disappointment is that the book ended much too soon. I would have enjoyed knowing more about how Samantha’s return home may have changed her life.
No matter your spiritual formation or journey in life, Nancy Schoellkopf’s book brings us to a spiritualism and wisdom many have misplaced or forgotten along life’s pathway. The interaction among the characters is at times touching and poignant, especially with Samantha’s students. And Craig’s impact on Samantha’s return home to a better life is genuine yet mystical. Read the book? YES! Get the rest of the story? In the book? YES!
NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!
Win 1 of 10 copies of Yellow-Billed Magpie
1 winner will also receive a Turquoise Fiesta pie plate & napkins
and 2 winners will also receive a $10 Amazon gift card (Open International)
10 winners total
To enter just click on the logo below: