Thursday, March 3, 2016

#306 : Yellow Billed Magpie by Nancy Schoellkopf : Review

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GENRE: Fiction

NUMBER OF PAGES: 211

FORMAT: Digital

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of iRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thanks guys!

REVIEW:

A story based on a woman picking up her life and moving on is always an absolute bliss to read. That resilient quality of a woman is always inspiring. This story was one such inspiring read.

Our protagonist Samantha survives a broken marriage and failures of infertility treatments. She moves to her hometown to resurrect her teaching career and in general put her life back on track. In the process, she meets an old lover and rekindles their relationship. She also meets with an old friend Craig who guides her in bringing her life back on track. This whole process of transformation turns out to be a spiritual process for her.

The one thing that immensely impressed me was a fact that the writer steered pretty clear of that romantic story line. In spite of the story having immense scope for it to turn into a romantic tale, the writer decided to purse just the transformation process. Romantic relationships are vital for a happy life but they aren’t just the only perquisite. The writer elaborated well on this line of thinking. The writing was pretty simple and straightforward. Characterization was something that was missing the much needed depth. I would have loved it if the writer had given much more depth to Samantha’s character. In spite of this, the book was absolute pleasure to read. Samantha’s effort to make her student’s world betters was so heartwarming. Craig’s helping hand and the interaction between Samantha and her students seemed very realistic. The book taught me one thing – Wisdom is never lost, it is just misplaced along the journey called life. I would have certainly liked to read more of Samantha and would have loved to have seen a “complete” result of her life’s transformation.

MY SAY: An inspiring and simple read

RATING: 4/5

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