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On Hummingbird Wings: A Novel
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On Hummingbird Wings: A Novel

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by Lauraine Snelling
 

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"But Mother is always dying," is Gillian Ormsby's sarcastic response when her younger, favored sister tells her that she has to go take care of their hypochondriac mother. Much against her will, since she and her mother never have gotten along, Gillian arrives in California to find the garden and yard dead, the blinds all drawn, and her mother indeed in

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"But Mother is always dying," is Gillian Ormsby's sarcastic response when her younger, favored sister tells her that she has to go take care of their hypochondriac mother. Much against her will, since she and her mother never have gotten along, Gillian arrives in California to find the garden and yard dead, the blinds all drawn, and her mother indeed in bed—waiting to die. But when Gillian talks with the doctor, he assures her there's no medical reason behind her mother's state.
Now on a mission to restore her mother to health, Gillian insists Mother get out of bed, eat, exercise and hopefully, choose to live. She also sets about reviving the garden to its former glory, enlisting the help of Adam, a handsome man who owns a family gardening business with his father. Gillian is delighted when a pair of hummingbirds appear, and her friendship with Adam grows.
Soon, Mother's health improves, and one day she announces she and her friend Enzio are going on a cruise. Before Gillian has time to turn around, her mother is gone and she is left high and dry again, and wondering, what is she going to do with the rest of her own life?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Snelling (One Perfect Day) strikes a blow for family values in a story about a family that is not close either geographically or emotionally. Gillian Ormsby is a New York corporate executive returns to her California home to take care of her mother Dorothy, who appears to be physically healthy but who won't do anything but sleep. Gillian's sister, Allison, the preferred child who stayed close to home, is being less than helpful. When Gillian arrives after crossing the country, she finds her mother's once beautiful garden as wilted as its caretaker. She is aided in her efforts by her mother's dapper friend, Enzio, who brings killer pastries when he visits, and her mother's neighbor Adam, who owns a dog and a garden store and happens to be handsome. The narrative hits some true notes: Dorothy's passive depression will strike those caring for elderly parents as familiar. Off-notes include Allison, who needs more characterization, and Gillian's generic corporate career. The tale is uneven, but Snelling can certainly charm. (Apr.)
National Church Library Association on One Perfect Day
"Snelling writes about the foibles of human nature with keen insight and sweet honesty."
RT Book Reviews
"Snelling, a wonderful, talented writer, has brought readers a novel with characters who seem more real than fictional. They want to do the right thing, but face challenges when the people they are there for will not meet them at least half-way. Still, the characters serve as an example to readers when they don't throw in the towel and instead think of creative ways to solve problems."
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"Snelling, a wonderful, talented writer, has brought readers a novel with characters who seem more real than fictional. They want to do the right thing, but face challenges when the people they are there for will not meet them at least half-way. Still, the characters serve as an example to readers when they don't throw in the towel and instead think of creative ways to solve problems."—RT Book Reviews"

Snelling can certainly charm."
Publishers Weekly"

Snelling writes about the foibles of human nature with keen insight and sweet honesty."—National Church Library Association on One Perfect Day

Library Journal
Gillian Ormsby's mother, Dorothy, won't do anything but sleep, so Gillian leaves her posh New York job as a corporate executive and returns home to California. There, she finds her sister, Allison, less than helpful. Gillian enlists the aid of her mother's friend Enzio and handsome neighbor Adam to restore not only her mother's spirit, but her ailing garden as well. VERDICT Fans of best-selling author Snelling (One Perfect Day) will anxiously await this latest outing but will be somewhat disappointed. The story is uneven, and several sketchily drawn characters, including Allison and Gillian herself, could have used more fleshing out.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446582117
Publisher:
FaithWords
Publication date:
04/11/2011
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
428,357
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Lauraine Snelling has been writing since 1980, with over 65 books published, both fiction and non-fiction, historical and contemporary, for adults and young readers. Her books consistently appear on CBA bestseller lists, and have been translated into Norwegian, Danish, and German. A hallmark of her style is writing about real issues of forgiveness, loss, domestic violence, and cancer within a compelling story. Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Bassett named Chewy. Visit her Web site at www.laurainesnelling.com.

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On Hummingbird Wings 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
kittycrochettwo More than 1 year ago
It has been quite a while since I have read anything by Jauraine Snelling, but the cover of her newest book captured my attention, watching hummingbirds is one of my favorite summertime passtimes. So I chose this book based on its cover, and wasn't dissapointed. Allie and Gillian are sisters who are totally different or so it seems. While Allison always seemed to be the favored sister, she married had a family and stayed in California, close to home and has been helping her mother. Gillian on the other hand left home, moving to New York were she became a corperate executive. Its been five years since Gillian has been home, a fact that Allie quickly reminds her of, when she makes a call pleading for help with their mother, who has taken to her bed and refuses to eat. Gillian is annoyed at first with the intrusion into her day, but starts toying with the idea of going home, and in a move that even surprises herself, she tells her boss she is going out of town on a family emergency.What was supposed to be a weekend stay turns into something else, when she is told that her company has been bought out and she is out of a job. Will she return to New York, or will she realize that what she really wants is in California. I enjoyed this one. It really looks at the relationship between the two sisters, while Allie seems to have the perfect life, perfect husband, home and children, she isn't really content. The relationship between the two sisters seems very realistic, with each one believing that the other one was the mothers favorite. When Gillian comes home and finds everything a mess, it was easy to see that Allie had been overwhelmed with the responsibility of being her mothers caregiver while trying to do everything for her family. The sweet relationship that develops between Gillian and the next door neighbor Adam was nice, and Thor and Winnie the two canines in the story were a great addition. This was a smooth easy read, but not something that kept me turning the pages, for me it was a relaxing read, something I could put down and pick up again. While I didn't love the story I really liked it.Fans of contemporary christian fiction that deal with family issues should definatly give this one a look. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book (thanks Sarah) in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so fascinating. Not what I expected by the title, but it is a great read. I enjoyed it so much! Lauraine Snelling is such a gifted writer! I try and read every book she wrote. I doubt I have, but I have read so many of them. You can't go wrong with one of her books.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Gillian Ormsby is a powerful business executive whose world is about to come to a shrieking halt, with massive changes forcing her to review her entire life. She's used to the tension of her consuming job but is now about to undergo a true test of stamina. For her mother, Dorothy, has decided she is dying; and to make sure she gets the message across, she's not eating or talking. All she does is sleep. Gillian's sister, Allie, calls for desperately needed help because she just can't cope. At the same time, Gillian discovers on the news that her company has been bought out and she's out of a job, albeit with a severance package. So Gillian moves from Manhattan in New York to California to take care of her mother and to eventually plan for her very vague future. Huge stressors! But Gillian's life is about to be blessed through the friendship of Adam, a neighbor who shares her love of gardening, and Enzio who is a friend to Dorothy, even when he's not wanted. No one can figure out at first how to find out what's really wrong with Dorothy and how to get her living again. Little by little, without me providing a spoiler, Gillian learns to relax even though she's doing lots of physical things. Allie finally tells her, after pages and pages of snide remarks and alternative silence, what's really bugging her. A plan begins to emerge, but even Gillian isn't prepared for the shocking revelations she receives in a series of emails and is pleased to bits about the relationship with Adam that seems to be evolving in a wonderful way. On Hummingbird Wings is a novel about what's first and foremost, the blessings of family and friends, exactly as they are. These conflicts bring Gillian into a world of practical faith that stands the daily tests, simple or gigantic! People rather than work become the priority in her new world. This is a novel about growing, changing, and loving in a creative, accepting, inspiring, and real way. Very nicely done, Ms. Snelling!
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
How nice to read a contemporary work. The protagonist, Gillian, is a successful New York businesswoman. She's climbed her way to the top of the corporate heap, but then, the bottom drops out of her world. Her sister, back home in California, calls for Gillian to come home because their mother is dying. During Gillian's weekend visit, she discovers that her company has been bought out, and she is out of a job! Gillian is left to figure out what she wants to do with the remainder of her life. Stay in California? Return to New York? Change careers? The author realistically paints the mother/daughter portrait and stress of the two sisters. Each sister thinks that the other is the one that "mother loved best." Each time the sisters communicate, the tension can be cut with a knife. This sure sounds familiar to me! However, a handsome neighbor sparks romance, causing Gillian's life to become even more complex. I connected to Gillian as she organizes and thinks through her options. She analyses much the same as me. This is a good read, and comes with a Reading Group Guide. Thank you to Sarah Reck at FaithWords for my copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the sweetness and love of this book very much. This is the fourth book by Lauraine that I have read, and I enjoyed them all. This book, in particular, reminds one to slow down in life occasionally, and remember God and the simple things that bring peace to us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a very plain book. Has a good premise but does not go anywhere. It is like reading someone's daily life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It kept me turning pages. Nice to read a good christian book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this. Story was written from a woman's point of view. Kept my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to anybody. Lauraine Snelling is one of my favorite authors. I liked all the characters in this book. very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was my first time reading anything by this author and I absolutely loved it. Cant wait to read more!
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Lapis?...
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Great story
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evilmom More than 1 year ago
A great book but then Lauraine Snelling writes fantastic books. The characters are so real that it makes you want to talk to the people in the story.
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Best book ever
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