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Seeing Things: A Novel

Seeing Things: A Novel

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by Patti Hill

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Birdie Wainwright, 72, isn’t concerned about seeing things that others can’t. For a woman who still climbs mountains with her dog (Miss Bee Haven) and likes to tango, the impractical visions brought on by macular degeneration are just another gift from God, adding more adventure to life. But when a tumble down the stairs breaks her ankle and leads back


Birdie Wainwright, 72, isn’t concerned about seeing things that others can’t. For a woman who still climbs mountains with her dog (Miss Bee Haven) and likes to tango, the impractical visions brought on by macular degeneration are just another gift from God, adding more adventure to life. But when a tumble down the stairs breaks her ankle and leads back to her son’s home in Denver where she must convalesce, Birdie’s imagination really takes flight. Following a conversation with her grandson about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, she begins to see and speak with the unkempt literary character himself on a regular basis. As the line between reality and whimsy turns brittle, faith is tested among friends and loved ones, and hope is reborn.

Seeing Things is a story about family, reconciliation, and hearing from God in unexpected ways.


Seeing Things is a delight for the senses. Patti Hill is gifted with the ability to provide a colorful illusion with words, in which I could see better through the eyes of an older woman with macular degeneration than I can see through my own eyes. The story is honest about family struggles, filled with realistic characters and gentle humor--a literary treat.

Hannah Alexander, author of A Killing Frost and the Hideaway series

What a joyful adventure this was! In Seeing Things, Patti Hill has created the most wonderful traveling companion: Birdie Wainwright, a plucky, funny, deliciously foolish, wondrously wise grandmother with macular degeneration and hallucinations of Huckleberry Finn. Mix her in with a well-meaning dog, a lovesick pharmacist, and a family much too uppity for its britches, and you've got a tender, soul-stirring novel that will make you smile long after you turn the last page.

~ Kathleen Popa, author of To Dance in the Desert and The Feast of Saint Bertie

"Patti Hill has created a quirky bunch of characters and dropped them into a fascinating story world where nothing is too far-fetched, in her delightful novel Seeing Things. Thoroughly engaging from start to finish." Sharon K. Souza, author of Lying on Sunday


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B&H Publishing Group
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5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Patti Hill, after years of raising children and then joyfully teaching elementary school, finally took her long-ago college English professor’s advice (“You should be a writer”) and fulfilled the dream of having her first novel published to wide acclaim in 2005. She writes almost every day now and lives with her husband in Grand Junction, Colorado.

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Seeing Things 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
SharonALavy More than 1 year ago
This book fits with my passion "Why We Need Girlfriends." A Bible study book I'll be talking about another day. The family relationships in the book are great. Healing between family members. Grandmother and grandson bonding. But the group of women with failing eyesight that band together do more than the doctors or family for Birdie. Girlfriends are friends who stick closer than relatives. Seeing Things made me laugh out loud, which is common in husband's family, but not in mine.I can't recommend this story high enough.
montanabound More than 1 year ago
Just finished this in our book club--highly recommend reading it. We all found a common thread woven through the story for a fun and touching discussion time we were all able to relate to. Storyline is very fitting for today's challenging family life, including blended family relationships. You will immediately relate to every character and identify with the struggles of everyday life faced at any age. The author brought special meaning to each character that left you full of love, compassion, and a deep sense of appreciation for them individually. Please don't hesitate to read this book.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Seeing Things by Patti Hill is a tasty treat for a summer's afternoon. Birdie Wainwrights prides herself on her independence and zest for life, even at the age of 72 and suffering from macular degeneration. When she starts seeing hallucinations of flowers in the middle of her living room, she starts to doubt her sanity, and when she ends up breaking her ankle because of them, her perfect life is turned upside-down. Birdie is forced to recover while living with her son Andy and wife Suzanne whose busy lives keep them on the run and away from son Fletcher, who has memorized baseball stats as a form of prayer in his lonely life. Things get even crazier when Huckleberry Finn shows up and starts talking to Birdie, and the faith of the whole family is tested. I absolutely adored the character of Birdie, and I hate that the book had to end! Hill precisely renders the conflict between aging parent and busy child when it comes to assisted living centers and independent living. Birdie wants only to heal and please her family, but she is forced over and over again to turn their care over to God. Her interpretation of putting them through the roof on a mat is one I will remember and use myself. The characters feel real, full of passion and life, like people you know personally, and the story has just the perfect amount of humor, faith, and love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book! The story helped me to be grateful for the small things in life. Great book for a group discussion! Loved the way the main character related to her grandson and other family members.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Definetly encourage you to read it too!
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This started out a little slow for me. It was good and I am glad I stayed with it because it was a great story. I got it originally because the plot summary reminded me of one of my favorite authors, Lorena McCourtney. Though this author was nothing like Lorena, she did manage to keep my interest. Stick with it if you get the book.....
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the story of Birdie and how her faith stitched together a relationship with her son that they didnt know was broken. The beginning draws you in quickly with Birdie's humor until you come to know the other characters in her life. By the time the heart-wrenching drama unfolds, you are so invested that you must keep reading to see how it plays out. The ending is satisfying and reinforces the theme that God is guiding us through the storms so we can enjoy the rainbows.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun story with all kinds of twists for family love and tolerance. Lessons for moving through or around obstacles of life.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Christian based books can be hard to find. Birdie's comparison of the men lowering their friend thru an opening so Jesus would heal thir friend and her doing that with her worries, made me think of how to do the same in my life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Besides being enjoyable reading, the info about macular degeneration was interesting. My mom was dx with macular degeneration- dry- and I think that she had the same type of hallucinations that Birdie had. She told me that she would see little people- wasn't frightened by them-they were always friendly. Interesting:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a lovely story of an older women ... life through her eyes and the faith she has to get her through. Upon first reading I thought I might not enjoy this story too much, but I was hooked very quickly. It's a very interesting story...Huck helps with that. :) If you like stories that have meaning and stress faith, this is a great book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't know what to expect & was pleasantly surprised
LoveToReadNC More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and did not expect to. It was funny, sad, jarring, irritating, and yes educational. All of these emotions ( and information) came out in the midst of an interesting story. Well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An elderly lady has some problems with her vision and her family. This is a heartwarming story of an elderly lady facing some of the problems attending old age. Strength, courage, humor, and a loving grandson are included in her arsenal to combat the difficulties (old age ain't for sissies, you know).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book although ending was vague. Could have used a couple more pages written at the end to clear up matters. Ending came too quick. Other than that it is a delightful story.
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Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
Who hasn't had an imaginary friend that used to talk to when they were little? Even now, sometimes the characters you create in your head are better company to keep than the real people you have to interact with on a daily basis. That's what life is like for Birdie as she finds that it's easier to communicate with Huckleberry Finn than with her son and his wife. That is a literary character that would be great to have a conversation with. I love how their conversations mostly consist of Birdie being able to confide and share her thoughts with Huck just sitting there listening. It's the best situation ever! I found the relationship between Birdie and her son and his family to very interesting to the story. I felt that this relationship is the epitome of elderly parents and their children who aren't sure how to take care of them. Their reactions and attitudes towards each other were very realistic and it touches at the heart for those who have been in this situation. What I liked best was how the author portrayed Birdie. She's not shown as a cranky elderly person who thinks that her way is the best way. She loves her grandson very much and wants to make everything right for him. Her relationship with her son is rocky and is even more so with his wife. However she tries to do her best to keep the peace even though it's very difficult for her. My only complaint is that it's very slow for about halfway through the book. It takes a while to really get into the story. It's not boring, there's just a lot of that you have to see through Birdie's eyes first before delving deeper. This book is not a fast read, but it's one to savor. I feel that it will touch many readers and pull some heartstrings. Perfect for a lazy fall's day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the play on words in the title. Birdie has macular degeneration, so she couldn't see clearly with her eyes, however, she saw things in other ways: from her visits with fictional character, Huck Finn; to seeing deeply with her heart. A delight.