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The Hummingbird House

The Hummingbird House

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In this eagerly anticipated spin off from Donna Ball's beloved Ladybug Farm series, Paul Slater and Derrick Anderson set about opening the Hummingbird House B&B with their usual style and flair, only to find that they may have taken on more than they bargained for. Despite constant coaching from their friends Cici, Bridget and Lindsay, they don't seem to be able to do

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In this eagerly anticipated spin off from Donna Ball's beloved Ladybug Farm series, Paul Slater and Derrick Anderson set about opening the Hummingbird House B&B with their usual style and flair, only to find that they may have taken on more than they bargained for. Despite constant coaching from their friends Cici, Bridget and Lindsay, they don't seem to be able to do anything right. Before they know how it happened, they are at odds with their teenage housekeeper, overwhelmed by a zany spiritualist who seems determined to take over their lives, and, most horrifying of all, on the wrong side of the law. But while they wrestle with one misfortune after another, forces are at work behind the scenes that have put unrelated strangers on the road to The Hummingbird House, where accidents become destiny, defeat is transformed into victory, and all that is required for a miracle is an open heart.

Welcome to The Hummingbird House, where you may not find what you expect, but you'll always find what you need.

Praise for Donna Ball's Ladybug Farm series:

"A must read." --Examiner.com

"Absolutely delectable"
--Publisher's Weekly

"Hilarious and heartwarming"
--North Carolina Pilot

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-06
The grand opening of a Virginia bed-and-breakfast is the setting for Ball's (High in Trial, 2013, etc.) latest novel full of comedy and sentiment. This spinoff from the author's Ladybug Farm series turns from best friends Bridget, Cici and Lindsay to their Shenandoah Valley neighbors, Paul and Derrick. The couple leaves the social whirl of Washington, D.C., behind and buys a bed-and-breakfast called the Hummingbird House. After much renovation, the two are just about ready to open--but are "now beginning to realize they had not entirely thought this through." They have enough towels, but how will they get publicity and attract guests? Meanwhile, 97-year-old Annabelle wants her granddaughter Megan to take her on one last trip; she's not sure of the destination, but she says that she'll know it when she sees it. At the same time, Joshua Whitman, a young man with a past, is also on the road, trying to find someone. As Paul and Derrick deal with unexpected problems--and unexpected help, including a chiffon-draped spiritualist--they find that the Hummingbird House has the power to bring the right people together. Ball, who has written scores of novels in several genres, knows how to construct a plot, and the pieces of this one fit together handily. Many readers will find it satisfying and uplifting, although others may find its plot too pat. Similarly, many but not all readers will enjoy the book's heavy emphasis on eating, drinking, interior decorating and gardening, as these well-described sections tend to put more emphasis on lifestyle than on relationships. The book shies away from being too contentious. Confederate soldiers, for example, are called "romantic….Perfectly respectable young men, land owners, classically educated," but Southern slave-owning goes unmentioned. Also, Paul and Derrick never kiss, although they're clearly a couple, and the word "gay" never appears. There are touches of real magic, however, including a particularly affecting, gnomish character who helps Josh. An amusing, undemanding tale likely to warm readers' hearts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781628990270
Publisher:
Center Point
Publication date:
03/28/2014
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
349
Sales rank:
1,197,963
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Donna Ball is the author of over a hundred novels under several different pseudonyms in a variety of genres that include romance, mystery, suspense, paranormal, western adventure, historical and women's fiction. Recent popular series include the Ladybug Farm series by Berkley Books and the Raine Stockton Dog Mystery series. Donna is an avid dog lover and her dogs have won numerous titles for agility, obedience and canine musical freestyle. She divides her time between the Blue Ridge mountains and the beach, where she lives with a variety of four-footed companions.

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