Apr 23, 2011

On Hummingbird Wings by Lauraine Snelling

"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?


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 website at www.laurainesnelling.com or the On Hummingbird Wings website at http://www.onhummingbirdwings.com/


Oh what a fabulous way to spend a sunny Saturday!  After a very long and dreary winter, I have a serious case of spring fever, and the lovely cover of this book drew me right in.  The blue sky, cheery flowers and hummingbird is exactly what the doctor ordered. And sitting out on my back deck reading was fantastic!

Two sisters, living on opposite corners of the country, have become almost strangers over the years.  They are forced to put their heads together when their mother decides that she is dying, even though there is nothing physically wrong with her.

Gillian, the older sister, is a very successful executive from New York, and she truly thought she was happy.  Allie is the younger sister from California , and she always felt she didn't measure up to the expectations of their mother, Dorothy.

Dorothy has a severe case of depression, and her daughters must call a truce between themselves if they are to pull their mother through her darkest days.  The story of the power of love affects everyone in the story in ways they had never imagined.

For a great summer read, I highly recommend On Hummingbird Wings.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of Hachette Books in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great book! Very nice review:)