Thursday, February 7, 2013
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?
I enjoyed this book so much! Lauraine Snelling is one of my favorite authors. This is about 31 yr old Gillian, a New York Exec working 70 hour weeks, rarely taking a day off. Her plan is to retire at age 52. Getting a call from her sister about their dying hyprchrondriac mother changes her life drastically. She arranges to take two days off and flies out to CA. Not having a key to the house and no answer to the doorbell she grabs a brick and breaks a window only to be caught by a good looking neighbor walking his dog.
Gillian is a take charge kind of woman, she takes no nonsense from her mother and insists she eat, shower, get out of bed, etc. Before you know it her mother leaves on a cruise with a good family friend and unexpected things happen. I found this to be such an enjoyable book, loved Gillian's character and the way her life turns out. 5 out of 5 stars!
I received a copy of this book free from Christian Review of Books in exchange for an honest review.