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On Hummingbird Wings

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  501 Ratings  ·  88 Reviews
"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 ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 11th 2011 by FaithWords
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Dale Harcombe
Oct 22, 2015 Dale Harcombe rated it liked it
Probably just the sort of read I needed after my previous read. This is an easy read about family relationships with a bit of romance as well.
To begin with I wasn’t that keen on Gillian who is more concerned about her job than she is about family relationships, which means her mother, younger sister Alison and her family. The way Gillian sees, it Alison has always been the favourite so Gillian has left her to deal with keeping in touch with their mother. Then comes the phone call saying their m
Laurie Buchanan
Sep 22, 2016 Laurie Buchanan rated it really liked it
Growing up, I teethed on Grace Livingston Hill books, so it was a pleasure to dive into the pages of ON HUMMINGBIRD WINGS by Lauraine Snelling, a modern day author whose writing is lightly reminiscent of days gone by—even though the setting is present day.

A story about relationships, two sisters, now in their 40s, are each under the impression that their mother likes the other one best. This, a direct result of undeniable manipulation by their 73-year-old mother. The friction this causes betwee
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
A light, mildly Christian story about family relationships. It was hard to get into and even harder to follow. Gillian is the successful, career driven older sister who has little time or understanding for her younger sister. Allison was an annoying, whiny woman who wouldn't talk without sulking or complaining and who gave every impression of being an unhappily married woman and then suddenly becomes nice towards the end. When we finally meet her family, we find that they're nice and normal and ...more
Aug 08, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this book for Night Owl Reviews

On Hummingbird Wings by Lauraine Snelling is a heartwarming and thought provoking look at a fortyish woman’s reflection on life and her choices. I was completely captivated by Ms. Snelling’s storytelling and with the characters she created. It really made me think about the choices we make daily, the sacrifices they might require and our ability to start over.

Gillian Ormsby is a great character; she’s in her mid forties, still in great shape and attract
Apr 04, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it
This is a story about learning to deal with life changes and adjusting yourself accordingly. Gillian is a successful New York career woman who finds herself going home after all these years because her mother has stopped eating and won't get out of bed. There is nothing physically wrong with her mother. Gillian steps into a new role as a caretaker to her mother until she can get back on her feet.

Meanwhile, Gillian's sister, Allie, is suffering from a midlife crisis. This part of the story is ne
Apr 11, 2011 Anita rated it it was ok
In the beginning I thought relationships among the mother and her 2 daughters was interesting, but in the end I didn't feel there was much depth or resolution. Mom says she is dying so one daughter flies across the country to help. She's there for a total of about 2 weeks, pretty much force-feeding mom and getting her up out of bed once a week to shower. Mom's never been like this before, although she has been manipulative in the past. Daughter comes home from errands one afternoon to find mom a ...more
Mary Kenyon
Jul 11, 2014 Mary Kenyon rated it liked it
I chose this book because of the beautiful cover and the premise sounded good. Unfortunately, the story felt flat and one-dimensional. I knew when I was wondering for the first 60 pages how exactly the mother in the story went to the bathroom that the story was not for me. There is no depth to these characters!
Jan 17, 2017 Debbie rated it liked it
The book was an ok love story but I should give it less stars cuz of the God talk. So annoying. Why is it religious writers always have to push their beliefs on others? A religious book should be marketed as such, not hidden with nothing mentioned anywhere on the jacket. Makes me question her agenda. Her writing was ok, but I won't read her again.
Mary Beth
Aug 22, 2014 Mary Beth rated it liked it
A sweet, feel-good book, but not very realistic.
Feb 20, 2017 Amanda rated it really liked it
Generally a good read---about a lady who uproots and goes to take care of her Mom. I would consider this book a Christian read---with references to faith, prayer, etc.
Jan 29, 2015 Melanie rated it liked it
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Apr 11, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it
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
Mar 20, 2011 Bookaholics rated it liked it
On Hummingbird Wings by Lauraine Snelling
Contemporary Romance- April 1st, 2011
3 stars

Gillian has a demanding career in New York as a business executive. When her company is on the brink of a takeover, she receives a distressing call from her sister in California. Their mother is dying. Irritated, Gillian pays no heed to the phone call. After all, their mother has claimed she has been dying far too many times already. But this time, it actually seems serious. Gillian finally decides to fly home o
Viviane Crystal
Jun 22, 2011 Viviane Crystal rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mar 27, 2011 Tomi rated it it was amazing
It’s funny how coming home causes us to revert back to the way we were and reminds us of why we left in the first place. When Gillian was asked to return home to care for her ailing mother she did so with the hope of nursing her mother back to health so she could quickly return to the comforts of her life. On Hummingbird Wings focuses on so many relationships. The relationship of two sisters, one forced to become the caretaker merely because she lived closest and a sister who moved as far away a ...more
Nancy Kroneberger
Jan 14, 2016 Nancy Kroneberger rated it liked it
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Mar 29, 2011 Cassandra rated it it was ok
To be honest, I didn't think I'd really enjoy reading this story seeing as it had a lot to do with religion and I just don’t have a certain set of beliefs. Also, the book seemed to be suited more for an older age group than I belong to, as it was about a business woman coming home to help her mother who wouldn't get out of bed and was waiting to die. My presumptions were wrong though and I in fact did enjoy the story. It was an enjoyable and uplifting read and it made me think of what I want to ...more
Oct 14, 2013 Judy rated it it was amazing
Gillian Ormsby has it all. A great job, an apartment in Greenwich Village. Yet when her younger sister calls and says her mother thinks she is dying, she grabs a plane and heads to California. She finds her mother in bed, refusing to get up, eat or shower. Allie, her sister is overwhelmed with the task at hand. In true Gillian fashion, she takes over and encourages her mother to eat and get up a little. She decides to take care of the neglected garden and even puts out hummingbird feeders. Her m ...more
Feb 20, 2011 Anna rated it liked it
When I read the summary of this book, I thought, "Wow, this sounds like a unique book". I was sadly mistaken. Right when I started reading this, I thought of those Hallmark movies. There is a wealthy, "successful" woman, she lives in a big city, but deep down, she is secretly lonely. Then, something happens that brings her to her family. It may be with magic, or in this case, a "dying" mother. During the book, she starts doubting her choice of life in the city, and etc.
Truthfully, this book was
Regina Spiker
What else is there to do when your only sister calls saying your mother is dying and you discover your high paying, prestigious job in New York City is lost? Just what Gillian does, rethinks her life and heads home, in this case to California to try and pry her once vibrant, healthy mother out of bed. As Gillian tries to adapt herself to living back in her childhood home, she meets an interesting, handsome man several doors down who has also moved back home to care for his ailing father. Coincid ...more
Flossy Marley
Jan 14, 2016 Flossy Marley rated it really liked it
The story beneath this book is so touching, the reason why I say this is because the book actually showcase what actually happens in real life. It's about this two sister who are trying to take care of their mother who is now old and how they struggle to keep her from thinking and saying that "I'm dying". I like how the author using words to resemble how they feel and actually have an impact on the reader because like other young ladies and men of course, who are married and some that hold a lar ...more
When Gillian loses her high profile job she chooses to come home to help care for her ailing mother. This means moving (at least temporarily) to California from New York. There she finds a life she never expected and when it seems like she'll have an opportunity to go back to her life in New York, she has some choices to make.

I enjoyed getting to know the characters in this story and could relate to many of the choices Gillian had to make. I also particularly liked the symbolism of the hummingb
Carol  MacInnis
May 29, 2011 Carol MacInnis rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Gillian Ormsby, the older daughter of Dorothy Ormsby and her younger sister, Allie, are the focus of this story. Gillian who lives in New York as a high-powered executive at a firm which is about to be taken over and all upper management will be let go. Allie has phoned her older sister to come immediately to California to help out with their Mother who believes she is dying, although hypochondria may be closer to the truth. Gillian leaves for California and the sibling rivalry begins as well as ...more
Bonita Sim
May 22, 2012 Bonita Sim rated it liked it
It was okay. I liked this story only really because of the gardening and helping the mom out in her time of need. Gillian returns to Martinez, California after 5 years of not visiting the family. She leaves New York, her job is unsteady.But what she finds in California is happiness of a family and the warmth she had been missing for a long time. After nurturing her mother back to health, it's discovered that the perfect life her sister Allie had was just a mirage. Both sisters were looking for a ...more
Sep 21, 2012 Molly rated it liked it
I loved the story of this book, and I loved getting to know the main character, Gillian. I was slightly distracted, however, by the style of writing. I felt it jumped around a little sometimes, I found a few small typos, and there were a few times things didn't quite line up in the story. Overall, the story was great, but the writing felt somewhat immature. I was a little disappointed by the ending as well. I thought Gillian's story wrapped up nicely, but I felt some of the supporting characters ...more
Oct 12, 2011 Joy rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Wasn't sure about this book at first. Two daughters deal with their Mom who has taken to bed and they are wondering and trying to figure out what has happened. One daughter Gillian living in N.Y. flys home to help her Mom. Gillian notices that her Mother has left her gardening and plants die out...a hobby her Mother once loved. The younger sister seems to busy with her own life and children to really know what is going on with their Mother. Both sisters learn things about each other and themselv ...more
Mar 22, 2011 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Gillian Ormsby left California over twenty years ago to pursue her dream of becoming an executive in New York. Having accomplished that goal, she now finds herself back in California after a frantic call from her sister, Allie, about their mother’s health. What starts out as a short trip back home to find out if her mother really is dying turns into a longer stay thanks to her mother’s stubbornness and Gillian’s sudden notification from her boss that she is out of a job.

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Linda Robinson
Jun 01, 2011 Linda Robinson rated it really liked it
I enjoyed On Hummingbird Wings, but it was a relaxing easy read...not a can't-put-it down suspense, thriller type. I thought the contemporary story was good, though a little slow at times. There were a few areas I would have liked the author to explain...such as the cause of the Mom's sudden severe depression to the point of wanting to die, and then her even more sudden recovery, quick marriage and two-week-long cruise! This is the first book I've read by Lauraine Snelling, but I think I'd like ...more
Lauren (babystinkbreath)
I feel like this book is a slight variation of a book I have read before. You know, workaholic looses job, returns to childhood home, rediscovers a past joy, finds true love and learns a little about herself.

This book was very slow for me and difficult to get through. The writing was good and I can understand why people do like this book, but the christian fiction plot line is just not my style. I plan on passing this book onto a family member who I know will enjoy this book.
May 31, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book because it reminded me of my mom and I at the end of her life. Wonderfully, this book has a much happier ending!!! A great story that shows what really matters in life is not always the fancy job, and big salary, but family, love and living a life true to your core values. I picked the book up because I loved the title and cover and am so glad I did because it was a good read!
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Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of over seventy books, with sales of more than 2 million copies.

She also writes for a wide range of magazines, and helps others reach their writing dreams by teaching at writers’ conferences across the country.

Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons, and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a watchdog Basset named Winston.

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