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On Little Wings

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  1,208 Ratings  ·  234 Reviews
This is a story of the countless ways we get love wrong. And why, despite every disappointment, we keep fighting to get it right.

Jennifer must do the impossible – bring her mother home. When a family is torn apart by death, two sisters take violently divergent paths and the story of their family appears to end terribly and abruptly. Two decades later Jennifer never dreams
Paperback, 1st, 361 pages
Published January 4th 2012 by Viking (first published December 13th 2011)
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Donna Weaver
Jun 06, 2012 Donna Weaver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. All I can say is Wow.

I just finished Regina Sirois’ book On Little Wings. I’ve been hearing hype on this book for a long time now and had actually purchased the ebook some time ago. It moved up high enough on my to-read list. I'm SO glad.

I’ll say right now that I don’t give many five-star reviews. I love a lot of books. A three-star review means I liked the book. Four stars means I really liked a book and would own it and read it again. Giving a book five stars means it touched me in some w
Jan 24, 2012 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Jennifer must do the impossible – bring her mother home. When a family is torn apart by death, two sisters take violently divergent paths and the story of their family appears to end terribly and abruptly. Two decades later Jennifer never dreams that the photo she finds stuck between the pages of a neglected book will tear open a gaping wound to her mother’s secret past. Abandoning her comfortable life with her parents and best friend in the wheat fields of Nebraska, Jennifer’s quest for a hidd ...more
Katelyn (Tales of Books and Bands)
You guys, I love this book so hard core! It knocked me right off my feet with its unique voice, real emotions, genuine relationships between characters, and a ton more! In many ways it reminded me of a Sarah Dessen novel combined with the raw emotions seen in Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal, and then finally mixed with all the family drama that is included in Squalor, New Mexico by Lisette Brody. So yes this book reminded me of all three of these BUT it also stuck out in its own ...more
Feb 05, 2012 Jaclyn rated it it was amazing
I was excited to try a new book called On Little Wings. I'm always looking for a new book and was thrilled to dive into this one. I was rewarded with a beautiful story that captured my attention and had me entangled in the world until the last page.

First the synopsis:

Jennifer must do the impossible – bring her mother home. When a family is torn apart by death, two sisters take violently divergent paths and the story of their family appears to end terribly and abruptly. Two decades later Jennife
Feb 28, 2012 Lara rated it really liked it
Original review posted here

When I was first asked to review this book, I thought that the synopsis included in the email was very intriguing:

"This is the story of the countless ways we get love wrong. And why, despite every disappointment, we keep fighting to get it right.

Jennifer must do the impossible bring her mother home. When a family is torn apart by death, two sisters take violently divergent paths and the story of their family appears to end terribly and abruptly. Two decades later Jen
Feb 10, 2012 Jackie rated it did not like it
I can not understand How this book has 4.5 Stars???????
Feb 19, 2012 Christine rated it liked it
After reading the glowing reviews, I was disappointed. The plot was really very simple, but the author's treatment of it was overly dramatic. It was very predictable and contrived.
Alice Gold
Mar 14, 2012 Alice Gold rated it really liked it
I reviewed this book on the kindle, so coming over to goodreads to write my review and seeing the actual cover has made my day. And it's only 10am. The cover is perfect. I love the title of this book, especially when it reveals itself in the actual story. One could say that this book is a compelling argument for the saying, "Let love go, and see if it comes back to you." More than likely if the love is true, it will fly back to you on the wings of angels, even if it takes far too much time.

Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
This is a condensed review. To see the extended version, please visit this link.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank Tristi for setting up these tours and tell her how much I enjoyed being a part of them.

Now, for my review. I went into this novel with average expectations. I thought it would be a decent read, but that it wouldn't be anything special. And let me tell you how wrong I was. I started reading this without expecting this book to
Christi Flagg
Mar 05, 2012 Christi Flagg rated it it was amazing
This book was lovely. My mother loaned it to me on her kindle. It had a similar coming of age tone as some classic Madeline L'Engle books. I could tell the author cared about all of her characters. I wanted a friend such as her best friend Cleo: brilliant and loyal. I loved the Jacks on the pier: three old men who pestered each other and passersby and caused trouble each 4th of July by setting off illegal fireworks. The plot of reconnecting two sisters with long-ago hurts is true and deep. Now I ...more
Mar 12, 2012 Pam rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you find a book that thrills you on the first few pages and then peters out after a while, leaving you disappointed, yawning, and reaching for a different book. However, once in a great while you encounter a novel that entices you on the first page and beguiles until the last word. “On Little Wings” by Regina Sirois is such a book. Published in 2011 by CreateSpace, it’s the debut novel of a writer who creates unforgettable characters and dresses their story in exceptionally well-crafte ...more
Apr 09, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-literature
It was not the most original plot, but it was beautifully written. That made it a joy to read and hard to put down. I loved so many little things about it that I kept sharing bits and pieces with anyone that would listen.

Anyone wanna do lines with me now?
Apr 14, 2012 Taffy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
First line:

"The DNA of mice and humans is 98% identical."

Loved this story. Loved the descriptions. I felt like I was in small town Maine with Jennifer. I want to visit there. Can I remake my home to resemble a beach cottage? Because now I really, really want to. Thanks a lot Regina! *smiley face*

There were many times I wanted to bookmark a certain sentence or passage but I couldn't take the time to stop reading to do it. I'm glad I own a copy of the book on my phone so I can reread it. I would l
May 11, 2012 Denise rated it liked it
I'd give this a 3.5 if I could. To be honest, I was skeptical about this one--skepticism that was only confirmed when I started reading and just couldn't get into it. But I had heard and read good things so I continued to plow through. I'm glad I did! Though it takes a little while to get going, I love the characters in this one. They're so complex and real--they're just really well-developed. Same with the story line. It's romantic ("as in the beauty of something") without being "mythology." Si ...more
May 15, 2012 Heidi rated it it was amazing
It has been a long time since such words wove through my hair, my clothing, and my mind--like sea spray in a stiff breeze. On Little Wings spoke to my soul and reminded me of my own lost, bittersweet loves, my summer magic, my little death as I said good-bye. He waits in my memories, laughing, teasing me. I was once seventeen too.

More than that, the book speaks to me of another--of my own wounds left unbound, years still slowly bleeding as we watch our separate lives slide away in silence. How I
Karey White
May 29, 2012 Karey White rated it it was amazing
Wow! It's been a long time since I picked up a book that ripped at my insides like this one did. It is beautifully written and breath-taking in its ability to evoke feelings and emotions. I couldn't wait to see how it ended but I couldn't stand the thought of it ending. I read it over a few days only because I wanted to enjoy the beautiful writing. Please write more, Regina. And thank you for writing something that I can happily have my daughters read.
Mar 11, 2015 Darla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Genre:YA fiction) 16 year old Jennifer is the only child of parents who also grew up without siblings. At least that is what she has always been told. But when she finds a name and a photograph in an old paperback book on her family's bookshelf, she discovers that she has an aunt. Her mother's older sister. A sister that her mother has never acknowledged in the last 16+ years. Jennifer embarks on a journey to find and meet her aunt, against her mother's wishes, and in doing so, she begins to un ...more
Jun 03, 2012 Kira rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-bargains
This was far too teenage angsty for me. I also felt as if the whole "drama" was very contrived. Not really a romance either so much as a crush.
Jun 03, 2012 Becca rated it it was ok
Did I read the same book as everyone else? This was a free book on my kindle, and the reviews made it seem amazing. However, I was extremely disappointed in the book and found myself predicting everything.

At one point it got so lame/predictable/dramatic/busy that I couldn't wait to finish.
Jun 29, 2012 Robin rated it it was amazing
Immediately after I finished this book I pre-ordered it to make sure I own it in hardcover when it comes back. I know I'll reread it again and would love to introduce it to my pre-teen daughter knowing that she will get something special out of it now and enjoy it more and more over time. The physical descriptions of the Maine town as well make me longing to know such a place. The characters are painted in enough detail to make you wish you had such people in your life. On top of that, the story ...more
Mandi Murphy
Jun 22, 2013 Mandi Murphy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, author-visits, 2013
The author.

I picked up this book because Regina Sirois was a friend of a friend. We went together to her new author event at our local bookstore. She was beautiful and sweet and just really wonderful to meet.

The book.

The book is breathtaking. I read all types but usually prefer fantasy. The more inconceivable the better. I've enjoyed a lot of more realistic books but I've never LOVED one. The characters are so real. They are individual people that you just love with all of their imperfections an
Lori Piper
Jul 17, 2016 Lori Piper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-2013
This books opens:
"Not every ocean is wet. The first time I stared at a wheat field and saw the golden stalks roll like a tide pushed by the wind, I knew I’d learned a secret; there is ocean in Nebraska."
I’m going to give you a second. Read that again. Read it out loud. Now imagine 400 pages that are just as beautiful.

This is an extraordinary book. The story is well-told. The narrator is sympathetic. The supporting characters are charming. The ending is hopeful.

But that’s not why it’s extraordina
Sep 23, 2013 Becky rated it it was ok
Jennifer grew up believing that her small immediate family was all she had, until one day she discovers a photo of a woman who looks remarkably like her. This is her aunt Sarah, her mother's sister. When her mother won't tell her why they are estranged, Jennifer calls Sarah and then insists on visiting her in Maine for the summer. Family secrets, lost heritage, all that good stuff.

I enjoyed the family secrets aspect of the story. Family secrets, in fact, are probably my number one appeal factor
Kylie Larson
Aug 16, 2013 Kylie Larson rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
The Gist of It
Described as a young adult novel, I felt as if On Little Wings was far deeper than the genre describes. This is a story about multiple generations of women leaving, and returning, to small town Maine. In the middle of a school project one afternoon, sixteen-year-old Jennifer finds a photograph of a young woman she does not know and this leads her to discover her mother is estranged from her sister, Jennifer's aunt, in Smithport, Maine. Jennifer embarks on a Maine adventure for the
Dec 22, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was ok
Sixteen-year old Nebraska girl Jennifer has discovered that her mother has had a secret from her; she has an older sister to whom she has not spoken in twenty years, though she won't really explain why--it's something to do with their mother's death. Jennifer, furious at having been lied to, contacts her Aunt Sarah, who is thrilled and invites her to Smithport, Maine--her mother's hometown. Against her mother's passionate wishes, Jennifer goes and finds she loves both her aunt and Smithport, inc ...more
Stacey Conrad
Mar 06, 2014 Stacey Conrad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
l need to find a line to quote like they did in this book. more to come after I ruminate.

The descriptions in this book are wonderful word pictures and very sensory rich. I could see and feel the places Ms. Sirois described; the emotions were well conveyed, bringing tears to my eyes several times. When I made the connection to the book’s title I got pretty excited, my poor students who happened to be around when I did that got an earful. IThe characters end almost every day by quoting a line from
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Sep 10, 2015 Jeana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Sometimes there are books that make you fall in love with reading all over again. This was one of them for me. I found this at the $1 store last week in hardback and am surprised it was there (although there were more). There were so many things I loved about this book—the Maine setting and the ocean, the poetry every night, the imperfect love story, a tender and complete ending. I just wanted to get back to reading it every free moment I had. I'm not saying the book didn't have its weakness—som ...more
Oct 10, 2016 Veronica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my favorite book this year. The history artfully woven into present day and the characters that grab your heart. I don't read books twice, but I'd read this one again.
Danny Luna
Oct 22, 2016 Danny Luna rated it it was amazing
Jennifer’s life changes when she finds a photo of a girl who turns out to be this secret Aunt. Ughhhhhh could not stop reading this attention grabbing book. Jennifer goes all the way to smithport just to meet her aunt. Jennifer's mom didn't want her to go at first because of a secret reason. THIS KEPT ME AT THE EDGE OF MY SEAT!!!! I would recommend this book to people who go through family problems, in my view I can totally relate to this book!
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Winner of the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for my debut novel, On Little Wings, available 5/30/13 from Penguin/Viking.
I am a housewife, mother, writer, interior decorator and avid reader.
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