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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  212 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Birdie Wainwright, 72, isn’t concerned about seeing things that others can’t. For a woman who still climbs mountains with her dog (Miss Bee Haven) and likes to tango, the impractical visions brought on by macular degeneration are just another gift from God, adding more adventure to life. But when a tumble down the stairs breaks her ankle and leads back to her son’s home in ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by B&H Books (first published August 20th 2009)
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Emorgan05
This was a totally charming story. Birdie is a fun narrator who tries to help her family, be independent, and goes on adventures with Huck Finn of all people. It's also a well-designed story. I started the semester with The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in my American Lit class, so I had finished reading that just a month or so before I started this, and the author actually parallels Mark Twain's construction of Huck Finn. So Birdie, the narrator, starts off speaking to the reader in the same w ...more
Ralph
I am not a big fan of Christian Fiction, though, I have come across a few that have a good story without feeling like the religious part is being forced on the reader. This is one of those books, that don't force it on you, but make it clear that it is there. I enjoyed the author's way of sharing the story, as a first-person view, as if they were sitting down and telling you face to face (plus added details like exact conversations, etc.). The main character has AMD (Age-related Macular Degenera ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Seeing Things by Patti Hill is a tasty treat for a summer's afternoon. Birdie Wainwrights prides herself on her independence and zest for life, even at the age of 72 and suffering from macular degeneration. When she starts seeing hallucinations of flowers in the middle of her living room, she starts to doubt her sanity, and when she ends up breaking her ankle because of them, her perfect life is turned upside-down. Birdie is forced to recover while living with her son Andy and wife Suzanne whose ...more
Megan
This was a fun read with strong characters and an even stronger message. Birdie Wainwright has macular degeneration with a large grey blur in the middle of her vision. If that were not enough she starts seeing things. It starts with flowers, but when the field of flowers is in place of her stairs, she takes a tumble and breaks an ankle. Her son brings her to his house to recover. Living in her sons house allows her a view of the troubles there. She makes new friends and develops a new way to pra ...more
Lorraine
Oct 04, 2009 Lorraine rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christian Fiction lovers
Recommended to Lorraine by: LT Early Reviewers
Shelves: american, i-own-it, youth
It's difficult to read a book with flat, stereotyped characters and poor character development when you're teaching your English class what good character development should be.

The protagonist here, Birdie, is supposedly an old woman. However, the only way you know she's over 70 is because she keeps telling you. Nothing in her dialogue, very little in her thoughts or actions (other than what relates to her disease) reflects an old woman. The character keeps telling you she's old, because otherw
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MBP
I really enjoyed some aspects of this book: the main character, Birdie Wainwright, seems like a fun older woman you'd love to have a conversation with. The depiction of macular degeneration and the "Bats" (support group) were very interesting, and reminded me so much of my mother's experiences with MD.

However, I found the whole Huck Finn subplot odd and intrusive. It did nothing for me; I would have preferred keeping the focus on Birdie, coming to terms with the drawbacks of aging, and trying to
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Michelle
Seeing Things is an entertaining story. The author's voice is strong and I loved how it sounded very "senior citizen." I adored the main character, Birdie, and enjoyed getting to know her through her inner dialog. This entire story was incredibly creative and unique. I learned a few things about people with AMD as well. What I enjoyed most about this novel were the relationship dynamics and how realistic the author made the tension in Fletcher's family. Also, the whole issue about trying to help ...more
Rebecca Young
Nov 16, 2014 Rebecca Young rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rebecca by: Heather Rodriguez
I all but gave up on this book, but I'm not a quitter and kept at it. The reward was great and inspirational and gave me new insight on a debilitating eye disease that has touched our family. The author creatively gives you laughs, tears, and heart throbs. A good read for anyone who likes a little tug on the heart now and then . . . .
Virginia
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Caterina Fava
Birdie is a lovely, eccentric lady, who has visions, due to her degenerative disease, that affects her sight. This doesn't stop her: she hikes, she is extremely social, she even has a love interest in an adorable younger pharmacist.[return]When she falls from the stairs and break her ankle, though, she moves from her little town to the more comfortable home of her son. It's immediately clear that the family (beside the son, a too busy wife and a teenager grandson in distress) will need Birdie's ...more
Kelly
I would recommend reading Seeing Things to all those who love a light, heartwarming Christian story. I look forward to reading other novels by Patti Hiil. I felt the author did justice in her description of the side effects from Birdie's macular degeneration. My mom has early onset md in her left eye, and has experienced many of the same situations that Birdie found herself in. By adding the literary character of Huckleberry Fin, Ms. Hill has made Birdie a character to remember. Birdie grew on m ...more
Ruby halliburton
"Seeing Things" is a story about a lady in her seventies with macular degeneration and her family. Although she can't see things too well with her eyes she sees with her heart. It is a love story - loving, finding love, and renewing love. It also is a love story between Jesus and us.

Birdie showed this love to her son, daughter-in-law, grandson, and the housekeeper. All their lives were changed because of Birdie's prayers and love. She was aided by "Huck" a fantasy of her imagination.

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Dorrice
Because my preferred fiction genres are either Amish romance or those of pioneer days, I almost passed this up till I noticed that the protagonist has AMD (age-related macular degeneration.) Since i am blessed (?) with the same affliction I decided to read it. Just a few chapters into the book as yet, and so far I like it.

I enjoyed the book no end. At first Birdie's seeing things made me uncomfortable, but after finding out that something called Charles Bonnet's Syndrome is possible in people wi
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Michele
This is a beautiful book about Birdie, an aging woman suffering from macular degeneration. When a fall down the stairs (which appeared to be a slope of wildflowers) lands her at her son's home to recuperate, she begins to feel trapped and homesick. Suddenly Huckleberry Finn begins to visit her and life becomes a little crazy and confusing. Birdie must navigate through, not only her visions, but also a family that has pushed themselves away from her and each other. This book is all about love and ...more
Katherine
Very intriguing. I'd actually give it 3 1/2 stars but didn't have that option. I liked the characters the best--fiesty grandma with macular degeneration and sweet, painful teenager-y Fletcher. If I saw an imaginary person I sure wouldn't pick Huck Finn but it really worked in this story. There was also more talking about and praying to God than I usually like in books I read, but again, it worked here. And, the book was not at all preachy. The funny Spanish maid was always teasing grandma about ...more
Katie
I actually really enjoyed this book. It wouldn't be one I'd normally pick up. It's about a woman in her 70s who starts to see "hallucinations" like seeing flowers and Huck Finn. It's also a Christian book with lots of praying and scripture talk, but I don't think it was overdone.

The writing was witty and the main message was about family. Birdie has to go live with her son and gets to spend a lot of time with her teenage grandson. Not a quick read, but I looked forward to it each night.

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Chris
Fragmented is the only word I can think of to describe this book. The story doesn't flow at all - it's told in fits and starts. Frequently, the characters are reacting to something that the author later explains. The details about life with macular degeneration were interesting and the characters likable but, unless I missed it (since, I confess, I got bored with the story and started skimming), Birdie's visitations from Huck Finn are never really explained. The only part I enjoyed was the relat ...more
Ann
I love Patti Hill's writng, but I expected this to be a humorous story, based on the back cover blurb about the protagonist, Birdie, seeing Huck Finn. To me, however, this was a family drama involving an older woman and her grown son's family. The drama was excellent, and timely for me, as we are dealing with an elderly family member right now. However, the Huck Finn parts just didn't grab me. I think the story would have been fine without them. Just my opinion.

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Laura
A fun read!
Kimberlie
I really enjoyed the story of Birdie and how her faith stitched together a relationship with her son that they didn't know was broken. The beginning draws you in quickly with Birdie's humor until you come to know the other characters in her life. By the time the heart-wrenching drama unfolds, you are so invested that you must keep reading to see how it plays out. The ending is satisfying and reinforces the theme that God is guiding us through the storms so we can enjoy the rainbows.
Pooch
Good story that was inflated to the point that I had to skim through...snore...sections.

Especially enjoyed the wit, humor, and optimistic tone of the book.

It is a calm, enjoyable, and not a mentally taxing read, which is good at the right time.

The author skillfully writes about themes of independence, inter-dependence, and love, with which most readers can identify.

Something to think about: meanings of "see".
Melanie
When you read the summary of this book it sounds totally bizarre; a woman with macular degeneration who see purple flowers on her stairs and talks to Huck Finn. What it truly is is a heartwarming Christian story of the healing of a family, full of thoughtful insights. I loved it.
Jessica
2.5 stars. It wasn't bad, it was just so all over the place. I felt like the author kept adding element after element to the plot and it made everything kind of forgettable and less meaningful. Birdie (the main character) had a fun voice but I wasn't sad when I was done.
Ratforce
You expressed an interest in both inspirational fiction and literary fiction. You may enjoy this Christian novel about a feisty aging woman with macular degeneration. The book even has a tie to Mark Twain’s classic novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Hillary
I did enjoy the book. However, there were too many unrealistic things in the book for me to give it a 4 star. If you are looking for a quick, easy read, this is one. Also if you do not want to read religion book, this is not one you want to read.
Leslie
If someone had told me Seeing Things was about an old lady with bad eyesight ..awful daughter-in-law..Huck Finn sightings.. and prayer, I would have never picked it up..strange thing is I liked it. Shed a few tears at the end.
Linda
I had a really hard time finishing this book. I could have done without the whole Huck Finn thing, however all that you are left with is a story about an aging parent and a family with problems.
Denise
Patti Hill has a great skill for connecting the reader with her heroines. It was easy to connect with a 70 year old grandma in deteriorating health because of her warmth and honesty.
Katherine


Okay so I don't usually give a book a perfect rating but I also don't normally have a silly grin on my face hours after finishing a book either. This one will not disappoint!
Cindy Van Iwaarden
Very funny, Birdie is a loveable, wise, imperfect, witty woman. This was a fun read with many great life lessons, such as forgiveness and taking life's lemons and making lemonade.
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After years of raising children and then joyfully teaching elementary school, Patti finally took her long-ago college English professor’s advice ("You should be a writer") and fulfilled the dream of having her first novel published to wide acclaim in 2005.

She now writes full time and loves connecting with readers via her web site and on Twitter.
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