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Seeing Things: A Novel - eBook
B&H Publishing Group / 2009 / ePub
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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 Denver where she must convalesce, Birdie's imagination really takes flight. Following a conversation with her grandson about The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, she begins to see and speak with the unkempt literary character himself on a regular basis. As the line between reality and whimsy turns brittle, faith is tested among friends and loved ones, and hope is reborn.
"Seeing Things is the touching story of a mother's love for her family flawlessly told by a master storyteller. Patti Hill weaves a touch of whimsy into the lives of her characters and leaves you longing for one more capricious afternoon spent in their presence." - Debbie Fuller Thomas author of Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon
Seeing Things skillfully weaves together the hard reality of afflictions with the whimsical side of life. While captivated by entertaining episodes, profound insights seep into your soul-setbacks don't have to defeat us, troubles don't need to bring gloom, and physical afflictions can usher adventures rather than limitations. - Janet Perez Eckles, international Christian speaker and author.
"At times ticklish and charming (oh, that Huck Finn!), at other times deeply moving, Patti Hill's Seeing Things kept the pages turning despite the hour. This grandmother's quest to put her family on the mat and lower them through the ceiling of pain and past mistakes, right to Jesus's feet, is a tale I could read again and again." - Tamara Leigh, author of Faking Grace and Leaving Carolina
"Patti Hill has created a quirky bunch of characters and dropped them into a fascinating story world where nothing is too far-fetched, in her delightful novel Seeing Things. Thoroughly engaging from start to finish." - Sharon K. Souza, author of Lying on Sunday
When you open this book, you will meet a completely lovable, huggable, I-wish-she-lived-next door woman! Birdie Wainwright suffers from macular degeneration but she 'sees' better than most people. She lets her heart choose her direction and listens intently to that still, small voice of God. Because of all this, her life explodes like Fourth of July fireworks, with bursts of love, laughter, tears and joy.
At 72, Birdie was very independent, climbing mountains with her dog, Miss Bee Haven, and flirting with the local pharmacist. But when she breaks her ankle, her son insists she come to live with him and his family. During her convalescence, Birdie's bone not only heals, but a few other 'broken' things as well. Birdie is a character that will live on in readers' memories long after the last page in this book is turned. She is a delightful combination of innocent faith and savvy strength. She relies on God to get the job done, but isn't afraid to step up to the plate to move things along.
When her vision problem develops an unusual side effect, (she sees and talks to Huck Finn), her family huddles together for a solution. But Birdie calmly continues walking with God, along paths of His choosing. Although a car accident and a kitchen fire might make it seem Birdie made a wrong turn, when the dust and the smoke settles, life is even better than before. You will absolutely love the places this woman takes you to!
Seeing Things is all about closing your eyes and listening to your heart. And with Birdie as your 'seeing-eye gal', life gets more colorful indeed. - http://www.inthelibraryreviews.net
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