A Dance with Hummingbirds: A Gift from the Other Side
From Helen Deines and Berkeley Square Press
Helen Deines novel, A Dance with Hummingbirds: A Gift from the Other Side was a pleasure to read. It starts out with Regina, a social worker for the elderly who has recently lost her husband Elliott. She has gone back to work and is trying to readjust to her life as a widow. Along with her cat, Maggie, she is getting through the days as they come, when she hears a whistle. Not just any whistle. It is the tune that had been a constant in her life for the 30 years she was married to Elliott.
How is Regina hearing her dead husband whistle? When other strange things start happening, such as a garage door opening and closing on its own and a pair of dance shoes mysteriously appearing in her closet, Regina isn’t sure if she is really being contacted from beyond by her husband or if she is going crazy!
With the help of one of her elderly clients named Mrs. Staples, and a few co workers, Regina ends up on a journey that she never could have imagined. She learns more about herself and her relationships, and she is able to have one final adventure with Elliott.
I loved the characters and the storyline, although a few things missed the mark for me. The basis of the book was Regina’s husband coming back for unfinished business. That business was that they had never danced together. I couldn’t understand why this was so important when it was revealed that neither of them had danced over the many years of their marriage, and Regina didn’t even know how to dance. I also felt as if things were not brought to a good conclusion. You never get closure on exactly how the elderly neighbor and her daughter reconciled or how and why the goddess Brigit fit into Regina’s story.
Overall this is a beautiful love story that is filled with humor and lots of heart! I think it just need more details and information to make everything come together in the end!