Can a hummingbird dream? Artist Miranda Jones thinks so. Sensing the tiny injured bird that wings its way into her world still lives, she paints the creature's dream garden and seems to reach into his very heart. She reached into her own heart to create a new life for herself in Milford-Haven, the small town of undiscovered beauty on California's Central Coast, where one of her dear friends is environmentalist Samantha Hugo-a brilliant PhD 20 years her senior who gave up a son years earlier. Though the audiobook stands alone, it also introduces book one of the Milford-Haven Novels, the critically acclaimed popular series, a multi-generational saga, based on Purl's BBC Radio drama, Milford-Haven U.S.A.
If you could sum up When Hummers Dream in three words, what would they be?
Wonderful, insightful narrative.
What other book might you compare When Hummers Dream to and why?
I have read Mara's other short stories that accompany all her book series. These are clever adjunct stories which add richness and additional charactor details to her main story series. Love it!
What about Mara Purl’s performance did you like?
Mara is the exception, as many authors who read their books are good writers, but not good narrators, Mara's training and expertice in acting and theater really adds to the vocal depth of her narration and clearly shows the broad range of her talent and skill with a magnificent voice with just the right inflection for her clever charactors.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The section that described how the person's experience merged with the nature experience. How the hummers world collides with the human one, is like a pause of enlightenment for both. The resolution creates the 'art' in the encounter.
Any additional comments?
Mara Purl's books may appear at first glance, as simple, delightful stories at the first read. But the underlying depth and insightful design of her charactors resonates with the reader over time, and they find themselves looking for these revealed charactoristics during their normal routine. Very enlighten writing.