I’m still in love with the Kindle Touch I received for Christmas, and I’ve been loading it with tons of free books from Amazon. On a whim I picked up On Little Wings by Regina Sirois.
On Little Wings is the debut novel of Regina Sirois. It’s self published, and I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical when I loaded it onto my kindle. It had two great reviews on Amazon, though, so I thought I’d give it a chance.
I am SO glad I did! I devoured this book in three days. If I had been a little less busy, I’m sure I would have read it in a day, and it’s not a short novel! It was THAT good!
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 hidden aunt leads her to the untamed coast of Maine where she struggles to understand why her mother lied to her for sixteen years.
Across the grey, rocky cove she meets Nathan Moore, the young, reluctant genius surrounded by women who need him to be brother, father, friend, provider, protector and now, first love. The stories, varied, hilarious, and heartbreaking, unfold to paint a striking mural of the shattered past. As Jennifer seeks to piece together her mother’s story, she inadvertently writes one for herself.
Sirois is a master of the English language. Each character in the book came alive, and I could almost imagine myself on the streets of Smithport, Maine, living the adventure alongside Jennifer.
On Little Wings took me from laughter to tears to deep reflection and back several times. The book description says it’s written for a young adult audience, but I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and sadly, I don’t think I’m considered a young adult anymore.
I’m not sure if the author is a Christian, but as a Christian reader, there was nothing objectionable in this book. In fact there were a few references to God and Bible stories, and they were positive references. It was just a good, clean novel.
The only bad part about On Little Wings? It had to end. Maybe I’d better read some non-fiction, because it’s going to be tough to follow On Little Wings with another novel.