The Hummingbird

The Hummingbird Review

From the author of the acclaimed The Curiosity comes a compelling and moving story of compassion, courage, and redemption

Deborah Birch is a seasoned hospice nurse whose daily work requires courage and compassion. But her skills and experience are tested in new and dramatic ways when her easygoing husband, Michael, returns from his third deployment to Iraq haunted by nightmares, anxiety, and rage. She is determined to help him heal, and to restore the tender, loving marriage they once had.

At the same time, Deborahs primary patient is Barclay Reed, a retired history professor and expert in the Pacific Theater of World War II whose career ended in academic scandal. Alone in the world, the embittered professor is dying. As Barclay begrudgingly comes to trust Deborah, he tells her stories from that long-ago war, which help her find a way to help her husband battle his demons.

Told with piercing empathy and heartbreaking realism, The Hummingbird is a masterful story of loving commitment, service to country, and absolution through wisdom and forgiveness.

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  • Angela M

    Deborah Birch , a hospice nurse wants so much for her dying patients - a pain free death with dignity and peace and emotional healing. The story is quite sobering as it depicts the dying process of on...

  • Carol

    Highly praised and recommended…The Hook Author Stephen P. Kiernan was a speaker at Booktopia 2016 sponsored by Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont. Though Kiernan was promoting this, The Hum...

  • Pamela

    "We live our lives on a whole planet, seeing and learning and going from place to place. But eventually there arrives a time for each of us, when our world becomes smaller: one house, one floor of tha...

  • Liz

    Hope and despair. Love and loss. Anger and acceptance. Aggression and surrender. These are all emotions that we as human beings will feel at some point in our lives and all are touched on in this quie...

  • Barbara

    Without allowing spoiler alerts, I try to give an assessment of what I learned or what I liked about a novel when I write my reviews. Also, I try not to “re-do” the book jacket synopsis. Feelings ...

  • Alison

    I decided to devote most of my Saturday to reading, which is a pleasure I am rarely able to get away with and rarely find a novel I'm happy to spend so much uninterrupted time with. This book contains...

  • Ethan

    A couple of years ago, author and journalist Stephen P. Kiernan made his fiction debut with his novel The Curiosity. That book, about a man reanimated from death, showcased Kiernan's aptitude for a cr...

  • Linda

    Oh, my! Oh, my! Oh, my!I so loved this book. I truly believe only a sensitive soul could have written this book. It touched me deeply - perhaps because I had so many friends die this past year. If I s...

  • Marjorie

    I have to admit that it was the title that first drew me to this book as I love anything at all to do with hummingbirds. Although there was only a slight reference to the meaning of the title in the b...

  • Celia

    This book has been languishing on my TBR since 2015. Thankfully a new book club I just joined had selected it for their December read.I LOVED the book. Excellent Historical Fiction that revealed to me...