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The Christmas Hummingbird

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This is book7 in the Miramar Bay series and is shorter in length then most of the books in this series.  Ryan is a local policewoman and is being run ragged during the Christmas season.  She wants to spend more time with her special son but a wildfire is taking up the entire force’s time.  Ryan is trying to reach one last cabin in the canyon  during a destructive wildfire and gets to Ethan with seconds to spare.  Since she saved him from certain death he is trying to put his life back together.  He and Ryan’s son bond and it’s soon apparent that a Christmas miracle is in the making.  A stand alone read.
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The Christmas Hummingbird by Davis Bunn is a sweet Christmas story. This love story starts unconventionally when a first responder rescues a man from his home in the midst of a horrible wildfire. Readers of heartwarming small town stories will enjoy this book. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with new obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.
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The Christmas Hummingbird by Davis Bunn is a wonderful tale of people finding their way forward despite the fires, the smoke, and the uncertainty in life. The setting of the book is Miramar, a town on the coast of California that offers hope and help to many.  The novel introduces us to three people.  Ryan, the hard nosed police woman and her nearly silent son, Liam and Ethan Lange, the quiet banker.   

Ryan saved Ethan Just before his house went up in flames.  Ethan has to start over again in his new world and he meets Ryan again.  IT is through Ryan and Ethan making a connection that Ethan meets Liam, her son.  Liam is a gifted artist and very very shy, but Ethan seems to bring out the best in him.  Together they save a hummingbird from certain death and this leads them to saving more.  

Meanwhile Ryan and Ethan are working on finding the people who are stealing from houses just before they go up in flames.  This has lead to a very interesting mystery on top of the growing relationship between Ryan and Ethan.  

I find reading Davis Bunn’s books, I am transported to a world of a caring, small town. The characters he writes are all interesting and yet very real with troubles and foibles.  I love the gentle nature of the stories and always look forward to reading the next one. The books have a quiet unfolding of the characters allowing the reader to enjoy the story.   While this book (and several others) are all part of the Miramar series, they also can be read as a stand alone novel.  

The Christmas Hummingbird was a good read!
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I wanted to love this one. But I was not the reader for this one. While the characters were well developed and the story was well written. I just wasn't drawn to them or the story. But fans of Richard Paul Evans will enjoy this story even if I didn't.
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The Christmas Hummingbird is an interesting and enjoyable story. It is set in Miramar Bay right around Christmas time, but I wouldn't necessarily call it a Christmas story. Ryan Eames is the chief of police in the small coastal tone and a single mother to her lonely, uniquely gifted eleven year old son. She is stretched thin by double shifts and grappling with an out-of-season coastal wildfire, along with a series of thefts in the vacation homes in the fire area. When it appears the fire was intentionally set to be able to carry out the heists, Ryan is convinced to deputize Ethan Lange. Ethan was burnt out in the fires and he is now starting over. He is an artist, works at a bank and is quite good at following clues and coming up with plans. Ryan feels some kind of connection to Ethan, who she invites to dinner and miraculously, watched Liam and Ethan connect in a way that she has not seen before. When Ethan finds a hummingbird who is sick and possibly dying from smoke inhalation, he rescues it and teaches Liam, Ryan and others how to care for it. This leads to Liam coming up with a plan to save the hummingbirds and it pulls the whole town together. With other animals to be saved, more robberies occurring, the fire spreading and Ryan, Liam and Ethan developing relationships, this is a beautiful story.

I really enjoyed this story set at Christmas, that uses the magic of Christmas to solve a mystery, catch some bad guys, save some animals and bring a bullied little boy into his own and become part of the community. I really liked all the characters in this story, especially Liam and Ethan. Their relationship was wonderful and I loved watching Liam blossom. Ryan is a wonderful mother and police officer, but I'm not sure how the decision to hire Ethan actually came about. "The Christmas Hummingbird" is a story about healing and second chances, as well as how anyone can step up to help save the environment or those that live in our world. It looks like this might become a series and I will definitely read or listen to the next one in the series, if that happens.
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When I was searching for new authors to explore, Davis Bunn was compared to Nicholas Sparks and Karen Kingsbury-two of my favorite authors!  After reading The Christmas Hummingbird, I completely agree with the comparison!  This was my first Bunn book and it was amazing!  I can relate to Ryan as a single mom and Ethan losing everything in so many ways.  This is a tender story and definitely worth the read.  I hope to be returning to Miramar Bay soon for more!  I will be recommending this book to my reader friends.
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It has been awhile since I have read a book by Davis Bunn and I had forgotten just how much I enjoy his writing style. As with many of Bunn's novels, The Christmas Hummingbird is very character driven.

The story revolves around three interesting people that each have their past hurts. They are drawn together through a tragedy that encompasses the entire community. As the story unfolds you get a glimpse into events of the past that have left each of the three leery of trusting others.

I absolutely adored this book. It is considered a romance but it is so much more. It's also about a community that comes together to defeat a common enemy while they care for each other. It is a novella so it's a quick read but it's captivating in the short span of time that the pages encompass.

One other fun little thing that I didn't realize until I had finished the book was that it is considered to be part of the Miramar Bay series. I've not read any other books in that series but I can guarantee that I will be going back and catching up on all the events of this interesting community.

Whether you read the whole series or just this lovely Christmas novella, I am positive that you will fall in love with each of the characters the same way that I have.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
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I have always enjoyed Davis Bunn's writing, but this book really touched my heart in so many ways. Although it is not truly a Christmas book, the love and caring and commitment of people were a touching theme as Christmas approached.

Ryan Eames is a divorced single mother who is also a police officer. Her 11 year old son, Liam, is a talented artist but also an extreme introvert who talks little. When windstorms bring fire to the small town of Miramar Bay, many lose everything including Ethan Lange. Due to the small police department, Ethan Lange is deputized to assist during the continued fires. Both he and Ryan believe that something more than just the fire is going on, but how will they prove it? Liam, Ryan's son, connects with Ethan as they both love art and sketching. Will Ethan be the person that finally breaks through Liam's reticence? But the star of the story was, of course, the hummingbird they named Trevor that Ethan and Liam rescued that became the heart of the story as he and Lima rescued more animals from the fire.

Beautifully written book that I highly recommend as a Christmas read.
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This is a fairly short (around 280 pages give or take) Christmas tale. It’s unique in a lot of ways but at the core is something more relatable and touching.
Ryan Eames is a single mother and a policewoman. Heryoung son is very lonely and very gifted. Ryan is dealing with an extremely full workload, having to work double shifts, due to a bunch of out of season wildfires. She is really having a hard time mustering up some good old Christmas cheer. Then one day a stranger comes into her life and everything begins to change.
Ethan Lang is only alive because Ryan saved him from a fire when his home in the canyon was ablaze. Now, with Christmas only a few days away Ethan finds that he has lost everything in the fire. He is not only dealing with the fire but also a very painful past. This isn’t the first time in his life he’s had to start all over. The only difference now,to him, is that he has Miramar Bay.
When Ryan and Ethan find themselves united by a very serious cause, an animal rescue for those unfortunate animals that the fires impact, they find themselves being drawn together in another way starting with Ryan’s son. Now, Christmas in Miramar Bay is looking to become one that will change everything for a lot of people.
I know I ended that strangely but I don’t want to tell you the whole story. It’s a touching story that is a bit different. It won’t take you long to get through so it’s definitely worth checking out so you can see what you think of it for yourself.
If you like audiobooks, this one is quite good. Once you get used to the narrator's voice the story just sort of flows quickly and easily. It’s good.
Thank you to NetGalley and those responsible for the book for the review copy!
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Wow, I was expecting something different, more Christmassy, but what I got was a touching & powerful story of likeable characters who despite their differences work together and create a story of suspense, action and love
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Ryan, a policewoman and single mother crosses paths with Ethan during wildfire season.  Ryan enlists Ethans help with a police matter and end up spending some time together along with her son.  The three of them slowly become close and together with the townspeople celebrate the Christmas season and learn to love again.
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I'm going to preface my review by saying that I loved the characters in this story and the hummingbird passages that were really well done. However, this might have been one of the most scattered books I've ever read. It was incredibly hard for me to get into and it kept flitting around - like a literal hummingbird. Plus, the crazy idea that random folks just get deputized by the sheriff's office to help was a big stretch. There was so much good here that I did actually finish the story. But I can't recommend it because it made my brain hurt to remember all the details and keep everything straight. I can't recommend something that is so hard to read. Honestly, I think it needs to go back to the editing board and made more cohesive so that it flows better. Its a good story but it doesn't read smoothly at all. 

I received this temporary complimentary E-book from the publisher via NetGalley. I am not required by anyone to write a positive review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.
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This is an adorable Christmas story that features a hummingbird, which is something I did not expect. This book is lovely and has lots of romance and holiday spirit, it would be the perfect read for the holiday season or a great gift for someone who loves Christmas or loves the holidays or loves to read. The characters feel so real, that was my favorite part when reading it because it felt like I was with actual people versus just reading a story.
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I loved this book. Romance, mystery, and magic. Two lonely souls find each other and a special little boy gets a family. Looking forward to more by this author.
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I thought this book was absolutely awful.  There was too much going on to allow the reader to really focus on anything and the instant deputization of one of the main characters was the last straw for me.
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I loved this book - I was hooked immediately! Davis Bunn created the perfect mix of romance, magic and mystery. The characters were wonderfully quirky and interesting. The relationships were realistically portrayed with relatable doubts and fears. This was a comfy, heartfelt Christmas read. Thanks #NetGalley #Kensington #DavisBunn
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This is a new author for me and I enjoyed the story of Ethan and Ryan. They are two lost souls who meet when Ryan, a policewoman notifies Ethan of an impending fire, saving his life. 

Flash ahead 6 months and they meet again, igniting a unique friendship. Ryan's son is an old soul, quiet and artistic, who meets a kindred spirit in Ethan. They're two peas in a pod and when they team up to save hummingbirds from the scorching wildfires, the whole town unites.

A unique and uplifting story

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC received from Netgalley and the publisher. The thoughts and opinions are my own.
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This book wasn’t what I was expecting but I really enjoyed it. I loved the theming and the Christmas vibes. Thank you.
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Loved this book!

One could say that Ryan and Ethan's relationship was forged in fire, because had it not been for a fire that destroyed Ethan's house, they might never have met.  Liam, Ryan's son, may never have learned about hummingbird and elvens.  

Ryan rescued Ethan from home during a fire, and then the two of them continue to bond over saving others' belongings from being looted after fires.  They make a great pair, both professionally and personally, and the bond that forms between Ethan and Liam is beautiful.

I can't think of a single thing I didn't like about this book.

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book, but my opinions are my own.
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