The Hummingbird's Cage
by Tamara Deitrich
Synopsis: Everyone in Wheeler, New Mexico, thinks Joanna leads the perfect life: the quiet, contented housewife of a dashing deputy sheriff raising a beautiful young daughter, Laurel. But Joanna's reality is nothing like her facade. Behind closed doors, she lives in constant fear of her husband. She's been trapped for so long, escape seems impossible-until a stranger offers her the help she needs to flee...
On the run, Joanna and Laurel stumble upon the small town of Morro, a charming and magical village that seems to exist out of time and place. There, a farmer and his wife offered them sanctuary, and soon, between the comfort of Joanna's new home and blossoming friendships, her soul begins to heal, easing the wounds of a decade of abuse.
But her past-like her husband-isn't so easy to escape. Unwilling to live in fear any longer, Joanna must summon a strength she never knew she had to fight back and forge a new life for her daughter and herself...
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Review: This book starts with Joanna's immense feelings of despair and hopelessness. But then when Joanna find Morro, there is such a sense of peace, stillness, healing and by the end of stay in Morro there is determination and hope. At first I wasn't so sure about the magic of Morro and didn't know what to think about this place and what it truly was. But by the end I understood it a little better (still have some unanswered questions about it though) and was captivated by its charm and tranquility. This book is beautifully written and draws the reader in. At times it is a little choppy because the chapters are so short and I felt that part of the time in Morro dragged.
Rating: 4 stars