Diana’s September Review ~ The Landlord of Hummingbird House by Jane Harvey

Yes I know it’s October! I did promise to have caught up by now but hey, here’s a question instead.

What is ‘TIME’ really? I digress …

Why did I choose this book?

I heard about Jane Harvey’s book on Twitter, so it does work! The title intrigued me and having read some heavy books of late, or focused on beta reading, which is a totally different experience, I was enthusiastic to have a lighter read. (as was mentioned in some of the reviews). Now, for ‘lighter’ please see it as a bonus rather than anything negative. The novel looked as if it was about ordinary people thrown together by the chance of living in the same house of flats. Anything could happen … and it did!

Did you feel empathy with any particular character?

I felt so much empathy for April who had moved into the flat on her own, to lick her wounds after a broken relationship; but there was also the mysterious Dai, who she mistakenly thinks is her landlord. He was intriguing and as you read you really want to know more about him, but he continues to be an enigma until the end. Then there’s Betty who befriends everyone. As an elderly lady she could have been a busy body but she wasn’t. Paul gives us a bit of a possible love interest too. Quite a mix!

Is there a lasting thought or memory of the book which remains with you?

Yes, it is the final chapters but I’m not going to tell you what happened, am I?

There was also the ‘have you got any sugar’ type moments as April moved in. Not really that but you’ve got the idea.

My lasting thought though, when looking back, is whether the author will do a Maeve Binchy on us and continue a series, but focus on another of the character’s point of view, or something new. I’ll keep an eye open and let you know.

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