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Searching for Sandra

Searching for Sandra follows the lives of the characters in books one and two of the Hummingbird House series – showing what happens next and the unexpected impact of friendships and neighbourly love.

Make yourself at home in Hummingbird House with this heartwarming new novella.

In 1968, the summer of love seems long gone. Hummingbird House has a new batch of residents, and Betty is settled in a comfortable – though unexpected – form of domestic bliss. Life may not have worked out as planned, but she is determined to make the best of it.

Yet as the months go on, she realizes she still has much to learn. With one tenant missing and another threatening to sweep her off her feet, she begins to worry that her happy home could fall around her once more.

In 2022, Betty has established a comfortable routine. She weeds the front yard. Listens to the radio. Makes cake. At the age of 83, she knows what – and who – she likes, plus just how much she can manage before her arthritis begins to complain.

She lives by simple rules gleaned from hard-learnt lessons:

  • Keep an open mind and a well-stocked pantry
  • Sometimes meddling is not such a bad thing

But when an old friend finally makes an overdue appearance, those guidelines start to take on a new meaning.

Just how much should we do for absent friends? And when is it right to take a chance on love?

Searching For Sandra

Purchase Links

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My Review of Searching For Sandra

I would be reluctant to recommend this as a standalone mostly I wouldn’t want you to miss the previous two beautiful books in this series.

This is a dual timeline novella that moves between 1968 and present time.

In both times periods, we have Betty worried about Sandra, her previous tenant, who goes missing.

This is a beautiful sequel to a story of tenants and neighbours who become family, willing to reach out and be there for one another without judgement. It shows how the passage of time has changed Betty, but her core kindness hiding behind a brusque manner remains!

We also see how time has changed the world, for the better. There’s is much more freedom for people to declare their sexual orientation, openness to mental health issues and an acceptance of single mothers.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this lovely series.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Author Bio

Buttercups In The Basement

Jane Harvey is a pen name. ‘Jane’ crafts fun fiction for the thinking woman, where she enjoys exploring unexpected friendships and writing happy endings. This is lucky, because in real life her (prize-winning) fiction is a little bleaker. She was born and raised on the beautiful island of Jersey, CI, and lives with two males and a dog.

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I received a copy of this from Rachel’s Random Resources for a review and participation in the blog tour. Read what others on this tour are writing about Searching for Sandra.

Searching For Sandra

A lover of words. A self-acceptance blogger. A creativity coach. A book reviewer. A woman happily journeying through midlife, moving from self-improvement to self-acceptance and enjoying being herself. I write about life, wellness, relationships at Everyday Gyaan. An avid reader, I review books at and offer coaching to writers and bloggers and anyone looking to explore their creativity at The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India.

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