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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Trina Bell's Humming Summer by Silke Stein - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Trina Bell misses her father. She’s twelve years old, but never spent much time with him. She constantly tries, but he’s hardly paying her any attention. He’s left her with an aunt and travels the world photographing wildlife. Trina longs to have an adventure herself and the idea of another boring summer in Brighton with her aunt's friends and nobody her own age fills her with dread. She does everything she can to convince her father to take her with him. That’s how she ends up on Vancouver Island. Will Trina finally have the wonderful summer she’s longed to have for years? 

Trina’s father might have agreed to take her with him, but he hasn’t changed and when they arrive in Canada he leaves his daughter alone, so he can go on his next mission. Trina still doesn’t get a chance to spend any time with him, instead she has to find something else to fill her days with. Her new friend Moss, a three-legged dog, introduces her to both people and animals in the area. They need her help and Trina gladly offers it. She's trying to solve their worrisome mystery, why are so many hummingbirds disappearing. Can she crack the case together with Moss? 

Trina Bell’s Humming Summer is a fabulous original story about a beautiful relationship between a girl and several animals. I loved that aspect of the story a lot. Both the animals and the humans in the story have interesting personalities. Silke Stein gives a lot of information about animal behavior and combines this with a gripping story about a positive girl. Trina is gentle, honest and sweet, she can also stand her ground and she’s independent for her age. She has to be, because she’s on her own and needs to take care of herself. Trina cares about animals a lot and will do anything to help the hummingbirds. I liked her mission and was really curious to see what happened to the gorgeous birds. Trina is a skilled detective with a good head on her shoulders and that gives the story a great thrilling vibe. 

Silke Stein writes about animals in a heartwarming way. I loved how she makes Vancouver Island and all the species that live there come to life. I was intrigued by the hummingbird population and admired the easy friendship Trina has with Moss. He's a brave talking dog, which is a fun element of the story. With Moss by her side Trina slowly starts to feel at home. They have quite a few adventures, so Trina's biggest wish is being fulfilled, even if it isn't by her constantly absent father. I couldn't wait to find out if her other dreams would come true as well. Trina Bell’s Humming Summer is a terrific entertaining story with plenty of amazing characters and a lot of beautiful energy.


Trina Bell's Humming Summer would be most suitable for skilled readers between 10 and 14 years old, but definitely could be enjoyed by anyone who loves a beautiful story about the friendship between humans and animals and standing up for what's right.

About Silke Stein

I'm a graphic designer and writer, currently living in Victoria, British Columbia, the wondrous place that has inspired my first novel, the middle-grade read Trina Bell's Humming Summer. Like my protagonist Trina, I enjoy roaming the city's parks and listening to the squeal of tiny sparkling birds. Yes, I speak to them and they answer ― but unfortunately, unlike Trina, I don't have a three-legged dog who translates for me.

Having lived landlocked in Germany for most of my life, I fell in love with the Pacific Ocean when I came to Canada. Combing beaches has become my favourite pastime, particularly looking for mermaids' tears. I cannot resist picking up those shiny, colourful pieces of sea glass and adding them to my ever-growing collection.

Early in 2014, I became a member of 'SeaglassLovers', a Facebook group comprised of people from all over the world who show each other their fabulous finds and daydream of being mermaids. There I learned about the places every sea glass aficionado has on her bucket list: Seaham in England, Davenport in the USA and, of course, Fort Bragg in Northern California ― home of the legendary 'Glass Beach', which is the enchanting setting of my upcoming women's fiction novel Foam On The Crest Of Waves.

And when I'm not at the beach, or writing, or helping my husband to playtest his latest board game invention, I design book covers for fellow authors.



One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a signed paperback copy of Trina Bell's Humming Summer by Silke Stein. Ten runner ups will receive a digital copy.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. I love the cover, Wow! It sounds like a really good read too.Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Trina Bell's Humming Summer sounds like a delightful coming-of-age story with beautiful imagery and creative fantasy.

  3. The cover is gorgeous, bet this is a great read!

  4. The cover is really lovely. Sounds like the kind of book you read on a rainy day, curled up on the sofa with a cup of tea.

  5. This would be a marvellous book for my granddaughter who's an avid reader at age 10, of course I'd have to read it first as it's the avid reader that she inherits from me. :-)

  6. Sounds like a wonderful read, many thanks for the review & giveaway!

  7. My daughter and I will both enjoy this. A lovely cover.

  8. My daughter would love it! Nice cover!

  9. I've never heard of sea glass being called mermaids' tears before. I love it!

  10. I love this cover! I'm so excited to read it.

  11. Sounds awesome, gorgeous colourful cover.

  12. ive read sleep merel sleep by Silke and it was lovely so would love to read this

  13. Like this cover.Would like to read this book!xxx

  14. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  15. I must look into 'Seaglass Lovers'. I've always loved collecting pieces when I'm at the beach.