My uncle was a passionate bird watcher all his life. He traveled the world to observe different birds and at one time had been only one of five in the world to have seen a particular species. In his later years he even volunteered for the Audubon Society giving classes for children. Don’t get me wrong. I love nature and birds, but I would never quite grasp his obsession and excitement for the hobby. until reading this book.
Penny Weaver and her brother Micah have moved to a new Amish community to live in her deceased grandmother’s home. Their transition was forced by the fact their former bishop was opposed to Micah’s budding career as bird guide. At only 18 he was fast becoming well known for incredible skills to find scarce birds.
Ben Zook was a world famous writer and bird photographer that was raised in this Amish community. He hires Micah after a very rare species is spotted in the area. He and his cousin Natalie (who has zero interest in his interest) stay at the Weaver’s guest house. He is forced to face painful secrets buried deep in this heart all these years.
Penny is overwhelmed to see Ben after 20 years. After meeting him as a young girl she still cherishes the short time they knew each other and continues to have a crush on him. Has God brought him back to her after all these years? Be ready for lots of surprises!
Each character goes on their own special journey and healing in areas they would have never imagined. I enjoyed the descriptions of Penny’s home life. It was easy to imagine sitting in her cozy home drinking tea and eating some of her delicious cooking. I could feel the relaxation and contentment.
At the end of every chapter is an excerpt from Micah’s bird-watching log about a different species. In the beginning I ashamedly thought “boring”, but I was hooked after the first one. They are fascinating! I learned so much about birds I was familiar with and new ones too. His accounts of their personalities and often humorous antidotes were wonderful! Now I see why my uncle was so avid in his pursuits. A wonderful book!