Abigail Stanton, back home to care for her sister after so many years away, soon finds herself swept away by Sparrow Island's serene beauty… and mystery. It isn't long before Abby spots a marbled murrelet and its mate, birds that are rare and endangered in the Pacific Northwest. A missing journal may be the only way to save them. Can she find the proof she needs? And what is that strange drawing on the fence behind her sister's home? Join Abby as she begins her new calling as an amateur sleuth, with God's hand guiding her way.
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My wife Karen, and in fact our whole family, like mystery stories, but so many modern books of the "mystery"genre contain a lot of bad language and immoral situations. Then I saw an advertisement for Guideposts Books' "Mysteries of Sparrow Island" series. "At age 55, Abigail Stanton is a renowned bird specialist at a prestigious East Coast university. She considers her life complete until her sister's crippling car accident sends her back to a world which she believed that she had left behind years ago. Sparrow Island has come to mean little more to Abby than the place where she visits occasionally to see her family. However, as she immerses herself anew in this wonderful island, Abby confronts the many ways in which her life is lacking. It dawns on her slowly that the Lord has unexpected plans for her. As she listens to her heart, she finds herself right in the center of mysteries that have been hidden until her fateful return to Sparrow Island." So I subscribed to this series of books for Karen because Guideposts books are generally wholesome. Karen has really enjoyed them so far. When I finished this first book of the series, I enjoyed it too. Abby Stanton is a ornithologist (i.e., a bird scientist) at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, who must take a leave of absence so that she can return to her home on Sparrow Island, WA, to care for her sister Mary who has been involved in an accident. Abby and Mary have been somewhat estranged through the years. The book chronicles not only their attempts at reconciliation, but also the mystery surrounding Abby's sightings of a rare, endangered bird, and Abby's own inner struggle as to the course that she wishes to pursue in her life. The story is well written and easily holds one's interest. The Little Flock Church that the Stanton family attends is a typical denominational church, and there are a few references to some practices that those associated with churches of Christ would not approve, but no real "doctrinal issues" are discussed, and it is refreshing to read about people whose lives are truly concerned with seeking to do God's will in their daily activities.