Monday, January 16, 2012

The Keeper: A Book Review

About The Book:

A family. A farm. A heart. All in need of repair.

Life on Windmill Farm hasn't been the same since Julia Lapp's father has had trouble with his heart. But that doesn't stop Julia from hoping for a bright future. She has planned on marrying Paul Fisher since she was a girl. Now twenty-one, she looks forward to their wedding with giddy anticipation. But when Paul tells her he wants to postpone the wedding--again--she is determined to change his mind. She knows who is to blame for Paul's sudden reluctance to wed: the Bee Man.

Roman Troyer, the Bee Man, travels through the Amish communities of Ohio and Pennsylvania with his hives full of bees, renting them out to farmers in need of pollinators. A mysterious man who relishes his nomadic life, Roman especially enjoys bringing his bees to Stoney Ridge each year. But with Julia seriously at odds with him, Windmill Farm is looking decidedly less appealing.

Can Julia secure the future she's always dreamed of? Or does God have something else in mind?

About The Author:

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, The Search, and The Keeper, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Christy Award nominee and is the host of an internet radio show called Amish Wisdom and her work has appeared in many magazines. She lives in California.

My Review:

The Keeper is book one in the Stoney Ridge Seasons seasons and I absolutely loved it! Amish fiction has very quickly become one of my favorite book genres of the last couple years and Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of my favorite authors of this genre.

The Keeper will draw you in from page one as you get introduced to Julia, Paul, Roman and the rest of the characters in this very well written book. All the characters are likable and I related to many of their life experiences, even without being Amish. You will laugh, cry and even get mad as you read the book, but trust me you will enjoy this read. With romance, conflict, and even a little mystery, this book could appeal to all book lovers, but especially fans of Amish fiction.

 Book 2, "The Haven" does not release until August, but if it is going to be anything like The Keeper, it will be worth it! And book three, The Lesson will release in January 2013. Plus, Fisher has a couple other books releasing over the next year, including one for children. Perfect for her fans to be sure.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Keeper at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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