The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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?

Joy’s Thoughts

Paul Fisher and Julie Lapp have always been an item, and of course everyone has always expected them to get married. Problem is, Paul keeps putting off the wedding, and with no really good reason, breaking Julia’s heart over and over again. Julie has enough stress on her because her dad is not doing well because of a heart problem. His Doctors are telling him the only thing that will help him is a heart transplant, which Amos refuses to talk about.

Then comes the Roman Troyer, or The Bee Man as he is known for. He highly respects Amos Lapp because Amos has helped him out in life more than once. This time around when he shows up at the Lapp farm, he ends up staying for a while to help the family out.

Julie thinks The Bee Man has eyes for her because he doesn’t like Paul, but really Roman hadn’t paid that much attention to Julia, that is until he started spending more and more time with her. Paul really doesn’t like the disrespect Paul gives Julia, and tried to tell Julia so, but she won’t listen. To make things a little more interesting, Julia sister asks for Roman’s help to make Paul jealous so he will realize what his is losing in Julia. This turns into an interesting time for the Lapp sisters as well as Paul and The Bee Man. And I’ll stop here because you just need to read the book to find out all of the details.

What a book! I really enjoy Suzanne Woods Fishers books and this one did not disappoint. With believable and interesting characters that you will grow to like, the author writes a story full of love, determination, confussion, trauma, romance, plain living and emotions, and readers wanting to figure out just who will end up with Julia Lapp. You will laugh and cry with this cast of characters as you enjoy this wonderful Amish fiction with a few twists and turns that will throw you off your feet.

I highly recommend this wonderful book for you to read and enjoy. I can’t wait for Book 2!

“Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

I received this book from the publisher Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55

It’s a “Honey of a Giveaway” from Suzanne Woods Fisher!

Suzanne is hosting a “honey of a giveaway”during the blog tour for The Keeper! During 1/3-1/17 you can enter to win an iPad2 from Suzanne and connect with her on January 17th at The Keeper Facebook Party!

During the giveaway one Grand Prize winner will receive a Prize Pack valued at $600:

  • A brand new 16 KB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi
  • A $25 gift certificate to iTunes
  • A copy of The Keeper

But wait there’s more! Just click one of the icons below to enter, then on 1/17 join Suzanne for The Keeper Facebook Party! During the party Suzanne will announce the winner of the “Honey” of an iPad Giveaway and host a fun book chat and give away some fun “honey” inspired prizes – It’ll be ‘sweet”!

RSVP early and tell your friends!

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Don’t miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 17th!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Suzanne Woods Fisher
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 19:45:43

    Hi Joy!
    Just popping by to thank you for being a part of the blog tour for “The Keeper.” So glad you enjoyed the story! I just turned in the manuscript for M.K.’s story (“The Lesson”) and I’m already missing that quirky family. Blessings to you in 2012. Warmly, Suzanne



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