12 January 2012

The Keeper, Book review

Book description:

Julia Lapp has planned on marrying Paul Fisher since she was a girl. Now twenty-one, she looks forward to their wedding with giddy anticipation. When Paul tells her he wants to postpone the wedding--again--she knows who is to blame. Perpetual bachelor and spreader of cold feet, Roman Troyer, the Bee Man.

Roamin' Roman travels through the Amish communities of Ohio and Pennsylvania with his hives full of bees, renting them out to farmers in need of pollinators. He relishes his nomadic life, which keeps him from thinking about all he has lost. He especially enjoys bringing his bees to Stoney Ridge each year. But with Julia on a mission to punish him for inspiring Paul's cold feet, the Lapp farm is looking decidedly less pleasant.
Can Julia secure the future she's always dreamed of? Or does God have something else in mind?

Full of the plot twists and surprises her fans love,
The Keeper is the first in a new series by bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher. Through touching family relationships and trials of the heart, Fisher's vivid characters grapple with yielding to God's will when it doesn't match their own.

My review:

Two things called my attention to Suzanne Woods Fisher latest novel. The first was 'A family, a farm, a heart...All in need of repairs' and the second, 'The Keeper' is a keeper!
I wholeheartily agree and yes, (once again) I found a little spot on my shelves...No surprise there, Susanne's books are worth tucking in here and there (maybe build a new shelf?).

There is something special in this author's books and I always enjoy a little guessing work at the beginning of each of her novels just to see later on if I have guessed correctly.  I like to just snuggle up in a chair, a cuppa nearby and discover a whole new story about the Amish. You might say reading her latest novel is a little like meeting an old friend or a good neighbour at the kitchen table!

'The Keeper' is a journey of discovery of young love amidst a world that somehow always fascinates of course, one we never seem to grow tired of. It is also about choices! Each character is certain to pull at the strings of your heart as we have learned to expect from Suzanne's books!
In this first book of 'The Stoney Ridge Seasons' it is a toss to whom of these characters's antics you will laugh the hardest and love the most! My favourite is M.K.! 

Like a beautiful quilt, stich by stich, 'The Keeper' reveals a heartwarming story rich in lively colours, humour and a good dose of wisdom. Suzanne's exquisite rendering of  finding the courage to say hello and goodbye when the time comes ultimately makes this yet again, a beautiful story of love, hope and faith in the Lord's guiding hands. It will make you cry and laugh and will create a few sighs in between...

This is one story you will have a hard time to put down and worth 5 stars!

Suzanne Woods Fisher needs no introduction but if you are not yet acquainted be sure to check out her blog (here)!

Be sure to check out Suzanne's "Honey of a deal' Giveaway on the 17th of January 2012 on Facebook! See details (here).

Notes to Readers

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

I received this book free from BAKER/REVELL as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

And for a twist...Is anyone familiar with this recipe? It is called the Beehive Bread! ( recipe here)


  1. I can't read the book because the worry that Roman will wrest Julia's affections from Paul is killing me, but I'm ever so impressed by that bread! I wonder whether, if Julia were to learn to bake it, Paul would have a bit more alacrity with the "I do"?

  2. Hi Noelle! Wow...I loved your review of "The Keeper!" It's going to be one of my favorites! (In fact, if you have a minute to spare, I would love it if you would post it as a customer review on Amazon.) So glad you enjoyed M.K.--I just turned in her story (Sadie's is next in "The Haven" and M.K.'s is called "The Lesson"). I am already missing that girl! There's just something about her...:)
    Grateful to you, Noelle, for putting so much tought into the review. Thank you! Blessings to you in 2012.


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