Sunday, 15 January 2012

Book Review: The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher

About the Book:  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?

My Thoughts: With a few different storylines mixed into the plot, this book was enjoyable from start to finish.

I especially liked the main character, Julia Lapp, who had much more spit-fire than you would expect from a stereotypical Amish woman.  In fact, the whole Lapp family was rather quirky and the story was witty and humourous, yet also filled with heartaches and pains along the way.

Another thing I loved is how she explored the background to the characters - digging deeper to find out what has happened to shape the characters into the people they have become.  Something that's important to keep in mind when we come across people in real life!

Looking forward to the next book in the series.

Thank you to Stephanie and Amy from Litfuse Publicity for organizing this tour and providing me with my complimentary review copy.


Unknown said...

Thank you so much for your review and for being part of this blog tour! I'm so eager to read The Keeper - I've never read a book about the Amish and I'm very curious about their lifestyle!

Gena Robertson

Suzanne said...

Hi Tammy! Thanks so much for sharing my book with your readers--I loved your comment about going into each character's back story. Thank you for noticing! Blessings to you in 2012. Warmly, Suzanne


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