The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Series: Stoney Ridge Seasons(Book 1)
Goodreads Summery: 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?
Julia is 21 and the oldest of the Lapp children. There is also Menno, Sadie and Mary Katie(M.K). There father is Amos and there Uncle Hank lives close by as well. Amos is in heart failure and so it has fallen on the Lapp kids to keep things going. The book opens with Julia’s fiancé(Paul) calling off the wedding for the 2nd time. She is devastated and does not know what to do. Just as Julia is dealing with this her Uncle Hank has found someone to come and help take care of the house her name is Fern. She soon has the house in order but in the process drives everyone crazy with all her rules and changes.
Soon we meet the Bee Man(Rome). He is a drifter who owns a hive of bee’s and brings them to the Amish farms in the spring to help pollination alone. He is also the one Julia blames for Paul getting cold feet again. Rome tends to be a ladies man of sorts but not to Julia she is not happy with him at all. Will Julia get Paul to finally marry her? Will Rome find a place to settle down? Or will they all drive each other crazy? Read this book to find out!
As is Suzanne Woods Fishers style there is a lot of characters in this book and a very well defined plot. The first thing I will say about this book is that it was hysterical! I laughed SO much while reading this book. This family is just awesome. In her past series I sometimes had trouble keeping track of the different people but in this book it was much easier and I never felt confused or lost like I have in the past. She does a great job of telling both the Lapps story as well as Rome’s and Ferns. I loved how all the characters changed and grew together as the book went on. I felt like I was part of the family as I was reading.
The other thing about Suzanne is she is not afraid to use tragedy to tell her stories. In The Choice I almost stopped reading at one point because I was so unprepared for what happened. Even though this book has a serious tragedy I handled it better. Maybe I know to expect it after reading her three other books. I am also excited because it looks like she is staying within the family for the next two books of the series which I think will help them flow together better. In the Lancaster County Secrets Series the three books where not related at all so it almost did not feel like they where connected other then being in the same town even the time periods where different.
Over all I loved this book. I have to say I have read close to 80 books this year so far and this is my top favorite so far! That is not something I say lightly. I absolutely can not wait to read the rest of this series when it comes out next year. Preorder your copy today!!!!
Release date is January 1st 2012
This book also gets my Abbie’s Burning the Midnight Oil Award! I read this book in 24hrs. Its 316 pages..
DISCLOSURE: I was lucky enough to win this prerelease paperback copy from the authors website. The opinions I have expressed are my own.