Suzanne Woods Fisher’s “The Keeper” Book Review!


I seem to be a little obsessed with Amish Fiction lately. I can’t help it. When you find a great writer that draws you in with their depiction, there is just nothing better. Suzanne Woods Fisher writes her characters in such a fun way. They aren’t what I would typically think of when imaging an Amish family. The Lapps tend to be a little more modern and Julia Lapp is brazen, headstrong and even a little bit vain. She is a beautiful young girl and she knows and enjoys it! But when her fiance of a couple years now, once again has cold feet before the wedding, she blames the traveling beekeeper for putting the idea in his head to postpone the wedding. Julia’s father is ill and the farm needs work so she plans on making Roman Troyer, aka Rome the Bee Man, work his hiney off as sort of a form of payback. This doesn’t really sound like something a young Amish woman would do BUT it does sound like something a young gal with a broken heart would do. In her mind, Rome stuck his nose where it didn’t belong and he needs to realize it and make amends.

Julia’s love life goes from crazy to crazier. There are several twist in this book that not only bring her back towards Paul, her fiance, but also closer to Rome. I’m not saying who she ends up with because that would spoil the story. But I will say that everyone ends up getting exactly what they deserve!

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?
Suzanne Woods Fisher wrote this novel not only with a sense of Amish culture but also with humor and fun and that make it a superb read. I read it in two days because it is another story that I couldn’t wait to see what happened on the next page. It kept my attention and kept me smiling. I like it so much I think I’ll read it again!
suzanne11.jpgAbout Suzanne:
Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, W.D. Benedict, who was raised Plain. She has many, many Plain relatives living in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and travels back to Pennsylvania, as well as to Ohio, a couple of times each year for research.

Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world. In both her fiction and non-fiction books, she has an underlying theme: You don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate many of their principles–simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily– into your life.

When Suzanne isn’t writing or bragging to her friends about her first new grandbaby (!), she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne’s way of thinking, you just can’t take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone’s underwear in its mouth.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of “The Keeper” for review purposes. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.

5 thoughts on “Suzanne Woods Fisher’s “The Keeper” Book Review!”

  1. Thank you so much for your review, and for being part of this blog tour! I am starting to wish I could climb into The Keeper and live there, although they have just as many trials and tribulations as anyone else, there seems to be so many more avenues for support there. I can’t wait to read the book for myself!

    Gena Robertson

  2. Hi Crystal! I’m so glad that the Lapp family wasn’t what you expected–because that’s what I find so fascinating about the Amish. They’re always surprising me! The character of Rome came through reading about a man in The Budget, who roamed from community to community, in a white wagon. Of course, our Rome is a George Clooney look-a-like!
    Thanks for being a part of the blog tour. Warmly, Suzanne


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