Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Keeper Book Review

I have a new book to tell you about called The Keeper, which is an Amish love story, written by Suzanne Woods Fisher.

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 relunctance to wed: the Bee Man.

Roman Troyer, the Bee Man, travels through the Amish communities of Ohio and Pennsylvannia 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?

Julia Lapp is the oldest (at 21 years old) in the family and head of the household since her mother passed away and her father has a heart problem and needs a transplant. She is also in love with Paul Fisher but he does not know what he wants. Doesn't help that Paul's mother is jealous of Julia because she makes quilts better than she does!
My Thoughts:

She has a sister who does the cooking, a brother named Menno who is special because he is like a small child and loves everything and everybody, especially animals and God. Her other sister, Mary Kate, is the planner and thinker of the family while their Uncle Hank is the prankster who is always up to something and he keeps them laughing their troubles away. To help with the farm since Julia's father cannot go out anymore due to his heart, Uncle Hank sees an ad in the paper and that is how Fern comes to live with them.

Then there is the Bee Man named Roman that comes around every year to help the farmer's pollinate all of the Amish people's crops. Julia is sure that he is the reason that Paul keeps postponing their wedding. The more that Roman comes around the more Julia becomes interested in him and she discovers that his heart is heavy. Fern tells her the story of how they were all going to a wedding and there was an accident and Roman's father, mother, uncle and his brothers & sisters were all killed. He closed up the house and sold everything else except for his mother's Bee Hives and that is when he started travelling. He fears if he settles down and marries, his family will be taken away from him again.

One day Menno and Mary Kate were coming home and decided to take a shortcut home. When they were almost home their dogs started barking and poor Edith Fisher (Paul's mother) thought it was the bears back to get her chickory nuts and she accidently shot Menno in the head and he never regained consciousness. This awful tragedy turns out to be what saves Julia's father because he gets Menno's heart so that he may live.

Roman is able to get his family's farm back because the man who caused the accident that killed his whole family is the one who bought it. He returned all the money back to Roman and gave him the farm also! With that money he offered to pay for Amos's heart transplant and in doing so, Julia opens her eyes to what a wonderful man Roman really is. They fall in love and Roman asks her to marry him and she says yes!

Sometimes, we are so blinded by what we think we want that we can't really see what God has planned for us. Julia learned that snap judgments about Roman could have cost her father's life and the man she loved if she had not opened up her mind and heart to the possibility that Paul Fisher was not the man for her.

Happy Reading!

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The photo's used in this review were provided by me and the famous cranky camera.


Lane Hill House said...

This sounds like a book I would enjoy! Thank you for your review.

Lydia @ See Beautiful said...

Wow! This is a different type of book than I would normally pick up, but your review has the carrot dangling. THanks!

Happy seeing beautiful!

Suzanne said...

Thanks for being a part of the blog tour, Mary! Blessings on your 2012. Suzanne