LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Keeper By Suzanne Woods Fisher + GIVEAWAY!!!

6 January, 2012 Book Reviews 15

The Keeper
Suzanne Woods Fisher
Stoney Ridge Seasons, #1
Revell Books
January 3,2012
528 pages
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5/5 Books

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?

Author Suzanne Woods Fisher

About The Author:
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.

Connect With The Author:
Website | Facebook | Twitter

My Review:
Suzanne Woods Fisher has always been my favorite Amish author. She totally hooked me with her Lancaster County series and I was hooked on her non-fiction books too. They’re all filled with wonderful writing talent and amazing wisdom, both fiction and non-fiction. When I had the opportunity to read her newest book, the first in a new series, The Keeper, I was super excited. I was totally pleased with the results of this book! Ms. Fisher has hit it out of the ball park once again with this novel!

Julia Lapp is a wonderful, yet a bit complex, character. She’s engaged to Paul Fisher, helping to raise her younger siblings, and take care of her ailing father. Her mother passed on years ago, so the responsibility falls namely on her shoulders. But, it seems that something keeps triggering a reaction in Paul, for twice now, he’s cancelled their wedding. He never gives a proper excuse and it’s really starting to bother Julia. When her baby sister Mary Kate “M.K.” Lapp breaks a certain news to Julia…..well, she’s starting to realize the reasoning behind Paul’s indecisiveness.

Roman Troyer is a beekeeper. He travels from Amish farm to Amish Farm, helping the farmers with their farms by allowing his bees to help with the process, and making honey and candles. Circumstances from his past keep shelled inside himself. But, when he reaches Windmill Farm there’s always just something that calls him to the home and to the family. When Amos Lapp has fallen ill this time that he comes around, he decides to lend a hand. But, he wishes that Julia Lapp wasn’t so dead set on being cool towards him, though he knows he’s to blame for her worrying and anger.

I loved Roamin’ Roman and sweet Jules. Their story really pulled me into the heart of the novel and had me walking along side both of them. With some secrets from the past, and God’s guidance, these two characters are more than just characters….they become real. I loved M.K. and Fern too. M.K. is head strong and Stern Fern…well, she’s just hurting inside and needs some love. Sweet Menno….a child in a man’s body, bless his heart, he added a truly innocent charm to the story. And, poor Sadie! Bless her heart, she really added to the depth of the story.

With romance, humor, Amish charm and wisdom, Ms. Fisher has created the start of a wonderful story. This start to a fantastic new series is a 5 Book worthy novel and will be sitting pretty on my Amish fiction bookshelf for years to come. I can’t wait to read Sadie Lapp’s story in book 2, The Haven, set to release in August of 2012.

 

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It’s a “Honey of a Giveaway” from Suzanne Woods Fisher!

Suzanne is hosting a “honey of a giveaway”during the blog tour for The Keeper! During 1/3-1/17 you can enter to win an iPad2 from Suzanne and connect with her on January 17th at The Keeper Facebook Party!

During the giveaway one Grand Prize winner will receive a Prize Pack valued at $600:

  • A brand new 16 KB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi
  • A $25 gift certificate to iTunes
  • A copy of The Keeper

But wait there’s more! Just click one of the icons below to enter, then on 1/17 join Suzanne for The Keeper Facebook Party! During the party Suzanne will announce the winner of the “Honey” of an iPad Giveaway and host a fun book chat and give away some fun “honey” inspired prizes – It’ll be ‘sweet”!

RSVP early and tell your friends!

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Molly

15 Responses to “LitFuse Blog Tour Review: The Keeper By Suzanne Woods Fisher + GIVEAWAY!!!”

  1. Suzanne Woods Fisher

    Hi Molly! First, I am cracking up about the back-to-back reviews you did…a G-rated Amish fiction next to a make-you-blush romance! Just goes to show you are a reader of multiple genres. You go, girl!
    Second–thank you so much for your thoughtful review of “The Keeper.” I’m so glad you enjoyed the book–I think you’ll love Sadie and M.K.’s stories. Grateful for you, Molly! I always smile when I see your tag. So happy you were part of the blog tour. Blessings on your new year! Suzanne

    • Molly

      Suzanne,
      LoL…yea. I tend to read an eclectic variety of books, but my all time favorites will ALWAYS be Amish fiction (especially yours!!!). I can’t wait to read sweet Sadie’s story. I felt her emotions so much through this one as it….could be, I felt a lot like her at times in my youth.

      Thank you for stopping by my review today. I love having you here and hope that you have a wonderful and blessed New Year!

      *Molly*

  2. 09712882843840359382

    Suzanne is a new to me author! I’m so tickled to be introduced to her! I have always been curious and intrigued by the Amish. To live life so simply and to have such a spirit of pureness is so admirable. There are times when I envy that…wish I had it for myself.

    Thank you for the introduction! Now I have some back peddling to do to catch up, and I’ll be following the rest of the tour faithfully!

    Congrats on your new release, Suzanne!

    Gena Robertson
    robertsongena@hotmail.com

    • Molly

      Gena,

      You will LOVE the Amish world of fiction! It’s truly as close to coming in touch with the actual Amish as you can get with out being there. I feel at home among each story that I read and I LOVE that feeling in a book! Enjoy the tour and I can’t wait til you read the Amish :-)

      *Molly*

  3. Lane Hill House

    I like good family stories and sounds like we will be introduced to other members more fully as they are highlighted in the future books in this series. They will reflect what Julia has been trying to teach them by her words and example within each personality. Interesting to find out how the stories unfold.
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

  4. Michelle

    Great review! I loved reading this book! I also took part in the blog tour. You can read my review at -destinationamish.com

    • Molly

      Thanks for stopping by Michelle! I just checked out your review…wow! This was a fantastic book I’ll say. I couldn’t put it down. Now I’m ready for the next two :-)

  5. Theresa D

    I have “The Choice” coming up in my TBR pile. I just adore Amish Fiction, so am keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed :)
    Thanks for the chance!

    • Molly

      Haha, Theresa! I hear ya. I’d have even my EYES crossed when trying to win an Amish book…lol. Good luck in the drawing! :-)

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