I am not sure if it was the topic of bees (we are hoping to get some this year) that endeared this book to me, or the Amish characters, or the simple life they lead. Either way, I really enjoyed this sweet story!
The Keeper written by one of my favorite Amish authors Suzanne Woods Fisher, is simply a delightful read! I loved the characters in this story, Julia is the eldest daughter of an ailing father, who is caring for him and her sisters and brother. She is due to marry within the year, that is until the Bee Man arrives.
I did love the Bee Man, even though he caused the wedding to be postponed, and stirred up some other trouble along the way. The Bee Man is his own man, Roman, he does not really answer to anyone, and when things get tough he hits the road with his Bees.
There were many aspects to this story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading! Romance blooms when not expected, choices must be made rather than avoided, and people will get hurt.
Suzanne does an amazing job drawing you into this wonderful family and you will fret for them at times and celebrate with them at other times. She has such a feel for the Amish culture, their simple lives and their joy in everything.
I highly recommend this book, but honestly I highly recommend anything that Suzanne Woods Fisher writes! I have enjoyed several of her books now and would jump at the chance to read any others by her!
Check out the trailer for the book:
NOTE : I received a copy of The Keeper, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review, by Revell Publishers.
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
RSVP early and tell your friends!