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The Keeper (Stoney Ridge Seasons #1)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  1,359 ratings  ·  151 reviews
A family. A farm. A heart. All in need of repair.

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
Paperback, 316 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Revell
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Carrie Pagels
Paul Fisher is not the guy for Julia Lapp, even if they are promised to one another. She's finally woken up and realized his cold feet might mean something. But she's angry. And she targets Roman Troyer, the Bee Man, as the instigator (with a little prompting from others!)

Roman is far from home, a man who roams from place to place with his bees. He has a streak of white hair announcing the trauma he's experienced because if one looks closely they'll see a handsome young man. He's not as old as s
Janice Aitkens
I read this on the kindle

This book is one of the best Amish Books i read for a long time not taking anything away from other Amish books i have read

It a story about a family on Windmill Farm, Amos a widower Julia, Merino, Sadie & Mary Kate (MK) & there is Uncle Hank

Paul Fisher keeps postponing his wedding to Julia, Amos is getting weaker due to a weak heart, Merino is someone who is slightly slow but loved by all

Fern comes to the farm as a housekeeper, Roman is the Bee Man & comes a
Wendy Hines
Amos Lapp has a grave heart condition. His farm, Windmill Farm, is in disarray and his children are doing the best that they can to get the crops planted. Julia's excitement about her upcoming wedding to Paul Fisher is short-lived when he visits her produce stand one day. He's been speaking with The Bee Man and thinks they should postpone the wedding. Julia is heart-broken, as this is the second time this has happened.

Sadie is doing the best she can to cook their meals and take care of the house
Today I have a review of a very interesting book I can't wait to tell you about. My first keeper book of the year!

I am not a real big fan of Amish stories. With that in mind, I loved this book! The Keeper is definitely a keeper:) The plot of this book somehow seemed different. That is one of my major gripes with Amish books is that many of the plots all center around the same thing. A girl, or guy, who is not happy with the Amish life so he or she leaves. They go through their time of sowing wil
The Loopy Librarian
In general, I gravitate toward edgier books, so I didn't expect to enjoy The Keeper as much as I did. However, the storytelling was excellent, and I became very invested in the characters. I'm glad to learn that it's the first in a series because I want to follow the sisters' stories further. Although there was romance, I would classify this book more as family fiction. Each character was unique, and the author gave them all a life and breath of their own. I fell in love with the entire family. ...more
There were four reasons I decided to read The Keeper, the first in Suzanne Woods Fisher’s Stoney Ridge Seasons series.

1.) I was invited to take part in a Litfuse Blog Tour for the second book in this series (The Haven, which I just got in the mail this week).

2.) I got this book for free for Kindle back in May... and it was just sitting there waiting for me.

3.) I have NEVER once read an Amish novel in my life. I thought I should try the genre out.

4.) I’ve decided that it’s probably a good ide
I have recently discovered the wonderful author Suzanne Woods Fisher. Every one of her books that I have read so far, has totally drawn me in, and got me turning the pages, even the one that wasn't a work of fiction, which normally I find harder to get through self help type books.

You know you have a good book in your hands, when you can't wait to get to the end to see how everything turns out, until you are getting close to the end, and the you change to not wanting it to end. That is my experi
This book is MUCH MORE than Julia trying to change Paul's mind about postponing their marriage. It starts with that but changes, as the story grows. (There is a twist, near the end, that had me in tears, yet, the outcome was good.) Faith is such an essential part of this story. It was one of those books I started and couldn't put down.

You learn why Roman Troyer, the Bee Man, travels, instead of staying in one place. Then, you understand why he likes Windmill Farm so much, why he is drawn there e
1st in Stoney Ridge series. Excellent story of the Lapp family and the two people who come into their lives and make a huge difference. Very emotional story!

The Keeper

The Keeper is simply a sweet and well written book. I love the depth of all the characters, from loud and rambunctious Uncle Hank to kind and quiet Sadie. The idea of the Amish has always interested me, and this book brought this foreign society to life for me. It’s amazing how hard they work and how little they complain. This book had great plot twists, as usual, and kept me hanging on every word. The description was fantastic, and the romance blossomed slowly but surely, not rushed o
Good book about a season of changes for the inhabitants of Windmill Farm. The main focus of the story is Julia Lapp. She is twenty-one years old and engaged to marry Paul Fisher. She is the oldest of the four Lapp children - herself, Sadie, Menno and Mary Kate (MK). Their mother died years ago and Julia has been in charge of raising her siblings. It was going pretty well until a few months ago when their father, Amos, started having heart problems. Now Julia also has to worry about keeping the f ...more
4.5 stars
When am I going to admit that I am once again a fan of Amish fiction? Right now. I got sick and tired of the same ol', same ol' when reading Amish fiction in the earlier years of this decade but it's quickly become one of my favorite genres again. With her latest novel Suzanne Woods Fisher has cemented herself and her Amish stories right on my "must read" list. Yep, it's all because of her wonderful, heartrending and impulsively readable novels that I'm HOOKED on Plain fiction.

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Jan 06, 2012 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly by: LitFuse
Shelves: favorites
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! ...more
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
I started this book awhile back and got busy with Thanksgiving and I finally had the time to finish it and write up a review! Suzanne Woods Fisher is a fairly new author to me but I am very impressed so far. I have a few more books of hers to pick up and after reading this one—I’m really looking forward to it! Few authors bring me to tears with a book and my kindle really got a workout with all the highlighting of quotes I found. You can tell the author knows her Bible and her characters possess ...more
Julia Lapp has know since was ten years old that she wanted to marry Paul Fisher, and that is what she is planning on doing. Until he decides maybe they should wait a bit, but after the marrying season is over, and spring arrives, they decide that this is the year they will marry. However the arrival of the Bee Man, Roaming Roman Troyer, has once again caused Paul to get cold feet and again he postpones their wedding. Julia is hurt, angry and is pretty sure she may hate the Bee Man, but she also ...more
Chrystal Mahan
I am thankful for the book review program in which I belong. Without it I would not have discovered Suzanne as an author. But then again, in time, I may have since I love the Amish books! I was so excited to read and review the newest book, The Keeper. I knew it would not disappoint, and I was right!
Roman Troyer is the roaming Bee Man. Full of secrets and a life he left behind. Fern was hired by the Lapp family to take care of the children while Amos tends to his ailing heart. Fern and Roman are
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A family. A farm. A heart. All in need of repair.

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
Author: Suzanne Fisher Woods
Publisher: Revell
January 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8007-1987-6
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Julia Lapp’s father is dying—unless he has a heart transplant. But Amos Lapp won’t consider a heart transplant since it means that someone must die in order for him to live. Julie is struggling with life in general, trying to care for her ill father, get the fields planted, manager her brother and sisters, keep house and marry her long time boyfriend, Paul Fisher. But then e
Mercedes Cordero
This is much more than a love story with sort of a love triangle. This is a story about family, about sharing one's heart and giving ourselves completely for love, about conquering our fears, living in faith and trusting God.

Julia has held on for so long to her dream of marrying Paul that she has lost respect for herself and has lost sight of what God's will is for her. She will grow, she will learn, and she will know by the book's end what real love is.

She has a family in need: a shy sister, a
Suzanne Woods Fisher is one of the best writers of Amish fiction today and this is the start to another great series. Her Amish community is a kinder, gentler type of setting but her writing shows us that members of the Amish community are just like the rest of us. Her characters are never perfect or condescending in their faith or how they treat others. They make mistakes just like everyone else.

Julia is the lead in this installment, but the story is just as much about Rome (the beekeeper), and
Elisha Wilhelm-German
I just recently got into the "Amish style books" for lack of a better term; When I was younger I could never get into books themed in the Amish lifestyle but I have begun to find it a fun read and interesting topic to discuss and learn about. And this book is a great example as to why I have begun reading more of these type of books. And like any other book, or most books you begin to like this character more than another character, you really don't like that character, etc. I say this because a ...more
When I first received this book for review, I had no idea what "The Keeper" was referring to. When I found out it was about a beekeeper who visits Amish farms so that his bees can pollinate their orchards, I was fascinated. I had never heard of that before, and I was interested in the Bee Man's history.

The story is told from the point of view of each of the many characters in this book, but it was fairly easy to keep everything straight. I always enjoy getting to see what is happening from the p
I have grown somewhat tired of Amish fiction. It has never been my favorite genre anyway, but I feel like it’s being overdone lately. There is one Amish fiction author I don’t think I will ever grow tired of, and that author is Suzanne Woods Fisher. I will never hesitate to read one of her Amish novels. Her books are different from other Amish novels and I have never disliked anything of hers that I have read.

I think The Keeper is my favorite of any of her books. This story was so enjoyable and
Julia Lapp has steadily watched her beloved home, Windmill Farm, decline since her father began having heart problems. He desperately needs a heart transplant, but refuses to be put on the transplant list because in order to receive a new heart, someone else must die and he is unwilling to accept this. Meanwhile, Julia has been planning to marry Paul Fisher since she was a young girl, and even though he has already postponed the wedding, she refuses to give up hope. When Paul comes to her and wa ...more
Oct 04, 2012 Cari rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christian fiction fans
Recommended to Cari by: Vanessa
Suzanne Woods Fishers has never failed me yet! She is now officially my favourite Amish fiction writer!

The Keeper was such a sweet story. It made me laugh. It made me tear up. The characters were really well developed. Especially Menno and M.K. They were my favourites. The story flowed smoothly, and I have no issues whatsoever with the writing.

Before getting a-hold of Fisher's books, I had pretty much given up on Amish fiction. Too many of Wanda E. Brunstetter books, and I felt like... Man, Am
In the midst of a "tough" time, the one thing Julia could look forward to with great anticipation was her wedding. That is until the Bee Man, Roamin' Roman, comes to town and puts ideas in her fiancee's head. Paul, the man Julia is determined to marry, postpones the wedding for the second time after having a conversation with the Bee Man. With everything going on in Julia's life, a second postponement of her wedding was definitely not what she needed. But, when help comes to her family's farm an ...more
Amber Stokes
Fisher's writing is a pleasure to read as she effortlessly combines the quirky with the authentic. Her stories are creative but not too far out there to also be familiar and comforting. Stoney Ridge is a great place to visit through Fisher's book. And The Keeper is a great addition to Fisher's Amish novels, with sweet sibling relationships and a honey of a romance!

The traveling bee keeper, Roamin' Roman (love his name!), is an interesting character who speaks about the great freedom of his wande
Wow, I didn't see that ending coming! Any of, I didn't!
Suzanne Woods Fisher, in my opinion, is the best Amish Fiction writer there is. She has such a way with her characters, it just draws you into the family, makes you feel like you belong, like you are a visiting friend.
I loved this family! The three sisters - MK the youngest, smart, sassy, playful, and always finding trouble. Sadie, the 14 yr old middle daughter, Kind hearted, sweet, timid, and so sure no man will ever love her. And Julia the
Trinity Rose
The Keeper is a book that is excellent and worth reading. I really loved it and parts of it surprised me. I love books where I am surprised at things that happen. No one likes a book that is just like every other book. Then a book comes along that just takes your breathe away and The Keeper is one of those.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is an wonderful author of Amish fiction and I don’t read a lot of Amish stories.
Reading the above information about the book makes you wonder why Roman keeps moving aro
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Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling, award winning author of fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books, host of the radio-show-turned-blog Amish Wisdom, a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine.

Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, who was raised Plain. A theme in her books (her life!) is that you don’t have to “go Amish” to
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Stoney Ridge Seasons (4 books)
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  • The Lesson (Stoney Ridge Seasons #3)
  • Christmas at Rose Hill Farm: An Amish Love Story
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