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The Keeper (Stoney Ridge Seasons #1)

4.31  ·  Rating Details ·  2,732 Ratings  ·  264 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
Jul 12, 2013 Carrie Pagels rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 12, 2013 Janice Aitkens rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 01, 2012 Shari rated it it was amazing
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
Nancy Steinle gummel
I really enjoyed the Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher. It's a fictional story based on some facts. Julia, her sisters Sadie and MK (Mary Kate) and brother Menno who is slow try to run the farm and keep the house. They are failing miserably at it. Jack, dad Amos's brother brings in a housekeeper Fern. There is a clash of wills at first Braden the children and Fern. Then the bee man comes. He is very friendly to Amos and agrees to stay through the harvest. Julia and Rome the bee man don't see eye to ...more
Oct 12, 2016 Lonnie rated it liked it
I don't read a lot of Amish books because they tend to all be the same, but this one surprised me. First, it didn't feel like an Amish book. And the ending was a surprise! But, looking back now, it shouldn't have been. It was a good story.
Jul 06, 2012 Dawn rated it it was amazing
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
Wendy Hines
Jan 14, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 11, 2012 Charity rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 23, 2012 Tammy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Another great book by Suzanne Woods Fisher! From the first page till the last page of this book, I had a hard time putting this book down. I have to admit that there was not a slow page in it.

The story of Windmill farm brought tears to my eyes but at the same time brought lifted spirits. The story of Julia and her upcoming marriage to Paul Fisher both broke my heart when he postponed it but at the same time I was hoping that she would see him for what he really was.

And oh the Bee Man, what a lif
Jan 04, 2012 Valentina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a lovely story full of romance and special relationships that is very different from a lot of the Amish novels that are being written now.
What I love the most about this author is her sense of characterization. All of her characters are so well-written, with layers upon layers of personality, that it is hard to believe they don’t really exist. Julia, for example, is a fully fledged person, with her positive and negative sides in constant battle, which makes her a fascinating person to f
The Loopy Librarian
Aug 18, 2013 The Loopy Librarian rated it really liked it
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
Tina Watson
Dec 27, 2011 Tina Watson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-read
Suzanne Woods Fisher has done it again, she has written another EXCELLENT book to start off a new series. For 2012, I am going to recommend this book every chance I get.

Fall in love with the characters.
Be moved by the details that you feel like are there in Lancaster County, Pa.
Smile, Laugh, and Cry.
Read God at work with the characters.

Julia is the oldest, followed by Menno, then Sadie, and the youngest Mary Kate (M.K.). Their dad Amos and their Uncle Hank. All of them are the Lapp members.
Eileen Carter

This story is one that will bring you to tears over the effects which take place to the Lapp family. But then you will be laughing out loud at the antics of M.K. and Menno. Julia is doing her best to keep things going on the windmill farm but she can't do it all. Along comes Fern to the rescue, or is she? Julia thought she had found the perfect matter in Paul, but once again he has postponed the wedding where well that leave Julia?
As you read the story you will find it heart warming a
Samantha Clysdale
Sep 11, 2015 Samantha Clysdale rated it it was amazing
This book is anything but plain Amish.

There is growing up, love loss, finding love again, puppies, rare birds, uncle buck,Heath issues, special child, gambling and good old fashion quilting.

What is there not to love.
May 17, 2012 Kaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Valerie Waters
Feb 21, 2012 Valerie Waters rated it it was amazing
What a cute book!! I LOVED this book. It was such a good story and very entertaining.
Karen Batton
Dec 19, 2016 Karen Batton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!

Loved everything about this book ESPECIALLY the characters! I found it hard to put down. My mom grew up near the Amish and I grew up going to my grandparents in Ohio every summer so I have always been intrigued by the Amish way of life. I look forward to the rest of this series! Thank you!!
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
Steve Mattison
Jan 03, 2017 Steve Mattison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking

Well written, characters are real. Makes you think about why people act the way they do; shouldn't jump to conclusions. Also dealt well with handling tragedies in life.
The Keeper

This was a good book I enjoyed reading this series and would recommend this author to my friends. Thank you
Dec 26, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
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
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
The Lapp family needs more help than they are willing to admit. Amos Lapp is slowly dying and with that, he is the last parent Julia has to rely on for help. Being the oldest, she has been trying to run the families produce stand, take care of the house and farm and raise her siblings, Sadie, Mary Kate and their special needs brother Menno. Amos has a bad heart and despite trying to heal from a recent heart attack, his heart isn't mending like he would have thought, and he's resolved to accept G ...more
Julia is 21 and the oldest of the Lapp children. There is also Menno, Sadie and Mary Katie(M.K). There father is Amos and there Uncle Hank lives close by as well. Amos is in heart failure and so it has fallen on the Lapp kids to keep things going. The book opens with Julia’s fiancé(Paul) calling off the wedding for the 2nd time. She is devastated and does not know what to do. Just as Julia is dealing with this her Uncle Hank has found someone to come and help take care of the house her name is ...more
Jan 09, 2012 Elisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2012 Jodie rated it really liked it
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
Jan 30, 2012 Trisha rated it it was amazing
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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
Jan 08, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julia Lapp has always planned on marrying Paul Fisher, so when he postponed their wedding once she could understand, but when he decides to postpone a second time, Julia is sure she knows who to blame, The Bee Man, Roman Troyer, an Amish drifter who seems to have the effect of causing young men to get cold feet about marriage.
Roman Troyer has been friends with Amos Lapp for years and has always loved visiting Windmill Farms, but this year it seems that the heart of the farm is failing so Roman d
Diane U
Jan 10, 2012 Diane U rated it it was amazing
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 kee
Jun 05, 2015 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
You will fall totally in love with the Lapp family in this superlative Amish romance. The oldest Lapp child, Julia, struggles to take care of their family farm since her widower father, Amos, has been slowly dying of congestive heart failure. Her fiancé Paul has just postponed their wedding for the second time and she thinks she is still madly in love with him and wants desperately to get him back. And who should come to their community but Roman Troyer, the "Bee man," a drifter who goes from pl ...more
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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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