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The Keeper (Stoney Ridge Seasons #1)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  1,720 ratings  ·  180 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
Okay... I started this and loved the first few chapters. There is some beautiful writing and nicely drawn characters who came over as believable. However, some of the scenes were rather 'random' and the story became jerky and disconnected, but the strength of the characters and the writing made me continue reading, until something happened that was so profoundly WRONG and so utterly appalling that I nearly stopped reading.

MAJOR SPOILER ALERT (view spoiler)
Glenda Griffin
The Keeper

So many great truths in this novel, turn loose and let God was all through the story. My favorite character was Meno he was an angel attending unawares. His child like faith is what Christ ask for. Scripture says the pure in heart shall see God. I have lost love ones it seemed one right after another only separated by weeks. The ones that happened early in my life I handled very poorly, turning my back on God blaming him for not caring. When I turned my life over to The Lord, He grante
Brenda Roberson
Julia Lapp has always expected to marry Paul Fisher. But he has put their wedding on hold, again. Hurt but still wanting to marry him, Julia makes up her mind to convince Paul they should marry. Julia knows that Edith, Paul's mother, is behind his decision. How could she not be, with the things she has said. Or could it be the Bee Man. Whenever he comes to town things just got all jumbled up in Paul's mind.

Amos Lapp has been declining
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
Trudy E
When the Bee Man comes to their small community, Julia's impending marriage is once again postponed. To add to her misery, Uncle Hank has hired Fern, from another community, to help care for her father, Amos, who is suffering from a failing heart. Fern moves in and takes over, changing the lives and routines of the entire family- including younger siblings Menno, Sadie, and Mary Kate who have been in Julia's charge since the passing of her mother. Each of the Lapp family is in a stage of transit ...more
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!
Toni Shiloh
The Keeper is much more than a story about a woman's journey through love. I fell in love with the Lapp family as Suzanne Woods Fisher gave me a reason to connect with each member of the family. Julia Lapp is the eldest and the glue that holds them together. Menno is the heart of the family. Sadie is the one who feels overlooked, but has much to offer. Mary Kate is the zany one that makes you chuckle. Throw in some boy troubles, a father with a bad heart, and you have a heart wrenching story. Ea ...more
Valerie Waters
What a cute book!! I LOVED this book. It was such a good story and very entertaining.

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
Finding Love

Julia was excited to be planning her wedding. Unfortunately, her husband to be delays the wedding a second time. With her father's bad heart, the running of the house, the farm, trying to care for everyone was too much for Julia. They hired a housekeeper who came with new rules. Everything was too much for Julia but hiring the bee man to help run the farm was good for the family. Julia found the bee man in her thoughts a little too often. Once you start, you will have a hard time put
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
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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
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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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