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The Keeper (Stoney Ridge Seasons #1)

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,273 Ratings  ·  233 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
A touching story of faith and family. I enjoyed it.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Nov 05, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
This book is about the Lapp's family and how they coped with the illness of their father who is having trouble with his heart and don't believe in transplants. His daughter Julia is planning on marrying Paul Fisher although he has cancelled the wedding twice. She is determined to change his mind even when she sees him with another girl. Enter the Bee Man who seems to turn up each year and a person she plans for her intended to postpone their marriage with his stories of freedom and taking one's ...more
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
May 19, 2015 Glenda Griffin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 15, 2016 Molly rated it it was ok
A sweet read.
Brenda Roberson
Jun 03, 2015 Brenda Roberson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Trudy E
May 24, 2015 Trudy E rated it really liked it
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
Sally Stackhouse
This is a story about an Amish family. The father has become ill with a heart condition and consequently the farm is becoming a bit run down.

The Bee keeper is a man who travels from farm to farm with his bees to pollinate orchards. He has suffered tragedy in his life seems to be taking another turn as he stays at the Lapp’s farm to help them.

Julia is betrothed to Paul who keeps postponing their wedding.

The writing is good and the underlying ethos and religion of the Amish community is describe
Mar 21, 2016 Lois rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read

First and foremost, many ebooks are released without the kindness done to the reader of a thorough editing; this book is not one - professionally written and edited for content and grammar - that is much appreciated, since it interrupts the flow of a story to constantly come across errors.

Second, this story is not just a romance or just an Amish issues story; it is so much more. I enjoyed the growth in the characters, the lessons learned, and the true love shown between young couples,
May 05, 2014 Patricia rated it it was amazing
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
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!
Toni Shiloh
May 21, 2015 Toni Shiloh rated it really liked it
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
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.
Nov 25, 2015 Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian, 2015
So disappointing and so frustrating. I can't seem to find an entertaining Christian novel. I thought the characters were flat, plot was nonexistent, reactions were over dramatized. I am by no means an Amish expert, but this could have been any old clean story that they tossed a bit of faith into as an after thought to meet the needs of a target audience. The characters didn't seem true to the faith. The whole story lacked authenticity because of that I just couldn't buy into it and lose myself i ...more
Sep 09, 2014 Claires2 rated it it was amazing

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
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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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