Enter the world of the Amish with The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Renee Ann Smith —  January 13, 2012 — 6 Comments

When it comes to reading, I’m a romantic suspense, police procedural kind of girl. But certain authors have won me over to their genres by the wonderful stories they tell. One such writer is Suzanne Woods Fisher, whose charming novels share the hopes, dreams, heartaches, and daily adventures of my favorite Amish characters. When I finish a Suzanne Woods Fisher novel, my heart has been satisfied, my mind has been refreshed, and I’ve been thoroughly entertained in the process.

I loved the tender hearts and gentle ways of the folks who peopled her novel, The Keeper. And I also enjoyed the touch of mystery in the plot.

What’s The Keeper about? Here’s the book blurb: 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 keeps him from thinking about all he has lost. He especially enjoys bringing his bees to Stoney Ridge each year. But with Julia on a mission to punish him for inspiring Paul’s cold feet, the Lapp farm is looking decidedly less pleasant.

Can Julia secure the future she’s always dreamed of? Or does God have something else in mind?

***You can purchase a copy of The Keeper at this link. It’s a story you can pass along to any reader—from young teen to Grandma. Many thanks to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy for me to review!

Giveaway: To celebrate her book, Suzanne is giving away an iPad2. You can enter the contest at the end of the post you’ll find here.

About the author: Suzanne’s interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, W.D. Benedict, who was raised Plain. She has many Plain relatives living in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and travels there, as well as to Ohio, each year for research.

Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they provide wonderful examples to the world.  In both her fiction and non-fiction books, she has an underlying theme: You don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate many of their principles—simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily—into your life.

When Suzanne isn’t writing or bragging to her friends about her first new grandbaby, she is raising puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne’s way of thinking, you just can’t take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone’s underwear in its mouth.

Suzanne can be found on-line at www.suzannewoodsfisher.com.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

6 responses to Enter the world of the Amish with The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher

  1. This sounds so good. You won me over with the bee keeper info. They fascinate me for some reason.

  2. Thanks for the review on the Keeper; it looks like a fun book to read. I have always loved reading things about the Amish. They are a gentle people.

  3. Thank you for your review of The Keeper! I’m so excited to read it! I’ve always been curious about the Amish and their way of life. Suzanne sounds like she writes the kind of books I really need to read right now – full of inspiration and love.

  4. Hi Renee! I can’t thank you enough for the way you started out this review of “The Keeper” (that your favorite kinds of books aren’t Amish ones)–that means so much to me! I really hope people will give this a try…not with presupposed ideas of Amish fiction but with an open mind. And I’m so pleased you enjoyed these quirky characters! Thanks for being a part of the blog tour. Warmly, Suzanne

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