Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Keeper, book review

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?

Full of the plot twists and surprises her fans love, The Keeper is the first in a new series by bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher. Through touching family relationships and trials of the heart, Fisher's vivid characters grapple with yielding to God's will when it doesn't match their own.

The world of the Amish MUST come so easily to Ms. Fisher, as shown in her skillful words and patient story-telling. I absolutely love her work, and The Keeper is no exception. As I ponder the title, and the plot of the story, I wonder how much knowledge one can gain, how much truth in that short collection of two words can be revealed. As Julia reckons with the beekeeper, you will be breathless with the richness of characters, setting, and challenges of faith. As a girl who had to wait for timing in her own courtship, I understood the pain Julia went through. I see this book as one perfect for young single adults, especially, because of the lessons learned when one is patient for love with God's perfect timing. Particularly touching was the way Julia's brother held his own part of the story in a haunting yet positive way. I was completely moved by this book, and will KEEP it close to my heart to ponder for a long time!

Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I was provided a free review copy in return for my original review.

1 comment:

Suzanne said...

Loved your review of "The Keeper!" Especially that wonderful comment about how this is a good book for single adults--waiting for God's best. Thanks so much for your thoughtful and encouraging words! Warmly, Suzanne