Friday, January 6, 2012

Suzanne Woods Fisher begins a new series!!!

"The Keeper"
By Suzanne Woods Fisher

Suzanne has done it again!!  "The Keeper" is the first in this new winning series- "Stoney Ridge Seasons".  This book is no different from any of her others!!  The first chapter grabs your attention and keeps you enthralled throughout the story by making each character unique and so well described , that you become part of them.  Her character development is outstanding. You live their dreams, heartaches, fears and rejoice in their joys.

The subject matter is very different from most Amish fiction. One of her main characters is a beekeeper. I learned so much about this occupation, as it is described in detail, as the story develops.  Organ transplant is also an important part if the storyline- a very controversial subject, especially for those of the Amish faith. Your heart breaks as the plot develops . There are constantly surprises as the book progresses. Twists and turns are present !! NO sleep for this reader, until I had finished the WHOLE THING!!  

The story takes place on Windmill Farm, with Julia Lapp, and her family. Her father has had very serious health problems- with his heart. As Julia takes on more responsibility, she never gives up hope for a brighter future.  Her marriage to Paul Fisher has been planned for many years, and then comes the pulling of the heartstrings. He postpones the wedding AGAIN!  Julia blames the Bee Man , who is travelling through the Amish communities, often causing mysterious happenings- or at least is blamed for them.  

Roman, the Bee Man, loves his nomadic way of life and is quite the character. I was completely mystified by this caring individual who showed so much consideration and love for Julia and her family, particularly her ailing father. Will he give up his freedom for a new love??

Julia is completely confused by her mixed feelings of love. Who does she really love?? Is this God's plan??  Can Julia find peace and security in this change in HER plans??   I dare not give any spoilers here!! You will have to read to find the answers!!

A fantastic book, showing us that God's plan is not always what we think it is!  We have to listen and wait!! There is hope for all situations and Julia and her family show us this! 

 This is a book NOT to be missed!!

About Suzanne:
Her interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, W.D. Benedict, who was raised Plain. She has many, many Plain relatives living in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and travels back to Pennsylvania, as well as to Ohio, a couple of times 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.
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This novel was provided by LitFuse in exchange for a review.

It's a "honey of a giveaway"!

Enter to win an iPad2 from Suzanne and connect with her on January 17th at The Keeper Facebook Party!

During the giveaway one Grand Prize winner will receive a Prize Pack valued at $600:

A brand new 16 KB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi
A $25 gift certificate to iTunes
A copy of The Keeper
But wait there's more! Just click on the icon in the sidebar to enter, then on 1/17 join Suzanne for The Keeper Facebook Party! During the party Suzanne will announce the winner of the "Honey" of an iPad Giveaway and host a fun book chat and give away some fun "honey" inspired prizes - It'll be 'sweet"!

RSVP early and tell your friends!

Tell your friends on FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Good luck and we hope to see you on the 17th at 5:00 PM PST (6:00 MST, 7:00 CST, 8:00 EST)!


  1. I am so glad you enjoyed this book, I just read it last week and my review will go up next week. BTW, I love your blog, great reviews! I would love it if you checked out my blog at and would love it if you became a follower! I am working on growing my blog followers so I can review more books and spread God's word through fiction to more and more people!

  2. Sure Jen! I am glad you enjoy my blog. I, also , am trying to build up my followers, so I will gladly join your team!! I did put up my review a day early, as I will be busy tomorrow, and I had read the book SO fast!!

  3. I just love Suzanne! This book was so good. I can't wait for The Haven to come out!

  4. What a fun review! Thank you. I think I will like Roman and want to discover his sad memories that keep him from going forward to trust and love and not flit around the countryside alone.

  5. What a wonderful review! It didn't occur to me until now that I would learn about bee keeping (duh!) - how interesting that must be. Not just anyone can do it, so I'm intrigued to find out exactly what it takes to do that line of work.

    Thank you for being part of this blog hop! I'm loving it!

    Gena Robertson

  6. Hi Karla! Oh...what a wonderful write-up of "The Keeper!" So glad you enjoyed the threads in the story (bee keeping, heart transplants). I love researching info and weaving it into a book. Means a lot to me to have your thumbs up, Karla. Blessings to you and those you love in 2012! Warmly, Suzanne