Friday, January 13, 2012

THE KEEPER {Review, Tour and Giveaway}

Title: The Keeper
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Publisher: Revell
Available:  Now
Source: Publisher via LitFuse

Genre:  Christian Fiction
Series:  Stoney Ridge Seasons
Rating:  PG 
Pages: 316

About the Book:
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?
The Giveaway

It’s a “Honey of a Giveaway” from Suzanne Woods Fisher!
Suzanne is hosting a "honey of a giveaway"during the blog tour for The Keeper! During 1/3-1/17 you can 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 one of the icons below 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!

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My Take:
There are Amish books and then there are Suzanne Fisher Woods Amish tales.  The book blurb will lead you to think this is a typical love romance style book, but it is so much more.  It is also a book to get you to think beyond the book...not only about the characters (they are great, tho), but about life and life going on.  Again...much much research into organ'll make you think!  There is so much packed into this book it's hard to put it all in a single paragraph.    One reason I like Suzanne Fisher Woods' books so much is the details and life like qualities all of her characters have.  It's like having friends over on a summers' day for a cup of tea.  The story is funny fast paced and will keep you on the edge of your seat, however...keep something handy to staunch the likely flow of tears that may overwhelm you as many of SWF's books do.   This is the first of what I'm sure is to become a well loved family series to have on your shelf.  I know I need to know what happens to the other loveable or not so loveable family members.  

My Recommendation:
I'd run out and buy it...even if you aren't interested in Amish Fiction, there is so much more to the story.  While there is talk of God and faith, it's interwoven into the story, and while you know they are Amish it's not pushed at you at every corner.    And it's not just because I recently learned about Ms. Fisher's puppy raising for Guide Dogs!  (My 11 year old blind daughter is so looking forward to the day when she gets her very own Guide Dog!)  I did give the book a PG rating because there are some adult decisions being made that may be hard for younger kids to relate to, but it is definitely a clean, fast past, Faith centered book!

If you like it you can buy it here!  Amazon

About the author:
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 theBlind. 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:

Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 17th!

I was given a copy of this  book by the author in return for an honest review.  No other compensation was given and you can read my disclosure here:


  1. Great review! Thank you so much for being part of this blog tour! I'm so eager to read The Keeper!

    Gena Robertson

  2. Jacque! I'm so grateful for your review (loved that you suggested people don't have to be Amish fiction fans to read it--thank you for that!)--but also, so glad I read about your daughter! Would love to stay in touch with you about a guide dog. Did you know GDB has a companion dog program for children who will eventually get guides? Please give your daughter a big hug for me. Thank you again for a wonderful thumbs up! Means a lot to me. Warmly, Suzanne