Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Keeper - by Suzanne Woods Fisher @suzannewfisher

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The Keeper 

I was excited to learn that I was chosen as a stop on the blog tour for Suzanne Woods Fisher's newest book, The Keeper.  Since I am doing 95% of my reading now on the Kindle or iPad, I anxiously awaited the book to arrive from LitFuse.  It came around Christmas time:  it was like a present to me! Knowing that the tour would be in the beginning of January but not when my stop would be, I read it immediately!

Here is a little bit about the book from the Publisher! 

Book Description

Stoney Ridge Seasons January 2, 2012
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.
Now, you'll notice that this photo has NOTHING to do with the book The Keeper!  This photo is what the Keeper reminds me of.  The photo was taken shortly after my father passed in 2005.  See the man behind the giant sea turtle?  That man is my Dad.  Only my sister and her two children were in that specific area of the aquarium that day.  Just goes to show that God has a funny way of showing us things - even if we're not listening.  

Julia wasn't listening to God.  Julia was listening to what she had built in her head over the years.  Roman was running away, again, not listening to God but although no one was listening God still showed them His way.  Don't think that this is just a love story either; many other story lines of those who aren't listening are out there.  
The underlying message that I got out of it?  God works in mysterious ways.  Whether you're listening or not, His will be done.  

The Keeper is full of laughs and surprises.  It also pulls at heartstrings, as so many of the other books of Suzanne W. Fisher have done for me.  

NOTE:  Although I received a review copy of The Keeper via LitFuse Publicity House on behalf of the publisher, I was not compensated for this review.  I was simply asked to give my honest opinion which I am pleased to do here. 


3 comments:

Unknown said...

Thank you so much for being part of this blog tour! I'd never heard of Suzanne before this tour started, but I am quickly becoming a fan of hers - I have always been very curious about the Amish and have admired their way of life. I cannot wait to read The Keeer!

Gena Robertson
robertsongena@hotmail.com

Suzanne said...

Hi Kristie!
Thanks so much for your review of "Keeper" (so glad it felt like a Christmas gift!). I enjoyed your comments about how the story pulled at heartstrings. I hope so! Hope readers feel attached to the characters. Warmly, Suzanne

Heather said...

Love the pic you posted with this! How special!