The Keeper (Stoney Ridge Seasons Series #1)

The Keeper (Stoney Ridge Seasons Series #1)

by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441235961
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Series: Stoney Ridge Seasons Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 140,529
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of an Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is also a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. Learn more at and connect with Suzanne on Twitter @suzannewfisher.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than two dozen novels, including Phoebe's Light, Minding the Light, and The Light Before Day, as well as the Amish Beginnings, The Bishop's Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and The Heart of the Amish. She lives in California. Learn more at and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

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Keeper 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 102 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!! The story is about julia and her family about forgiveness and that you cant always judge a book by its cover and that the gift of life is very precious
etav More than 1 year ago
This book is more than just another Amish romance novel. It emphasis the importance of family, community, love and forgiveness. There is a shocker at the end of the book that will have you in tears. Well written and kept my interest from first to last page!
Katie79 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates a novel that really make you think! This is my favorite by Suzanne thus far and I still can't get over how emotionally involved I became with this novel!
LoveAmishFiction More than 1 year ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher has done it again, she has written another EXCELLENT book to start off a new series. For 2012, I am going to recommend this book every chance I get. Fall in love with the characters. Be moved by the details that you feel like are there in Lancaster County, Pa. Smile, Laugh, and Cry. Read God at work with the characters. Julia is the oldest, followed by Menno, then Sadie, and the youngest Mary Kate (M.K.). Their dad Amos and their Uncle H...moreSuzanne Woods Fisher has done it again, she has written another EXCELLENT book to start off a new series. For 2012, I am going to recommend this book every chance I get. Fall in love with the characters. Be moved by the details that you feel like are there in Lancaster County, Pa. Smile, Laugh, and Cry. Read God at work with the characters. Julia is the oldest, followed by Menno, then Sadie, and the youngest Mary Kate (M.K.). Their dad Amos and their Uncle Hank. All of them are the Lapp members. Paul Fisher; Jimmy Fisher; Edith Fisher; Fern Garber; Roman Troyer; R.W. A FAMILY. A FARM. A HEART. ALL IN NEED OF REPAIR. Will they all be repaired? Can forgiveness be given? Will there be a future?(less)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author did an excellent job at discribing the events in the mind of a teenager diagnosed with juvenille diabeties. As a fellow juvenille diabetic, I could relate to the senarios at hand, and it helped tremendously.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series
Tribute_Books_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Sometimes a book shatters stereotypes. The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher does just that. The Amish culture is a mystery to most Americans. Their isolated, primitive lifestyle is closed off from mainstream influence, but as Fisher demonstrates they are not completely detached from the secular world. Families have pizza delivered. Teenage girls wear Spanx. Food is stored in a refrigerator. But the most surprising factor - upon which the book pivots - is that they partake of modern medicine in a hospital setting. This homespun tale centers around the Lapp clan. With their mother already deceased, the children now face the possibility of losing their father if he does not receive a much-needed heart transplant. The eldest, Julia, is also suffering through additional heartache when her fiancee, Paul, calls off their engagement. Julia believes the culprit behind his change of heart is Roman, also known as the Bee Man. A loner who ventures into town once a year to pollinate the orchards of the surrounding farms, Julia feels his outspoken praise of the freedom of bachelorhood helps to derail her marriage plans. When Roman offers to stay with the Lapps for the entire summer in order to help get the farm back on track, Julia is fit to be tied. The push and pull of the developing love story between Roman and Julia is a classic case of opposites attract. Julia begins to see the shortcomings in former fiancee's character. While Roman starts to realize that his flirtatious nature might draw women to his side, but why does he do everything in his power to keep them at arm's length? Secrets from his troubled past emerge when the reason behind his enforced isolation lies in a tragic family accident. While the romance takes top billing, it is the characters that bring the story to life. Sadie, the middle sister, is pleasant and plump. Obsessed with her weight, she just can't resist helping herself to extra sweet here and there. Meek and timid, she is infatuated with Roman, but always seems to make a fool out of herself in his presence. Menno is the boy in the family. Although simple minded, his sweet persona is beloved by people and animals alike. His faith in God is beautiful to behold and his unblemished outlook inspires all who come in contact with him. M.K., the baby sister, is a mischievous tomboy who gets into her fair share of scrapes. Although her heart is usually in the right place, her actions usually land her in a heap of trouble. The newcomer to the family is Fern. Hired by their eccentric Uncle Hank, she moves into their home setting up command like a drill sergeant. She allows no one to meddle in her kitchen and sets the children to work on a multitude of chores. Although she displays a tough shell, she genuinely cares about the Lapps and gets everything running in tip top shape. Her own misfortune is in some way tied to Roman's, and their connection to a shared sense of pain helps them both to heal. The lush descriptions of summer on the farm create a vivid, welcoming atmosphere throughout the book. Buggy rides are interspersed with quilting and gardening, immersing the narrative in the Amish culture. However, the plot lines are universal and the interior motivations are relatable regardless if the character is wearing a prayer cap or not. What cements the story in the reader's mind is the strong feeling of family that permeates throughout.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Julie Lapp always expected to marry Paul Fisher. Paul has once again put their wedding on hold. Hurt but still wanting to marry Paul, Julia makes up her mind to convince Paul they should marry. Julia knows that Edith, Paul¿s mother, is behind Paul¿s decision. Amos Lapp, Julie¿s Father has been in declining health for some time. His heart is not functioning right and is just plain giving out. This condition is causing Amos to tire easily and is on bed rest most of the time. Only a heart transplant can save Amos. Amos is adamantly against it. He knows that someone must die for him to have a new heart. Would that be God's will? The Lapp children, Julia, Menno, Sadie, and M.K. (Mary Kate) are doing their best to keep the farm running. Uncle Hank lends a hand when he can, especially with Menno. Two outsiders, Fern Graber and The Bee Man (Roman Troyer), show up at the Lapp farm; Fern as a caregiver to Amos and Roman as lending a hand with the farm chores and repairs for the use of his bees for the Lapp's orchard trees. Can the newcomers make a difference? Will Julia and Paul marry? Will Amos agree to a heart transplant? I was taken through many emotions while reading this book. M.K. brought much laughter and I soon grew to love her! She reminds me so much of my granddaughter! I also experienced sadness, anger, tears, and joy. God is at work in each life. I loved that the author brought this out. We read about trust, faith, love, peace, and finally hope. The Author has left me with wanting more. I can't wait for the next book to be released!
BrokenTeepee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet tale of learning that what you think you want is not always what is best for you. Julia has been in love with Paul for as long as she can remember. She thought they were going to be married but Paul kept coming up with reasons to delay. She thought it was everyone's fault but his. When the Bee Man came back and Paul delayed the ceremony yet again she was, well madder than a bee. What she came to learn was that she and Roman, that same Bee Man that drove her to distraction had more in common than she wanted to believe. As their friendship deepened she learns that perhaps the path she was on had a fork in it for a very good reason.Ms. Woods Fisher writes a lovely story about learning to accept what is given to you and perhaps stretch your thinking to expand beliefs you might have had from birth. The strength of family is very very important in dealing with whatever is thrown your way and if you keep the faith things will work mother always said that things will work out for the best and as I looked back she was right. This book proves her axiom. It's well written with well developed characters and the peak into the Amish way of life is always a delight.
tiinaj1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd book of Suzanne Woods Fisher that I have read so I was excited when I was offered a review of The Keeper during her Book Tour that starts up today. I'm not a big fan of Amish books but this one I found very enjoyable and I will definitely be first in line for the book tour.The Keeper is Book 1 in a new series called Stoney Ridge Seasons by Suzanne Woods Fisher. Opening with Julia dreaming about her fiance Paul and his telling her that he wants to postpone their wedding for the second time. Julia of course is devastated and feels like it is all her fault while Paul is immature and unable to commit to a marriage and the responsibility that comes with it. It doesn't help that Paul's mother is catty, sharp-tongued and let's Julia know that she isn't good enough for her "little boy". Then Roman arrives along with the rumors that he is the instigator of broken engagements and a ladies man.In the meantime the Lapp family lives with family troubles in the form of heart failure and losing their father. You'll find that Suzanne did a lot of medical research for heart disease, transplants and more along with the usual research into Amish living. The Keeper is fast moving, inspiring and filled with enough angst and emotion to keep you reading page after page and ending with probably the best ending I've read in a romance of any kind in a very long time.Be sure to watch for the next 2 books in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series: The Haven (book 2) coming in August 2012 and The Lesson (book 3) coming in January 2013. Suzanne Woods Fisher is very knowledgeable about Amish life and has written several books in series and a non-fiction book called Amish Values for Your Family.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher has always been my favorite Amish author. She totally hooked me with her Lancaster County series and I was hooked on her non-fiction books too. They're all filled with wonderful writing talent and amazing wisdom, both fiction and non-fiction. When I had the opportunity to read her newest book, the first in a new series, The Keeper, I was super excited. I was totally pleased with the results of this book! Ms. Fisher has hit it out of the ball park once again with this novel! Julia Lapp is a wonderful, yet a bit complex, character. She's engaged to Paul Fisher, helping to raise her younger siblings, and take care of her ailing father. Her mother passed on years ago, so the responsibility falls namely on her shoulders. But, it seems that something keeps triggering a reaction in Paul, for twice now, he's cancelled their wedding. He never gives a proper excuse and it's really starting to bother Julia. When her baby sister Mary Kate "M.K." Lapp breaks a certain news to Julia.....well, she's starting to realize the reasoning behind Paul's indecisiveness. Roman Troyer is a beekeeper. He travels from Amish farm to Amish Farm, helping the farmers with their farms by allowing his bees to help with the process, and making honey and candles. Circumstances from his past keep shelled inside himself. But, when he reaches Windmill Farm there's always just something that calls him to the home and to the family. When Amos Lapp has fallen ill this time that he comes around, he decides to lend a hand. But, he wishes that Julia Lapp wasn't so dead set on being cool towards him, though he knows he's to blame for her worrying and anger. I loved Roamin' Roman and sweet Jules. Their story really pulled me into the heart of the novel and had me walking along side both of them. With some secrets from the past, and God's guidance, these two characters are more than just characters....they become real. I loved M.K. and Fern too. M.K. is head strong and Stern Fern...well, she's just hurting inside and needs some love. Sweet Menno....a child in a man's body, bless his heart, he added a truly innocent charm to the story. And, poor Sadie! Bless her heart, she really added to the depth of the story. With romance, humor, Amish charm and wisdom, Ms. Fisher has created the start of a wonderful story. This start to a fantastic new series is a 5 Book worthy novel and will be sitting pretty on my Amish fiction bookshelf for years to come. I can't wait to read Sadie Lapp's story in book 2, The Haven, set to release in August of 2012.This review originated at Reviews By Molly in part with a blog tour.
khiemstra631 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Suzanne Woods Fisher has written an absolutely delightful book, the first in the Stoney Ridge Seasons series. The amazing thing about this book is that the characters seem like perfectly normal folk, and one has stop and remind oneself that they are Amish. That is a major difference from this book and most other Amish novels on today's market. The book ranges from laugh-out-loud funny to tears-running-down-the-cheek sad. The basic story line runs along that line that Amos Lapp needs a heart transplant and is dying because of his refusal to consider it. Meanwhile, his oldest daughter's fiance has postponed their wedding, again. And, the Bee Man, Roman Troyer has shown up for summer pollination duties and found things at the Lapp farm in disarray. The family has a number of "characters" as members who are pretty eccentric. All in all, highly recommended. This is a wonderful read!
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An enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not putthis one down! Excellent writing!
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225pg story. 1st in a series. Publisher choice of proofreader and gramarical checks makes this a pleasure to read. Research by author into sensitive subject of organ donation and religiuos beliefs surrounding such was presented well. Good and bad qualities, and imperfect physical attributes combine to make characters appear real. I enjoyed this book, and have bought the next in the series to read starting today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely could not put this story down. What a delightful page turner. My emotions were on a rollercoaster as I read this book and what a wonderful ride it was. I liked M. k. She was full of mischief. Sadie needed to find herself. Menno had no problems, he enjoyed his simple ways. Jules needed to open her eyes and stop the what ifs, maybes. Rome was running from a broken heart and loneliness. The ending was something else must read it. This is a must read book. Please read this.
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The Amish characters in this book are a lot more worldy than I am used to. Not from fiction, but real life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was clean. The characters were believable. It was funny and sad.