There were four reasons I decided to read The Keeper, the first in
Suzanne Woods Fisher’s Stoney Ridge Seasons series.
1.) I was invited to take part in a Litfuse Blog Tour for the second book in
this series (The Haven, which I just got in the mail this week).
2.) I got this book for free for Kindle back in May... and it was just
sitting there waiting for me.
3.) I have NEVER once read an Amish novel in my life. I thought I should try
the genre out.
4.) I’ve decided that it’s probably a good idea to read the authors who are
also represented by my literary agent, Joyce Hart.
This was my first go at this, and since I am a rather picky reader, I went
And what I found out right away was that I adore Suzanne Woods Fisher’s
writing voice! I think she could have been writing about drag-racing farm
equipment through muddy fields and I would have wanted to keep reading. I LOVED
the characters, their farm, the name of their farm, their dynamic family
relationships, their community... EVERYTHING. I started reading this book on
Tuesday night... and I didn’t want to stop.
But I had to. I’d told my mother I would go with her to a nearby Amish town
on Independence Day. I’ve been there before. It’s an Amish community
that’s only about an hour from where I was born and raised. I don’t even know
how many times I’ve been there in my life... but not once before this last
Wednesday did I feel like I had an inkling of where they were coming from. I thought
about them constantly, wanted to study them (I’m a people-watcher anyway), and
most of all, I wanted to get my kindle out and keep reading The Keeper.
When I got home that evening I finally had my chance. I sat on my bed for the
whole rest of the night until I was finished.
There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this book. And I’m not able to say
that very often. Suzanne Woods Fisher made me love every word and how she placed them
together. It wasn’t just a story—although the story from start to finish was
perfection—it was the way she put the story together that had me hooked. She
uses her words so wisely! There were so many times she amazed me by the depth
and meaning she was trying to portray to the reader—I’m sorry I can’t even
remember a single one! I really should have taken better notes... but I was so
enthralled! I just had to keep reading!
The title, The Keeper, is a great example... in that the hero in the story is a young drifter of an Amish man who hasn’t kept anything in the last six years... except for the bees he keeps... although no one ever calls him a bee-keeper, but rather, The Bee Man. And he, of all of the people in the story is the last person who would want to be called, or anyone else would even dare call a keeper in reference to falling in love and getting married.
Poetical is a perfect word to describe
Celebration is in order!... for I’ve found another one of those “go-to”
authors who I know will not disappoint. And she has so many other books for me
to find and read! I have The Choice and The Haven setting right here beside me
waiting for the next chance I’m free! Can you tell how excited I am?
Sometimes I go weeks before finding a book that I actually ENJOY reading!
I give Suzanne Woods Fisher’s The Keeper 5 stars.