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A family. A farm. A heart. All in need of repair.

Life on Windmill Farm hasn't been the same since Julia Lapp's father has had trouble with his heart. But that doesn't stop Julia from hoping for a bright future. She has planned on marrying Paul Fisher since she was a girl. Now twenty-one, she looks forward to their wedding with giddy anticipation. But when Paul tells her he wants to postpone the wedding--again--she is determined to change his mind. She knows who is to blame for Paul's sudden reluctance to wed: the Bee Man.

Roman Troyer, the Bee Man, travels through the Amish communities of Ohio and Pennsylvania with his hives full of bees, renting them out to farmers in need of pollinators. A mysterious man who relishes his nomadic life, Roman especially enjoys bringing his bees to Stoney Ridge each year. But with Julia seriously at odds with him, Windmill Farm is looking decidedly less appealing.

Can Julia secure the future she's always dreamed of? Or does God have something else in mind?

"The Keeper is a keeper. From a fabric of likable and original characters, Suzanne has crafted a moving story of faith and loyalty, a story of hope shining out of the darkest places. A captivating read."--Dale Cramer, bestselling author, Levi's Will

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Choice, The Waiting, The Search, and A Lancaster County Christmas, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, W. D. Benedict, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Benedict eventually became publisher of Christianity Today magazine. Suzanne is the host of Amish Wisdom, a weekly radio program, and a columnist for Christian Post. She lives in California.

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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Stoney Ridge Seasons (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Reprinted edition (January 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800719875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800719876
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In no particular order, Suzanne Woods Fisher is a wife, mother, writer, lifelong student of the Bible, raiser of puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind, a gardener and a cook...the latter two with sporadic results.

Suzanne has loved to write since she was a young teen. After college, she started to write for magazines and became a contributing editor for Christian Parenting Today magazine. Her family moved to Hong Kong for four years, just as the internet was developing, and she continued to write articles in a 44-story high-rise apartment, sending manuscripts 7,000 miles away with a click of a key.

After returning from Hong Kong, Suzanne decided to give her first novel a try. For four and a half months, she worked on an antediluvian computer in a cramped laundry room. She didn't even tell her husband what she was up to. When the novel was completed, she told her family at dinner one night that she had written a book. "That's why there's no food in this house!" said her slightly insensitive sons.

Undaunted...Suzanne found a small royalty publisher for that book and wrote three more (all earned multiple awards). With help from an agent, she went on to sign contracts with Revell Books for twenty plus books.

Writing, for Suzanne, is a way to express a love of God and His word. With every book or article, she hopes readers get a sense of what faith really looks like in the daily grind. She hopes they realize that life can be hard, but God is good, and never to confuse the two.

Suzanne can be found on-line at:

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I laughed, I cried - I loved it.
Suzanne did a fantastic job not only creating a story that I enjoyed, but she also created characters that I enjoyed more than in any of her other books.
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I started reading this book on Tuesday night... and I didn't want to stop.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By (Sunshine) Judy K Burgi on December 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
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!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By christianfictionaddiction on December 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
I can honestly say that "The Keeper" is my favorite contemporary Amish novel that I have read to date. The reason? The characters are simply fantastic! The members of the Lapp family are quirky, unique, lovable, and at times downright hilarious in their thinking and their actions, and Fisher has woven their lives together with expertise. One scene where slightly over-weight Sadie sends her pair of Spanx flying out the window literally left me with tears running down my cheeks in laughter. I won't say more as I don't want to give it away, but several Sadie scenes had me in stitches.

From the moment I picked up this book, I became caught up in their lives and found the book impossible to put down. The book breathes with laughter, heart-break, deep wisdom, hope. As the author gradually allowed me to peek under the characters' interesting exteriors, I discovered hearts that beat with all the dreams and insecurities we all wrestle with at times. God's love absolutely shines through this book, and I came to the last page sad to leave the world of the Windmill Farm. I highly anticipate returning to the farm in book two of the series!

I highly recommend this book, and give it 5 out of 5 stars. I laughed, I cried - I loved it. Readers who enjoy Amish fiction should go purchase this one, because they will not be disappointed!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By loving5kids on January 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is one of those books that you think you will know how the ending folds out and then it blows you out of the water.

This Amish tale is different than other ones that I have previously read.

It involves a Bee Man, who travels.
Marriages that are called off.
Illnesses that are life threatening.
All things that you wouldn't think affect the Amish culture.

It took me a while to get into the book. But, I was glad I kept reading. It had an heartfelt ending.

I would recommend this book to mature readers.

Blessings to you! You are loved!

Note: I was sent complimentary copy for review purposes only. This review has not been monetarily compensated. The review was my honest opinion and views and not influenced by the sponsor in any way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2012
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Ah, the Amish. What do most folks know about them, except they eschew electricity and bake superlative sweets? Apparently, there's a lot more to this humble group than that. I've learned much just reading The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher, the first novel in the new Stoney Ridge series about the Amish.

The Keeper centers around a single Amish family in a close-knit community. It relates the struggles and hardships they encounter, the love they harvest along with their abundant crops, and the lives they touch with their simple faith and good works. The Lapp family is filled with vibrant characters: Amos, the father who suffers from heart problems and has lost the will to get well; eldest daughter Julia, lovesick and frustrated over a stalled engagement, yet focused on keeping their family and farm afloat; gentle Menno, friend to animals; sweet Sadie, always anxious to please; and M.K. - the wild child, just as likely to do the milking and shell the peas at Windmill Farm as she would milk folks in a shell game to help raise money for her father's needed surgery. Others join the mix, a new housekeeper, "Stern" Fern, who comes in to assist the overwhelmed family, friends and neighbors of the Lapps, and the Bee Man, Roman Troyer.

Much of the story focuses on Julia Lapp and her perceived nemesis, Roman Troyer. Both have strong opinions on how their lives should flow, and each resents any interference which threatens their personal objectives. Yet they end up greatly influencing each other, as the community pulls together to support Amos Lapp's ailing health and failing farm.

You wouldn't think the term `action packed' would apply to a community still using original `horse' power.
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