Thursday, January 5, 2012

Blog Tour: The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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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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!

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?

About Suzanne:
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 the Blind. 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:

You can buy the book here.

My review:

This was a lovely story full of romance and special relationships that is very different from a lot of the Amish novels that are being written now.

What I love the most about this author is her sense of characterization. All of her characters are so well-written, with layers upon layers of personality, that it is hard to believe they don’t really exist. Julia, for example, is a fully fledged person, with her positive and negative sides in constant battle, which makes her a fascinating person to follow through her life. The rest of the characters are just as well done, with M.K. being one of my favorites.

The story itself is simple enough, but the details, the mood is so welcoming that it is difficult to put the book down once the reader starts. The writing is clear, with occasional poetic flourishes that are always light and interesting and never slow the plot down. I do wish there had been a little more explanation on beekeeping to make the story even more unique, but that’s a personal thought and won’t really affect anyone else’s chance of enjoying the book.

This is definitely a fun, quick read. I can easily recommend it.


Lane Hill House said...

I would like to read The Keeper. Thank you for the interview. I really like your blog photo background, how you have them leaning in!

Suzanne said...

Hi Valentina! Thanks for your review of "The Keeper" and for being a part of the blog tour. I just handed in M.K.'s story (Sadie's is next, then M.K.'s). I think you'll enjoy seeing what those two sisters are up to! Warmly, Suzanne
P.S. I know what you mean about beekeeping...there's a fine line of interesting a reader, but without making it a textbook.

Gena Robertson said...

Thank you for the great review! It just reinforces my determination to get this book =)

I'm happy to find an author that writes clean romance. How refreshing!

Gena Robertson

Diane said...

I reviewed this book too and really enjoyed it also! Hugs and have a great weekend!!! :O)