Recently I read The Keeper by Suzanne Woods Fisher which looked at the Lapp family, and the problems they are facing in their Amish household. Julia Lapp’s engagement has just been broken, her father is refusing to have a life-saving surgery, and the younger children are dealing with problems at school. To top it all off, Roman Troyer is back in town. Roman Troyer has a way of getting under Julia’s skin, and this visit is no exception. He is an Amish man who seems to have no roots; he wanders from town to town with his bees that the farmers use to help in the growth of their fruits and vegetables. As Roman spends time of the farm, living in an abandoned cottage, the two begin to spend time together. As time goes on, their feelings begin to change, but they must first deal with some difficulties they are experiencing in the present and face some of the problems they had in their past.
I really enjoyed this book, and I did not guess what was going to happen at the end of the book. This was more than a book about love, rather it looked at forgiveness and the ability to move on. I really liked the relationship between the characters. The siblings always seemed to be there for each other, and they were very caring for Julia when her engagement was broken. The youngest sister, MK, also tried to raise money to help with her father’s surgery. Also, when their mother died, they worked together and each took on different parts of running the household. Although they worked hard to keep their home functioning after their father’s illness, the book shows the difficulties children experience when their parents have health problems. I cannot wait to read more books by Suzanne Woods Fisher!
Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
I received a copy of this book for review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation.