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The Keeper

Stony Ridge Seasons Book One

by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Jacket

Paperback
Price: £8.99
Publisher:Revell imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
Published:17 February 2012
ISBN:978-0-800-71987-6
Review:
Julia Lapp was dreaming of her marriage to handsome Paul Fisher, postponed at his request till this year, and now, here he is asking for an indefinite postponement for reasons she could not agree with, but obviously influenced by his domineering Mother and that Bee man she has come to dislike so much..
Things are hard at Julia’s family farm. With their Mother dead and their Father injured, Julia is the oldest of the siblings and much of the responsibility has fallen on her shoulders. Yes, there is Uncle Hank, but with his eccentricities he is more of a liability than an asset. With her younger sister Sadie who feeds the family with a few recipes learnt from her mother, brother Menno, childlike and in need of constant guidance and Mary Kate, known as MK, a lively young lady, still at school, full of different enthusiasms and passionately loyal to her family, Julia tries to hold the family and the farm together but knows things are not as they should be, The place is looking run down already.
Into this mix of characters comes Roman Troyer, the mystery man who travels the countryside with his bee hives, moving them from farm to farm as the different crops need the bees to pollinate them.
The Bee Man of course changes everything.
I loved this story with its mix of themes and characters and of course its happy ending.

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Reviewer: Mary Bartholomew   (24/07/12)

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