I went on a reserving binge while no books were coming in over the snow storm because I didn't have any books on my shelf from the library (although I have so many on shelf so it wasn't like I was going to be going without books). I found one whole new series in the newly ordered section and put it on my list...luckily I wasn't very far down the list. The Keeper: A Novel (Stoney Ridge Seasons) (Volume 1) by Suzanne Woods Fisher was the first in the series.
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?
This book is not very action packed like other books were but it was full of character development. Sadly, those take me longer to get into because there aren't any hooks to get you interested in the book at the beginning other than the interesting characters. Once I was in, I couldn't wait to find out next thing to happen to these great characters. Julia is dealing with her wedding being called off again but she is set that she is in love with Paul Fisher and trying to get him back. In the process, she realizes that he isn't the person that she thought he was and she learns lots more about herself in the process. It is always great to see characters growing and changing with learning lessons through normal life. I hope that you check this book out at your local library or bookstore soon. I hope that you enjoy this book and start to this series as much as I have.