#1: The Beekeeper's Son
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Deborah longs to go home to the lush, green countryside of Tennessee, but she wants her mother, a widow with six children, to be happy again. Even if that means accepting Stephen as her future stepfather. She can't believe God created such an ugly place filled with strange animals, twisted, stunted trees, and not a drop of rain for months.
Then she meets the beekeeper's son. Phineas King's face is disfigured by scars from an accident that killed his mother and destroyed his trust in God. Through their encounters both begin to realize the beauty in all of God's creation. Deborah walks through the strange land of figs, Mexican squash, and wild cucumbers to see Phineas, who finds solace in his work keeping the bee hives and harvesting honey for his father. Both are rarely alone, but always lonely. Deborah begins to see Bee County through Phineas's eyes and Phineas learns to see himself through hers.
Sometimes it takes a barren landscape to see the beauty of Gods creation.
Phineas King knows better than to expect anything but shock and pity wherever he shows his face. Horribly scarred from the tragic accident that claimed his mothers life, he chooses to keep his distance from everyone, focusing his time and energy on the bees his family raises. If no one sees him, no one can judge him. So why does he start finding excuses to seek out Deborah Lantz, the beautiful new arrival in town?
Deborah cant get out of Bee County, Texas, soon enough. Once her mother and younger siblings are settled, she is on the first bus out of this dusty town. She is only waiting on the letter from Aaron, asking her to return to lush Tennessee to be his fraa. But that letter never comes. As she spends time getting to know Phineashoping to uncover the man beneath the scarsshe begins to realize that she no longer minds that Aaron hasnt sent for her.
As both Deborah and Phineas try to come to terms with lives that havent turned out the way they imagined, they discover that perhaps Gotts plans for them are more extraordinary than they could have dreamed. But they need to let go of their own past sorrows and disappointments to find the joy and beauty that lies just ahead for them both.
Kelly Irvin is the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series. She has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine. The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter, mostly in Texas-Mexico border towns. She has worked in public relations for the City of San Antonio for twenty years. Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-five years. They have two young adult children, two cats, and a tank full of fish. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors. Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin Facebook: Kelly.Irvin.Author
Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5refreshing Amish fictionNovember 18, 2014Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Texas is a long way from Tennessee and it is quite a different climate and terrain. Abigail and her family moved here for her to remarry after their daed's death to Abigail's first love. Her oldest daughter, Deborah, is not pleased as she left her boyfriend behind in Tennessee. But along comes Phineas who was badly scarred in a car accident that took his mother's life. He blames himself and he is sure that no girl will ever be able to look past his scars to love him. Deborah argues with Phineas often and they have heated discussions but she is eager to learn about keeping bees and bird watching from him. And Stephen, the man her mom may marry, is awfully bossy and rough on the children. Can they all look past these things and survive? Deborah reminds Phineas that the Amish do not worry about what is on the outside of a person, but can he believe that?
I found this to be a refreshingly different Amish fiction book. I lived in Texas myself for three years while my husband attended seminary so I do recall some of the feelings expressed. I missed the change of seasons. I longed for the change of colors in the fall and I really missed snow! We had air-conditioning to combat the heat but the Amish in the story do not have that luxury nor do they desire it. Many people say that they only look on the inner beauty of a person but we all know that in our world that is not often true. Can Deborah convince Phineas that she really does care for him? And what will Abigail do about her relationship with Stephen? Can she overlook his attitude and marry for convenience? Can she learn to love this man or will history repeat itself and she will marry another man again?
I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers. Kelly Irvin has written a real page-turner.
I received a free pdf copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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