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January 23, 2015




Sometimes it takes a barren landscape to
see the beauty of God's creation.

The Amish of Bee County
Kelly Irvin

(from Book Look Bloggers)
A strange, mystical place allows Deborah and Phineas to see themselves and others with new eyes.
When Deborah Lantz arrives in Bee County, Texas, she expects to find a great oasis of citrus groves and olive trees. Instead, she finds a tiny Amish district struggling to make ends meet on a barren, drought-stricken land.
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.

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.

Deborah Lantz and her family are getting ready to move to Bee County, Texas.  But big changes are yet to come.  She is dreaming of greenery, lovely trees and land filled with produce.  Instead she sees a land filled with drought, one which is a dwindling struggling Amish community.  Immediately Deborah wishes to go home to Tennessee,  She has a mother who is widowed of two years along with 6 siblings.  She isn't happy about her mother soon to wed Stephen.  Then she meets Phineas King.  Phineas was a kind soul, he just had a hard time showing it since an accident when he was you which left him scarred  very badly.  He lost his mudder, his faith in God and he thinks he has lost his chance for love.  But Deborah and Phineas soon will learn that God's creation, no matter what, iis one of beauty.  Phineas has scars to look beyond and Deborah has the surroundings to see as God's beautiful creation.
The author, Ms. Kelly Irvin wrote a lovely story of people finding the right ones to spend their lives with and learn through time to love.  The characters could not be any better described or written about.  They, like anyone are struggling with life and the trials it brings us. Both Deborah and Phineas are struggling with the same issues. Outer beauty vs. inner beauty.
This Amish story is very different form most I've read.  It is a story about love and how through time the characters found the right ones to love and spend their lives with.  A beautiful love story but down to earth with everyday struggles and along with those struggles,  happiness.
I received a complimentary copy of THE BEEKEEPER'S SON from the author Kelly Irvin and Book Look Bloggers for my view of the book.

I would give this book a solid 5 STARS.


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