Susan Karsten’s latest book review: “The Beekeeper’s Son” by Kelly Irvin

Irvin’s latest continues to place her in the top ranks of those authors writing Amish fiction. No rose-colored glasses here. The story was light-hearted in a way, even while dealing with some serious issues such as grief, loneliness, community upheaval, unmet needs, and physical disfigurement.

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Irvin takes chances, too, with her story here. At least two of the male characters, one of which is one of the romantic leads, are quite grumpy/nasty. Somehow, it doesn’t spoil things and the reader doesn’t have to suspend her judgment to enjoy this fine, well-written novel. {In case you don’t recall, I am not normally an Amish fiction fan, but Kelly Irvin transcends the genre.)

Do you insist on novels’ heroes being nice, good guy types? Please comment with examples of either.

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