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.


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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