The Beekeeper’s Son | Kelly Irvin Marathon

Today I am reviewing The Beekeeper’s Son, the first book in The Amish of Bee County series by Kelly Irvin.

Here is a brief synopsis:

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’ eyes and Phineas learns to see himself through hers.


Sometimes it takes a barren landscape to see the beauty of God’s creation. The Beekeeper’s Son by Kelly Irvin – Tweet this!



This may be my favorite series by Kelly Irvin — so far!

I was intrigued from the first page — and once I met Stephen, I knew I had to find out what would happen between him and Abigail. Then I fell in love with the King family . . . and I couldn’t put the book down until I reached the end.

I really enjoyed getting to know Deborah and her family — and Phineas and his family. Kelly writes about them beautifully… I could feel Phineas’ embarrassment when he thought Deborah had screamed at the sight of his face — but she was just as embarrassed because of her clumsiness.

But wait — there’s another couple… the reason for moving from Tennessee to Texas is so widowed mom-of-5 Abigail Lantz can marry up with Stephen Stetler.

Be warned – you won’t want to put this book down. If you pick it up, do so when you have a good opening of space to sit back and enjoy the story! I had so much fun reading this book. I began yesterday evening and I honestly didn’t put it down until I was done. I even finished the last few chapters in bed, using my iPhone flashlight.

And believe me, you are going to LOVE the story! Aside from the fact that Kelly Irvin is an amazing writer, it’s a fantastic story!

Kelly has created a wonderful community in Bee County Texas. The characters are a little surprising at times (for Amish folk)… with their whining, questioning, assertive personalities. But this is exactly what makes them real to the reader! When Deborah mentions sharing a room and having to deal with someone else’s sweat and bad breath – well, it certainly made it real to me!

Read it for yourself!

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt



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9 thoughts on “The Beekeeper’s Son | Kelly Irvin Marathon

  1. Trixi September 19, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    I’ve read a lot of great reviews and positive talk about this series! It makes me excited for the chance to win, thanks for the review Donna.

    Liked by 1 person

    • DJ Mynatt September 21, 2016 at 5:27 am

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you’re enjoying them…


  2. Marilyn R September 19, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I’ve had this book on my TBR list for a while now. I look forward to reading it soon. Thank you for sharing your thoughts Donna. It would be great to win a copy of The Beekeepsr’s Son.

    Liked by 1 person

    • DJ Mynatt September 21, 2016 at 5:28 am

      It’s great! I’ve just finished the third book… and it’s my favorite series by Kelly Irvin!


  3. Maryann September 20, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    This sounds like a great book I would love to read. This couple sounds like they are learning an important lesson that like God we should be concerned with the heart instead of the outside appearance.

    Liked by 1 person

    • DJ Mynatt September 21, 2016 at 5:28 am

      Exactly! I’m glad you enjoyed it, Maryann.


  4. Karen G. September 20, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    I have this series on my wish list. Looking forward to reading The Beekeeper’s Son. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    Liked by 1 person

    • DJ Mynatt September 21, 2016 at 5:28 am

      You’re welcome.


  5. Betty Hallett September 20, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    I would love to win

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