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The Keeper of the Bees go inside Kindle Gene (Geneva) Stratton-Porter and this book, The Keeper of the Bees, are both sadly overlooked. The Keeper of the Bees is a classic. It’s a beautiful story, wonderfully written, and filled with characters so real, you think you might meet one of them yourself any day now.Gene Stratton-Porter was brought up in the forests of Indiana – when Indiana had forests – before the trees were cut down for timber – and she was a lover of nature. The natural world plays such importance that is a character in all of her books, and in all of them you can find her belief that nature can heal us and teach us valuable lessons that we miss if we spend all our time in the city. This is a belief I feel very in tune with. My relatives, on both sides of my family, lived in the countryside, and I grew up spending summers in the country. I wouldn’t have traded that experience for anything.Stratton-Porter’s books are filled with everything in just the right amounts. They possess a quiet humor, but in no way are these books comedic; they contain tragedy, but the prevailing mood always remains one of optimism; they are filled with love, but in no way are they romances. They are, above all else, human, and they reflect the human condition. Maybe that’s why it’s so easy to identify with them, for everyone I know who’s taken my suggestion and read Gene Stratton-Porter, and most especially, The Keeper of the Bees, just falls in love with the book and wants more from this very special author.The Keeper of the Bees is Stratton-Porter’s last novel and is set in 1920s California, the state she adopted as her home. The story revolves around Jamie McFarlane, a man of Scottish descent, who has been sent to a California military hospital after being severely wounded in World War I. The hospital wants to send Jamie away, to a rehabilitation camp, but Jamie knows tuberculosis, not health, is running rampant at the camp, and he rebels. Though he’s weak and without family, he leaves the hospital for parts unknown. At least he can die on a tranquil beach. Or so he thinks.Some people think we draw to us what we, ourselves are. A kind of “like begets like” sort of thing. And so it is with Jamie. As luck – or destiny – would have it, he ends up at the door of the Bee Master, a man who is also trying to recover his health in the face of serious heart problems. The Bee Master needs to spend some time in the hospital, and even though Jamie’s a stranger, the Bee Master asks him to take care of his beloved hives for him while he’s gone. At least Jamie has youth on his side, something the Bee Master does not. And so Jamie begins to learn about beekeeping, and also how to care for the beautiful flowers that surround the Bee Master’s lovely seaside home. The reader, by the way, will learn more about beekeeping in this lovely book than in most manuals on the subject, but don’t let that put you off. Stratton-Porter always makes it the most fascinating subject.As Stratton-Porter describes Jamie’s initial lessons in beekeeping and gardening, readers can hear the surf as it crashes onto the sandy beach; they can smell the fresh salt air; they can see the beautiful blue flowers that grow in the Bee Master’s garden; they feel they can reach out and pluck a ripe tomato fresh from the vine; they can hear the hives humming and taste the sweet honey as soon as it’s made. Stratton-Porter’s writing is that immediate and that filled with sensory detail, something that’s very rare in books published today.Jamie doesn’t jump right into all this beauty and tranquility and heal, both physically and spiritually. At least not immediately. In fact, one stormy night finds Jamie on the beach, so distraught that he considers ending his life. Instead, he meets a mysterious woman whose life is in worse shape than his, and who will be instrumental in his own restoration to health and wholeness. (It’s not a spoiler to reveal that Jamie does return to health and wholeness; you only have to read two or three pages of this wonderful book to see how very life affirming it is.)There’s nothing about The Keeper of the Bees that isn’t just plain, old-fashioned wonderful. This is storytelling at its finest. Storytelling. This book isn’t concerned with exploring some new form of experimental literature. It isn’t concerned with taking us off to worlds that only exist in the author’s imagination. It isn’t concerned with being “coy” or “cute.” Yes, those things have their place, and with the exception of “coy” and “cute,” I, too, like most other readers, enjoy many different kinds of literature. If I had to choose one kind, however, it would be the realistic portrayals found in The Keeper of the Bees. Stratton-Porter seeks to illuminate the bonds that connect us all, that make us human, and she succeeds wonderfully. The people you meet in The Keeper of the Bees are the kind of people you’d probably like to get to know in real life. People you’d enjoy having as neighbors and friends. Jamie, himself, is a wonderful, three-dimensional character. And then there’s the Little Scout.Little Scout is a character that might be frowned on today, as we’re unsure, for most of the book, whether Little Scout is a boy or a girl. All we know is that he/she is nothing short of delightful. Little Scout bubbles over with life. He/she runs a little faster, works a little harder, and loves a little better. And, in the last part of the book, we do find out whether Little Scout is a boy or a girl, but I won’t reveal the answer to that question here. If you want to know, and if you want to know what happens to Little Scout, you have to read the book.If I have one criticism of this book, it might be that Stratton-Porter could get a little “preachy” about things she felt were morally reprehensible, but she never overdoes it, and her strong morals never interfere with the story.The Keeper of the Bees manages to be a quintessentially American story, though really, the events this story depicts could have happened just about anywhere. I guess the difference lies in the fact that they would have been told in a different way if they would have happened in a different country. Or maybe not. Maybe The Keeper of the Bees is a story that could have happened to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Maybe it’s that universal.This is a book to read and reread, to cherish, and to pass along to those we love, so they can read it, too.5/5Recommended: Absolutely. If you’re just looking for a heartwarming, wise, and wonderful story, this book can’t be beat. It’s life-affirming on every page.You can read my reviews, writing tips, etc. on . Set in the author s adopted home of California in the 1920s, this is Gene Stratton Porter s last novel, a story filled with wisdom, a love of nature, and her own abiding optimism In it a Master Bee Keeper, his bees, and the natural beauty of California restore a wounded World War I veteran to health.. Bestseller Kindle The Keeper of the Bees This is an incredibly beautiful book. The lead character, Jamie, is one of the noblest specimens of manhood that I have ever encountered in all literature. This novel is full of timeless truths and virtue fighting for existence in a world increasingly going towards the enticements of vice. As John Steinbeck once said... "virtue is venerable as nothing else in this world is." (from East of Eden).Having read and loved the Gene Stratton-Porter books that I could get my hands on since my early teen years, I was astounded at how different this book is from her other novels. Yes, there is still nature and insects :-) but there is so much more that you don't find in her earlier novels. By the way, this was the last book she wrote before she died. When the story opens, Jamie, a WWI vet, is near death-- physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Throughout the course of this tome, Jamie not only gains his own life back but he becomes a life giving source to others. I wish that all men would read this book, for through its beauty it teaches the art of manhood.
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    She was an American author, amateur naturalist, wildlife photographer, and one of the earliest women to form a movie studio and production company She wrote some of the best selling novels and well received columns in magazines of the day.Born Geneva Grace Stratton in Wabash County, Indiana, she married Charles D Porter in 1886, and they had one daughter, Jeannette.She became a wildlife photographer, specializing in the birds and moths in one of the last of the vanishing wetlands of the lower Great Lakes Basin The Limberlost and Wildflower Woods of northeastern Indiana were the laboratory and inspiration for her stories, novels, essays, photography, and movies Although there is evidence that her first book was Strike at Shane s , which was published anonymously, her first attributed novel, The Song of the Cardinal met with great commercial success Her novels Freckles and A Girl of the Limberlost are set in the wooded wetlands and swamps of the disappearing central Indiana ecosystems she loved and documented She eventually wrote over 20 books.

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  • Gene Geneva Stratton Porter and this book, The Keeper of the Bees, are both sadly overlooked The Keeper of the Bees is a classic It s a beautiful story, wonderfully written, and filled with characters so real, you think you might meet one of them yourself any day now.Gene Stratton Porter was brought up in the forests of Indiana when Indiana had forests before the trees were cut down for timber and she was a lover of nature The natural world plays such importance that is a character in all of her [...]

  • This is an incredibly beautiful book The lead character, Jamie, is one of the noblest specimens of manhood that I have ever encountered in all literature This novel is full of timeless truths and virtue fighting for existence in a world increasingly going towards the enticements of vice As John Steinbeck once said virtue is venerable as nothing else in this world is from East of Eden.Having read and loved the Gene Stratton Porter books that I could get my hands on since my early teen years, I wa [...]

  • I read this years ago on a recommendation from my mom and enjoyed it This time through I m in a completely different place in life and appreciate so much the simple messages in the book.This is the story of Jamie MacFarlane, a young Scotsman, who has served in World War I and received a shrapnel wound in his chest, a wound that will not heal After a year of unsuccessful treatment in the hospital, the doctors decide to send him to a TB camp even though he doesn t yet have tuberculosis Instead, J [...]

  • This is an older book, 1929 approximately, and in ways it shows sentimental, religious, delivered with an intrusive third person narrator but I love it for all it is It s a smart book full of insights on our humans relationship to nature and the self, community and the individual It s cool.

  • Argh.Positives the story was interesting enough barely that I kept a going to the end of the book Maybe I need to get rid of that S on the end of Positives.Negatives This story was so moralistic and preachy I almost couldn t handle it Now I like me a good moral tale, but I want the morality to come out in the characters and the events, not in lectures from the characters and narrator page after page Sigh I just hardly could even handle the hammering of the moral over and over, even though it is [...]

  • I love the old, eloquent writing I love the depth and consistency and integrity of the characters I love the romance I love the beauty and the truth in it It was my kind of book.

  • When I was reading Gene Stratton Porter s THE KEEPER OF THE BEES, one of our teens was in the midst of disheartening rebellion it was a terribly stressful time for many reasons During the time I was reading this book, we saw a swarm of bees make a nest in our backyard A dear beekeeper, a man of eighty one years, came to our home and let me help him move those bees into a hive The skill and kindness of the beekeeper took me back to those days when my dad let me help him build things and make repa [...]

  • Long winded, old fashioned, preachy nonsense Gee, maybe that s too harsh Once you strip away all the descriptions of flowers Gene Stratton Porter was totally into nature , meal plans which are a hoot , and God stuff, you re left with a sweet little story about a wounded WWI veteran finding hope again.This was recommended to me by a lady who thought it was the best book she d ever read Honestly, I d take the Bible over this any day sex, violence, gore, plot, fewer flowers, better food, and it is [...]

  • This book is extraordinary It uplifts the human soul with all that is true, pure and good in this world It was wonderful to read a story with so much Divine Viewpoint It reminds us that we are fragile and easily corruptible without the Lord and for the main character, Jamie, depending on the Lord was the greatest lesson he ever learned.

  • Love I m not going to say how many hours I spent over the weekend trying to finish If my boys grow up to be men like Jamie, I will be so proud I can t recommend it highly enough

  • This book was truly beautiful and called me to think on beautiful things love, nobility, loyalty, nature, friendship, and sacrifice At the heart of it was the drumbeat of God as creator What a simply lovely story I walk away from it with a new respect for bees, brilliant images of blue flowers, a burning desire to smell sand verbena, a longing for greater simplicity in my days, and an appreciation for the many varied gifts God has given I feel refreshed.

  • I read Gene Stratton Porter books when I was a child and now collect them I can t even give a good review on them because I have so many books to read that I have not taken the time to get her books out again I know that I loved them because they were nature romance stories, but so sweet that they are nothing like Harlequin romance, not even close I keep telling myself that they will soon be on my list, but since I just joined yet another book club that meets here in my town, making that two her [...]

  • What a beautifully written book It sparked all of these feelings in me as it called me to think on what is lovely, good, and true I ve yet to google sand verbena but I totally am going to and, I might even sketch a picture of it once I see it Starting on another of her books as soon as I finish this review.

  • This was my first Gene Stratton Porter book At first it kind of took my off guard It wasn t what I was expected It is one of the best books I love the parallel drawn between the main characters ailing body and his ailing soul When he begans to heal his body and soul he does it through simple faith and gratitude I like that his relationship is with nothing flowery, just simple and sincere I wish books could portray love of God with such peace and gentleness.

  • I thought this book was very well written Jamie is the main character He is a wounded WW1 veteran He was unsuccessfully treated at a veterans hospital One day he spontaneously decides to leave the hospital and embark on a great adventure He culminates his journey at the Bee Masters home There lies in for him many unexpected twists and turns This book is beautifully written in an old fashioned way It was written in 1929 The story is beautifully crafted and has an element of the author s love of n [...]

  • A unique story about a severely injured WWI vet, and first generation American, who returns home an orphan consequently left at the mercy of an unscrupulous government Disabled in mind, soul, and body he remembers the God of his youth calls out for help Thus begins a journey, an odyssey, that weaves through the lives of a widow, a widower, a unique child, and a patriot Laced with time tested truisms and brilliant depictions of a Pacific west garden this book is a gentle, captivating read with pl [...]

  • She was my Grandpa s favorite author He owned all of her books When he died we each got one of her books and this was mine I found it the other day in a box of treasures and realized I had never read it What a shame She reminds me of an early Jan Karon Great little story, but also written acknowledging our maker and the need to be kind, have goals and work for our dreams I intend to seek out the many others she wrote and hopefully make a trip to Indiana to visit her home.

  • I tried to give this book a fair chance I struggled over two months picking it up and setting it back down, waiting for it to speak to me I had read it described as life changing, but this book simply didn t do it for me While the descriptions were rich and the characters well developed, it simply dragged on and on as far as the plot after 200 pages I m still not hooked and had to admit that I would rather spend my limited book time reading something else.

  • An old fashioned book about Jamie, a WWI veteran who cannot recover from war wounds The story is sweet, uplifting, and gives a look at a different time in our worldme of it better and some of it worse In the story the characters have challenges to overcome and struggle to do what they think is good even when it s hard.

  • This is a tad bit moralistic and definitely a product of its time But I m willing to excuse it because it s such a good story Secret Garden esque but with some distinct social commentary that some people will chafe at but is ripe for discussion.

  • Such a sweet book It was written 92 years ago, so some of the social moires of the day seem antiquated However the character development, the plot, and the story s trajectory are still fresh and uplifting I loved it.

  • More of a 3.5 Enjoyable, sweet story about a WWI veteran wanting to die then discovering life Like some other novels I ve read of this era, it s a little preachy.

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