Yesterday I finished reading “The Secret Life Of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd. I’d picked the book up from the Waterstone’s in Manchester’s Trafford Centre a few months ago while I was shopping for books there, and I remembered hearing about it being a good read somewhere, most probably on a friend’s blog.
The book follows the story of 14-year-old Lily Owens, neglected by her father, isolated on their Georgia peach farm, and the trip she takes with her nanny Rosaleen in search of the truth about her mother, ending up in Tiburon South Carolina with three black beekeeping sisters.
The events take place in 1964, so all the racial tensions and the problems surrounding the Civil Rights Act are going on in the backdrop of the story.
It’s a great book, well written and narrated, that I truly enjoyed reading and that I went through really quickly. What got to me the most, although I guess it’s not the main objective of the book, is the passion surrounding beekeeping, and it got me wishing I could venture into beekeeping at some point in my life.
I really recommend this book, it’s light and a pleasure to read.
If you’re interested in checking it out, you can buy it here.