So goes The Wedding Bees. It has actually given me an idea for a paper I have to write for school. I have a cousin who lives in the 'burbs of Chicago who is raising his own bees; the combination of this book and Steve's beginning phase of "suburban farmer" have peaked my interest in all things bees and honey.
Sugar Wallace is a young woman who travels around the US with her bees. Her queen bee, Elizabeth the 6th, is placed on a map and wherever she stops, that's where Sugar moves to for exactly one year. Then she pulls out the map and moves again. This time she's landed in New York City, in the Alphabet City area known for it's quirkiness. She lives in the top floor of an apartment building filled with people who are all doing what Sugar does: hiding from what they could be and should be. This group of people are wonderful and you'll fall in love with each one of them and want to live in this apartment building. And there's Theo, the Scottish lawyer who meets Sugar on her first day in New York City and immediately knows they are meant for one another. But the path to love and happiness is not easy, and Sugar struggles with her attraction to Theo and her reasons for being on the run from Charleston for 15 years. Thankfully, Theo is not one to give up.
I adored this novel. I love the South; so combine that with some interesting tidbits about bees, beekeeping, honey, and a colorful, vibrant city, and I've got a novel that made me smile.
Highly recommend this sweet novel. Yep, I said it. Sweet. Sweet as honey.
Rating: 8/10 for a great setting, colorful characters, and just enough information about bees and beekeeping to make it all interesting.
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