“One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care.” Tolstoy. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we took that tiny bit of advice? The hive has many lessons to teach us. This was only one of them. ~ Holly from Queen Bee
I love fiction books, but I also love it when they are sprinkled with wisdom and color and philosophy and thought provoking pondering and this book was filled all of that. I first met, (figuratively) Dorthea Benton Frank at a very difficult and dark time in my life and she had no idea that Sullivan’s Island was real world therapy for me. I had just gotten divorced from my starter husband and not by my choosing. I was navigating the pain and the confusion and all that goes with an unwanted divorce. Keep in mind I did not know then the blessings God has for me and they were BIG!!!!
So back to the book at hand. I fell in love long ago with Sullivan’s Island the book and the place and all the colors and personalities and waterways of the Carolina Low country. I was not surprised at the wonder of this book. The characters are hilarious and I found myself so very sad when the book came to an end and it made me wish that there was a sequel.
“Bees have to move very fast to stand still! They flap their little wings two hundred and thirty times a second to hover.”
I adored how the bee keeping protagonist added fun facts about bees and how they bless our planet. I felt like I was having a great time while learning and exploring some hard to think about subjects. I too was at a place in my life, at one time, remember starter husband. I had to learn how to love me and respect me and require that of others. I had to learn how to allow people to be exactly who they are supposed to be without any manipulation or prompting by me.
I give this book as many stars that could fit on a page. because I did all the things you do when holding a good book. I cried some, I laughed a lot, I thought so much and I fell in love with the characters and I did not want to leave them. I can not wait for you to read it too so we can talk about it!!!!
Happy joyful and hopeful reading to you!!!! Lose yourself and thus find yourself in a good book. ~karen