When Lily's fierce-hearted "stand-in mother", Rosaleen, insults three of the town's fiercest racists, Lily decides they should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina - a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. There, they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters who introduce Lily to a mesmerizing world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna who presides over their household.
This is a remarkable story about divine female power and the transforming power of love - a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.
©2003 Sue Monk Kidd; (P)2008 Penguin
Listening to this book brought me such joy. The choosen narrator was superb...her inflections and tone really made the book come alive. A book that made me laugh and cry and I loved every minute of it. I'm sad it's over.
Friendship, love, hope.
The Color Purple--different circumstances, but sharing the same theme about the value of compassion and friendship among women.
Can't choose from among so many fine moments. This book is rich with striking scenes.
Same problem--so many!
This is a keeper. I could listen to this narration over and over. The story is exceptional and the narrator was perfection.
I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!
What a life for a young girl to go through! Lily proves that she is smart and is a very loving, caring person. She accomplishes her travels and learns so much throughout. She is strong and determined.
Lovely book, would listen to again and I highly recommend.
This book really brought you back in time. Life was so much simpler then. I really enjoyed the everyday life part of the story.
This book really moved me emotionally.
I loved the narration. She brought the feeling of the emotions to this wonderful story.
I do not listen to any book in one sitting, I have a long commute and listen in my car.
I loved the story, but did find it a little sad.
kindness always matters
It took me into the story
When she runs away from home, and sleeping by the creek
It is a film, I have not seen it, but I will.
You will enjoy this book, give it a try.
I would sum up The Secret Life of Bees with the words: true, wise, and touching.
The most memorable moment for me was when Lily had bees swarming around her and she didn't flinch but floated mentally to another place and was able to keep calm and become "one" with the bees.
There are so many gems in this book. Each word drips with sweet truth against the backdrop of bitter racism. The book doesn't focus on "racism" beyond the matter of fact reality of living in the south during that era.
August is the most memorable character for me. Salt of the earth sweetened with a lifetime of honey.
Please read or listen to this book before you see the movie. You will be touched, moved, and uplifted by this glorious work of art.
I haven't read it in print but I can't imagine it could be better then Jenna Lamia reading it to me. I did enjoy the audio book better then the movie though.
August because I think she knew just who Lilly was and how much she needed August and her sisters right from the beginning.
I loved this book. Lilly's perspective gave you such a clear view of the time. I especially love how Lilly didn't see color like the other white people she had in her life before she found August and her sisters.
I love to read and listen! I like all types of books, but lately I have been reading teen dystopian fiction. Favorite authors are Stephen King, Lauren Oliver, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Hawthorne, and Poe. I am an English teacher and I am always looking for the next great read...
Yes, very well produced. Good quality.
Lily and August. Lily because she tranforms her life in one summer and becomes a strong woman. August because she is like a Queen bee who takes care of every one.
Great! She embodies Lily. Her accent and tone are spot on with what I heard in my head when I read the book the first time. I played it for my 11th grade class and they said the same thing.
Cry... I won't tell why.
Excellent read for a tranformation story set in the time of extreme racism. The book will make you want to eat honey so have some on hand.
This was a great story about a young girl longing to be loved by her mother. I was truly captivated by the narrator - what a great job of bringing this story to life. Each person in the story could be pictured in my mind by the excellent voice portrayals. My heart ached for young Lily but brought smiles to my face as well as tears. The innocence of childhood is a precious thing. I would hightly recommend this book. It certainly will make my top 10 favorites list!
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