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
I first listened to "The Invention of Wings" which I found beautiful and captivating. Having visited Charleston several times I felt a great connection realizing I had been to many if the same places mentioned in the book. it really gave the city new life for me.
I loved the narration and wondered if, in this book, because it is read by one of the same women who narrated "Wings" , there would be enough of a "differential" to make it work.
Well it works! Brilluantly! The story is beautiful and beautifully read. And as with 'Wings" I developed a connection with the characters and was sad when it was over.
Warm. Refreshing. A great listen.
I loved the bare thoughts coming from Lily; the authentic and loving August. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptive writing. Though I don't believe in their form of worship, I loved that these women were so devoted to it, and so strong. I was pulled in and became part of this group of women, feeling their joys and sorrows and aching. The audible performance was perfect.
yes for a decent read. It drags out though...so be prepared.
The "secret" dragged out for so long it was just annoying towards the end. I found myself saying "are you freaking kidding me? why havent you guys talked this out yet?"
She did a great job playing all the characters and he voice "sounded" like what Lily would sound like if you imagined her as a real life person.
probably not. Id catch it on TV for a while. But it dragged out to much.
I am a retired teacher who listens because she is vision impaired and can no longer read. I love history, a touch of fantasy, and mystery!
We all have secret lives - but there is a universality of humanity that makes us all the same. Their is a beautiful poignancy about this book that takes me back to haunt my own childhood. The narrator does such an exquisite job that it genuinely feels as if Lily is telling her own story with the beautiful simplicity of a 14 year old girl struggling to survive in an all too common reality.
The narration and character descriptions.
It had a good mix of injustice and personal growth
I can't remember just one.
I loved August, I wish i had someone so sensible, caring and balanced in my life to help guide me through the rough patches.
I loved and would urge others to read it. I'm excited to watch the movie now.
SET REVIEWS TO BE SORTED BY 'MOST RECENT' INSTEAD OF 'MOST HELPFUL'!
Best. Narrator. Ever.
The confrontation between T Ray and Lily in the home of the calendar sisters.
A lovely, moving, and memorable book. It will stay with me.
I didn't know what to expect when I began listening to the Secret Lives of Bees. What a story unfolded! I didn't expect to be drawn in to this story in many ways. But... I was.
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