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
This was one of my daughter's summer reads and it was magnificent. I chose to read it with her and couldn't stop listening! The narrator did a fantastic job!
This is a book about a young girl's search for a mother's love. Against all the odds, she finds it in an unexpected place.
As a southerner, I usually try to stay away from books where a narrator uses a faux southern accent. But because I had read Traveling with Pomagranats, I really want to see what Ms. Kidd had developed in this book. I thought the narrator did a pretty good job of sounding southern without making me cringe.
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.
Yes, already have! I really enjoyed the plot.
I can't pick just one thing!
Her accent really made it for me. Her accent put me right there with every word.
There were several points when I was really moved. I think each one was probably based in an act of real courage to go against the norm for that location and time.
I am so glad I saw the movie AFTER listening to the book. The book is just so much better at character development than the movie. Listening to the book made want to just settle back on a porch swing and watch it play out. Really enjoyed this book!
OK story line but well written.
Narrator was perfect for the character.
This book was recommended by a person whom obviously does not know me well, because this is not my kind of story I like to read/hear. Doesn't mean it was a bad book, just not my cup of tea.
Mom of three
I thought Jenna Lamia did a great job with the voices and dramatization. I also thought the story was very touching. The characters grew and changed during the story, but were dear throughout! Well -- except for T-Ray!
August. She is so wise and down-to-earth. Maybe she would rub off on me!
I love this book, the story, the characters, and the many words of wisdom woven in. Lovely! I also learned a lot about bee-keeping!
Maybe, I usually do not reread or listen to books a second time but this was such a well written and enjoyable book, I would consider rereading it. The Secret Life of Bees has so much wrapped up between the covers of this book that its hard to begin to appraise it. Sue Monk Kidd has tackled the race issues of the 50 and 60s head on in this book. But she does it in such a way that the emotions and tensions of the period are revealed harmoniously. Using a young white girl to reveal the suffering of the blacks during this period is a unique and enlighting way to get her point accross.
The most memorable moment of this book is when Lilly helps Rosaline escape from prison/hospital.
Rosaline was my favorite character.
I would listen again, yes, it is a great story that is set in the early 1960's, a sometimes scary and sad, yet simple time. Loved the sweet voice of the narrator.
Not to spoil the story, but the sister, May, touched my heart in her innocent love for others and their hardships, and how she ultimately responded to the grief and sadness.
Loved all the "Calendar Sisters". They knew the secret of "how to do life"...
This is such a lovely story, please don't miss this!!!
This novel was read beautifully by Jenna Lamia. She really captured the voice of Lily.
This story captures the culture of the 60s in the South in a beautiful, rather than tragic way. The story of her discovering who she is - no doubt a result of her past, and a child of the South, but not one to be stuck in the mire of either - is an inspiring one. We should all learn to love so readily.
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