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
Narration by Jenna Lamia is spectacular - I didn't want it to end. It's a touching story well written by Sue Monk Kidd. It's another one of those "can't put down" or "kept me up late listening" type of books. I would listen on the subway and could easily miss my stop as I would get so involved in anticipation of what was next.
Love Jemma Lamia as she tends to bring anything she reads to life. The book was great and I am now looking forward to seeing the movie.
This is a great listen to book. I would recommend it. The author and the narrator are excellent.
All I will say is that all of the hulla-bu-loo about this book is well-deserved. If you are on the fence about whether or not to listen to it, I recommend going ahead and doing so.
The book itself is ok. Its entertaining, but the story hasn't captured me the way other books have. The narration is fantastic, and is the best part of the listen.
I found this distasteful. The old south and the way Black women supposedly adored the "White chilluns" was rehashed in this book. Not something that interest me, a Black woman.
Today's media, be it television, music or books are released with the express intention of corrupting our morals and turning the population away from Christianity. This is one. Just too sick to continue listening to. Don't need it. Don't want it. It's awful.
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