Because of events from her childhood, Rose Christner has always been the shyest of the three Christner sisters - preferring to take care of her beehives, paint, and bake rather than deal with people. She would be perfectly happy to spend her life this way but her happiness is disturbed by someone who keeps vandalizing the Christner's property and the vandals seem to be specifically targeting her. Josiah Yoder is more than willing to protect Rose for the rest of his life (if he could be so lucky) but is Rose ready to let him into her heart?
“Like a Bee to Honey” is the enjoyable third book in Jennifer Beckstrand’s Honeybee Sisters Amish romance series. While I really liked the first two books in the series ("Sweet as Honey" and “A Bee in Her Bonnet”), “Like a Bee to Honey” turned out to be my favorite book in the series. At first I wasn't sure I liked Rose - she was a bit too timid (or so I thought) but Beckstrand does an excellent job of developing Rose’s character in this book. Beckstrand slowly reveals past events in Rose’s life that makes Rose a complex character who is much stronger than she realizes. Her story is poignant and moving. I also love Josiah's character - he loves Rose and wants to protect her but slowly comes to realize that he doesn't always know what is best for her. Their romance is well done and I just love what Beckstrand does with the two towards the end of the book (go Rose!). As there is in the other books in the series, there is a great deal of humor in this book - not only with Aunt Bitsy (who I think deserves a romance of her own) but Josiah’s repeated attempts to repair things in the house (I am chuckling just thinking about it). All of this adds up to a very enjoyable book to read.
“Like a Bee to Honey” is an enjoyable Amish romance.