The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
This story begins on a peach farm in the American South back in 1964. Lily is a 14 year old girl who was left living with her abusive father after her mother died when Lily was merely 4 years old under circumstances that she feels responsible for. Lily has only a small box with some personal items belonging to her mother, one item is a photo with a single word written on the back, Tiburon. Desperate to escape her father’s wrath and determined to find out more about her mother, Lily runs away from home with Rosaleen, their sassy housekeeper and heads to Tiburon, South Carolina.

The two find their way to the Boatwright sisters who run a bee keeping business. August Boatwright takes Lily under her wing and teaches her many things: how to care for bees, make honey products; she also teaches her about life, what it’s like to be part of a loving family and most importantly, forgiveness.

Pros: This book is an easy read. It was beautifully written and heartwarming. I love books that tie up all the loose ends and leave you with a satisfying ending. I felt this book did just that.

Cons: Some parts were a bit slow for me and I found myself wanting to rush to the ending to find out the mystery of her mother. Why was she in Tiburon? What really happened to her?

Recommendations: This book is a great read for mothers (who will most likely pass it down to their daughters to enjoy as well), anyone who likes heartwarming coming of age stories, men, women, young or old.