Friday, January 16, 2015

The Wedding Bees

The Wedding Bees
Sarah-Kate Lynch

The Wedding Bees: A Novel of Honey, Love, and Manners

Genre: Fiction

Summary (from Goodreads): Sugar Wallace did not believe in love at first sight, but her bees did. . . .

Every spring Sugar Wallace coaxes her sleepy honeybee queen—presently the sixth in a long line of Queen Elizabeths—out of the hive and lets her crawl around a treasured old map. Wherever the queen stops is their next destination, and this year it's New York City.

Sugar sets up her honeybees on the balcony of an East Village walk-up and then––as she's done everywhere since leaving South Carolina––she gets to know her neighbors. She is, after all, a former debutante who believes that manners make the world a better place even if they seem currently lacking in the big city.

Plus, she has a knack for helping people. There's Ruby with her scrapbook of wedding announcements; single mom Lola; reclusive chef Nate; and George, a courtly ex-doorman. They may not know what to make of her bees and her politeness, but they can't deny the magic in her honey.

And then there's Theo, a delightfully kind Scotsman who crosses Sugar's path as soon as she gets into town and is quickly besotted. But love is not on the menu for Sugar. She likes the strong independent woman she's become since leaving the South and there's nothing a charmer like Theo can do to change her mind . . . only her bees can do that.

The Wedding Bees is a novel about finding sweetness where you least expect it and learning to love your way home.

Review:  This was such a sweet book; it was fun to read and left me with a happy feeling at the end.  Lynch has created a building full of quirky characters that Sugar tries to help with her honey and her good old-fashioned manners.  There's enough depth to keep the book interesting, and a lot of beautifully written descriptions that make you feel like you've journeyed to New York or Charleston.  This would be a perfect beach read, but was also perfect for snuggling on the couch on a winter's weekend.

Rating: 4 stars

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