Title: The Secret Life of Bees
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Beestells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. 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.
This book was remarkable. I’ll admit I would have never read it, if I didn’t win it in a contest, which was hosted by the fabulous Keri Miluski.
First let me start off by saying I love Sue Monk Kidd’s writing. She uses vivid imagery and it so beautiful. Here’s a little excerpt from the book:
“That night I lay in bed and thought about dying and going to be with my mother in paradise. I would meet her saying, "Mother, forgive. Please forgive," and she would kiss my skin till it grew chapped and tell me I was not to blame. She would tell me this for the first ten thousand years.”
See what I mean. Loved it and one of the reasons why it is easily, hands down one of the most beautifully written books, I ever read.
The book featured strong female leads, which I greatly appreciate. Lily was likable because she was defiant and was firm about what she believed in. However, Lily wasn’t the only strong females in the book, there was Rosaleen and the Boatwright sisters who were wise and were surrogate mothers to Lily, teaching her things her mother wasn’t able to.
The Secret Life of Bees, is a great novel showing the true essence of the civil rights movement in the 1960's and a coming of age novel all wrapped in one. A must read, for everyone.