‘The Secret Life of bees’ by Sue Monk Kidd is probably one of the best books I have read in a while. I really enjoyed reading my Nicholas Sparks book before this, because it’s such an easy read, but I do think that they are quite predictable. I really love the sense of history and romance (shocker) that this book has and I think that it was written really well. I had begun reading it, but then life carried on and I didn’t get a chance to go back to it, so it was on my reading challenge list to make sure that I finished it and I am so happy that I did!
The plot was so in-depth and I loved that there were so many characters with their own individual stories, rather than just focusing on the one main character. This is taken from amazon.co.uk, but explains the plot a lot better than I can: Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four. She not only has her own memory of holding the gun, but her father’s account of the event. Now fourteen, she yearns for her mother, and for forgiveness. Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her father, she has only one friend: Rosaleen, a black servant whose sharp exterior hides a tender heart. South Carolina in the sixties is a place where segregation is still considered a cause worth fighting for. When racial tension explodes one summer afternoon, and Rosaleen is arrested and beaten, Lily is compelled to act. Fugitives from justice and from Lily’s harsh and unyielding father, they follow a trail left by the woman who died ten years before. Finding sanctuary in the home of three beekeeping sisters, Lily starts a journey as much about her understanding of the world, as about the mystery surrounding her mother.
The story was brilliant and I loved the twists and turns and the fact that they had so much going against them, but in the end it was where Lily and Rosaleen were supposed to be. I also really liked the ending and how it had a strong, powerful message for the reader as well as the characters in the story. I was so determined to finish this book that I read 125 pages in the garden and then took it to London with me to finish the ending on the train. It was a really good read and close to my favourite book (Water for Elephants). Give me a bit of history, with a bit of romance and I’m there! Lol!
You can buy this on amazon, or, like me, pop into your local charity shop. It’ll be a fraction of the price (mine was 50p), and it can be your good deed for the day. Now that I have finished my third book (whaaaaat?!), I am left with a bit of a dilemma of what to read next. I have got a ‘Underworld London’ book, which is very gruesome and all about Crime and Punishment from the year dot, so that could be a winner. It’s something different, and fits perfectly with my ‘Better Self Challenge’!
This book was so, so good and I would highly recommend it. It was such a good read and I haven’t been like that with a book for ages, but I honestly couldn’t put it down. Three down, six to go!
Peace and love, Polly May xx