Title: The Beekeeper’s Secret
Author: Josephine Moon
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publication date: 2016
Genre: Adult Fiction
Reviewer: Hayley Martell
I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, however the cover of this book had drawn me in long before I read it.
As a native bee hobbyist and bee lover I had to read this book.
Set on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, The Beekeeper’s Secret follows the story of Maria Lindsey, ex-nun and beekeeper at Honeybee Haven, and her estranged niece, Tansy Butterfield.
For years Maria has lived in solitude tending to the bees and the cottages at Honeybee Haven, making honey and raising funds for a Cambodian orphanage; until one day a letter from her long lost niece arrives, asking why she has no contact with the rest of the family.
After discovering they live within an hour of each other, suddenly secret meetings between aunt and niece are taking place regularly, and a beautiful friendship blossoms.
At the same time Maria receives a threatening letter and all of a sudden her life is sent into turmoil with deep buried secrets from the past about to emerge at any given moment.
This book covers some very sensitive topics that are very current, and which the author writes about respectfully and carefully.
I adored this novel of family, friendship, and forgiveness.
I definitely recommend this book.
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