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The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars KPMS Loves The Secret Life of Bees!, November 8, 2009
Review by Caroline Tomsik

"There is nothing perfect," August said from the doorway. "There is only life (Sue Monk Kidd, 256)." This quote teaches an important lesson in The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. It is one of the most powerful books today; it tells a story of mothers, daughters, and the undeniable power of love. Set in 1964 in South Carolina, Lily Owens is still haunted by the day her mother was killed. Dealing with this loss and with a harsh and abusive father, Lily's life is growing hard to bear. Then Rosaleen, Lily's outspoken nanny, is thrown into jail after standing up to three of the most extreme racists in town. Lily sees her chance to escape her father and to help her "stand-in mother." The two run away to Tiburon, South Carolina, where Lily will discover her mother's secret past.

Lily and Rosaleen are soon taken in by May, June, and August, three African-American, beekeeping sisters. Lily will soon be welcomed into the world of bees and honey, where she is introduced to the Black Madonna. Not only will Lily discover the meaning of true family, she will find herself along the way.

The Secret Life of Bees is suited for mature readers looking for a classic story of love and family. This book is well-deserving of a nine out of ten rating. 302 pages of captivating historical fiction, this book will have you relishing every page.

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