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The Beekeeper's Ball (The Bella Vista Chronicles) Hardcover – June 24, 2014
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"This is classic Wiggs, with its emphasis on the strength of family and friends, and a landscape integral to the plot." –Publishers Weekly
"Wiggs, who is known for her insightful, emotion-filled women's fiction, has again written a tale with universal appeal. The background story of the Danish resistance as well as recipes from that part of the world are a nice touch, and add depth and atmosphere." –Booklist
"This brilliant and epic family drama...fills the senses...courtesy of Wiggs's amazing narrative and supreme skill as a writer." –RT Book Reviews, Top Pick!
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While attempting to transfer a swarm of bees to a new hive, Isabel unexpectedly meets famous war-torn biographer Cormac O'Neill in a misunderstanding that comically culminates in an emergency room visit. He has arrived to write his next piece about Magnus and his experience with the Danish resistance in World War II. Although she is initially displeased with his unintended sabotage of her beehive and his crude manner, Isabel finds herself drawn to his carefree ways, extensive world travels, and devastatingly handsome looks. Things get more complicated when Calvin Sharp moves into town with a new restaurant and her new beekeeper Jamie Westfall is not quite what Isabel imagined.
With the help of Cormac's knack for uncovering truths, Isabel learns more about her grandfather's tragic past, including how he lost his parents and grandfather during the Nazi occupation of Denmark and how he came to meet her now deceased grandmother and another dear friend Annelise Winther. In the present day, the relentless Cormac and the resilient Jamie help Isabel to confront some painful secrets of her own.Read more ›
For those that read the first book in the series, the main character in this book, Isabel, was just freaking annoying. She dithered around the edges of things for the entire book, right up to the Epilogue. Tess was reduced to appearances as an occasional bridezilla, and Dominic and his kids were basically nowhere to be found. Mac, however, I adored. He was new to the series, and I probably wouldn't have finished the book if his character hadn't been so compelling. Finally, the ending was bizzare. Just seemed like an awkward way for the author to imply that there might be another book in the series. Which, unless it costs much less than the almost $12 this one did, I will not be reading.
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I'm still in the middle of the book and I bought it like a month ago, I loved the first book but this book is just having problems keeping my attention, probably won't finish it.Published 17 hours ago by Amberr Maynard
Enjoyed this book very much. Likeable characters (always a plus), interesting story line. Hated reaching the end.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer