Queen Bee

Queen Bee

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A Sullivan's Island beekeeper navigates her demanding hypochondriac mother and flamboyant rival sister while immersing herself in the lives of two young neighbor boys and their widowed father.
"Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank's Carolina Lowcountry in this evocative tale that returns at long last to her beloved Sullivan's Island. Beekeeper Holly McNee Kensen quietly lives in a world of her own on Sullivan's Island, tending her hives and working at the local island library. Holly calls her mother The Queen Bee because she's a demanding hulk of a woman. Her mother, a devoted hypochondriac, might be unaware that she's quite ill but that doesn't stop her from tormenting Holly. To escape the drama, Holly's sister Leslie married and moved away, wanting little to do with island life. Holly's escape is to submerge herself in the lives of the two young boys next door and their widowed father, Archie. Her world is upended when the more flamboyant Leslie returns and both sisters, polar opposites, fixate on what's happening in their neighbor's home. Is Archie really in love with that awful ice queen of a woman? If Archie marries her, what will become of his little boys? Restless Leslie is desperate for validation after her imploded marriage, squandering her favors on any and all takers. Their mother ups her game in an uproarious and theatrical downward spiral. Scandalized Holly is talking to her honey bees a mile a minute, as though they'll give her a solution to all the chaos. Maybe they will. Queen Bee is a classic Lowcountry Tale--warm, wise and hilarious, it roars with humanity and a dropperful of whodunit added for good measure by an unseen hand. In her twentieth novel, Dorothea Benton Frank brings us back to her beloved island with an unforgettable story where the Lowcountry magic of the natural world collides with the beat of the human heart"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition.
Copyright Date: ́—́Ư2019.
ISBN: 9780062912602
Branch Call Number: LT F FRA
Characteristics: xii, 504 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
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maipenrai
Jul 09, 2019

I have read the books of Dorothea Benton Frank for years. They are not my usual cup of tea, but are always heartwarming and humorous. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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MB_kcls
Jul 04, 2019

Every "Bee" book I have ever read has left me smiling and wanting to keep bees. Never has it been more true than with 'Queen Bee'. As with the too few other Dorothea Benton Frank books I've read, 'Queen Bee' started a little slow for me, but woo boy, did it take off like fireworks in every direction imaginable . . . and some less so!

'Queen Bee' is funny, thought provoking, heart-rendering with some angst thrown in and just plain filled with spirit that is undaunted. Finishing at 2am, I went to sleep with a smile. It just can't get better than that.

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