Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank ~ My Thoughts #QueenBee #NetGalley


Queen Bee

Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank
Series: Lowcountry Tales #12
Print and ebook, 432 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by William Morrow

New York Times-bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank returns to the American South in this latest novel about friendship and love that is full of heart, humor, and rich description.

A woman wounded by her past comes to Sullivan's Island, South Carolina to find new meaning in life and to find herself. As she takes up a new hobby of beekeeping, she begins to come into her own and rebuild her life. When a new friend comes in and she finally allows for something more than just "friendship", everyone will realize that life could use a little taste of sweetness.

In what is sure to be another classic, Dorothea Benton Frank weaves a fun tale of self-discovery, love, and friendship with her signature charming wit, indelible poignancy, and hallmark themes.


My thoughts about Queen Bee ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"Of all the stories I've ever told you, this is the one that you're going to remember. This is the one."

I have loved Ms. Frank's Lowcountry series and was so excited to read her newest one. Her stories are always filled with wonderful, fun, and interesting characters. And always full of that great southern charm that she does so well. 

Queen Bee is a heartfelt—while at the same time—hilarious look at the dynamics of a family full of strong women. Strong women who find themselves being taken advantage of and having their worlds turned upside down. If Momma, Holly, and Leslie can iron out their differences and come together, there will be no stopping these women! 

And as an added bonus we, the readers, get to learn so much about bees in this book. Holly's bees become characters in their own right in the book as well. Characters that one should not take lightly because they are as loyal as the other family members. Do not mess with the bees!  

I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining, beautiful story that deals with love, acceptance, and strength. Queen Bee is the perfect summer read that should be savored by all. 

I received an ARC of Queen Bee via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion of the book. 


About the author

Dorothea Benton Frank is the New York Times best selling author of ten novels.

Dottie has appeared on NBC's Today Show, Parker Ladd's Book Talk and many local network affiliated television stations. She is a frequent speaker on creative writing and the creative process for students of all ages and in private venues as the National Arts Club, the Junior League of New York, Friends of the Library organizations and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She has also been a guest speaker at the South Carolina Book Festival, Novello, North Carolina's festival of books and the Book and Author annual event in Charleston, SC, sponsored by the Post & Courier.

Before she began her writing career, Dottie was involved extensively in the arts and education, and in raising awareness and funding for various non profits in New Jersey and New York.

Dottie, who was born and raised on Sullivan's Island in South Carolina, currently divides her time between South Carolina and New Jersey. ~ Goodreads

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