Queen Bee

Queen Bee

A Novel

Book - 2019
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""If I could only read one writer from now until the end of my life, it would be Dorothea Benton Frank."--Elin Hildebrand, the New York Times bestselling author of Summer of '69, The Perfect Couple, and The Identicals 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.
"Dorothea Benton Frank revisits the enchanted landscape of South Carolina's Lowcountry and New York Times bestseller Sullivans Island in her latest novel which follows a young woman as she recovers from the pain of her past and makes a change for the future"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062861214
Characteristics: xii, 414 pages ; 24 cm

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TLCMom582
Sep 26, 2019

I listened to the audio version of this book. Just let me say to start off, that I am amazed at all the negative comments on this book on Goodreads. This is my first by Dorothea Benton Frank and therefore I had no expectations. Maybe that's the difference.
I thought this book was wonderful! It was informative, entertaining and laugh out loud hilarious! The blurb for the book on Goodreads doesn't give you any of that. I also don't read blurbs before I read the book if it has been recommended to me. Again, maybe that's why I liked it so much. The blurb for it on Audible will give you a better idea of what is going on in this book. It was packed full of wacky characters (enter the drag queens) and also brimming with humanity. The ending was justified and surprising all at the same time. I loved this book! The narration by Shannon McManus was superb!
It's my understanding that the author recently passed away. This was one heck of a book to go out on!

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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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