Number-one New York Times best-selling author Susan Wiggs returns to sun-drenched Bella Vista, where the land's bounty yields a rich harvest… and family secrets that have long been buried.
Isabel Johansen, a celebrated chef who grew up in the sleepy Sonoma town of Archangel, is transforming her childhood home into a destination cooking school - a unique place for other dreamers to come and learn the culinary arts. Bella Vista's rambling mission-style hacienda, with its working apple orchards, bountiful gardens and beehives, is the idyllic venue for Isabel's project… and the perfect place for her to forget the past.
But Isabel's carefully ordered plans begin to go awry when swaggering, war-torn journalist Cormac O'Neill arrives to dig up old history. He's always been better at exposing the lives of others than showing his own closely guarded heart, but the pleasures of small-town life and the searing sensuality of Isabel's kitchen coax him into revealing a few truths of his own.
The dreamy sweetness of summer is the perfect time of year for a grand family wedding and the enchanting Beekeeper's Ball, bringing emotions to a head in a story where the past and present collide to create an unexpected new future.
From "one of the best observers of stories of the heart" (Salem Statesman-Journal), The Beekeeper's Ball is an exquisite and richly imagined novel of the secrets that keep us from finding our way, the ties binding us to family and home, and the indelible imprint love can make on the human heart.
©2014 Susan Wiggs (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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"Narration Can Ruin a Book"
Audible insisted that I put in a rating for the story so I put in one star but because I didn't finish the book, I can't really say. The narrator put me off to the point that I couldn't continue. When narrating a women's voice, Christina Traister did just fine but when she was narrating the main character's potential love interest I wanted to tear my hair out. It was done in a low monotone that made the character seem like milk toast. I wanted to shake him. I listen to so many books that it has become more and more clear to me that if the narration is not good, it doesn't matter how good the book is. It is ruined. When I finish a book and really don't remember the narrator but just the story, I think they have done their job. Occasionally, a narrator will be excellent at the opposite sex's voices or in doing accents and I will have to acknowledge a job well done.
I love historical fiction, and although this probably isn't considered that, it still weaves a story about the characters that happened during WWII. Excellent story and excellent performance!
"What a Sweet Read"
What a sweet read. I always like Susan Wiggs’ book and this one was no exception. It was a sequel to the Apple Orchard and was actually better than the first book. Susan Wiggs’ books are always good for a light, quick, enjoyable summer read. There were times, especially when recipes were given, that I wish that I had a Kindle or written book to get the recipe because they sounded wonderful. All-in-all two thumbs up.
"Interesting, but much repitition"
Maybe a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10.
This was a sequel to The Apple Orchard, but with a lot of repeated "recollections". There was much potential for more interesting story line, like detailed information regarding Isabelle's parents (instead of repeating the same stories from the grandfather that were written in the first book). I found the repetition boring.
A pleasant voice.
"Good story--lazy writing"
I have enjoyed the stories of Bella Vista, but am annoyed with the lazy writing style. The author over uses words like "Seriously?" In her dialogue. Also, the words "redolent", and "abundance" repeat between the two books over and over. I also hate the phrase "preternaturally quiet" that is used way too frequently in these types of books. No one says that. Christina Traister does a great job with the performance. The writing needs some work.
Tough one for me to get through because of the similarities in my life. Great story!!
"4 Stars from me"
Great overall story, altho for me, too much about the war time. I don't care for that, too depressing. The rest of the story is so good and so interesting, thanks Susan.
The narrator, Christina is really good, she did an excellent job. I'll look for more books with her.
I just have this on audio, don't have this book. I do have the first in the series only in book form, it is Excellent !
Love Susan Wiggs books.
"Honey, Sonoma and Italy...what's not to Love???"
LOVED this book - a bit of a surprise at the character's stories....very cleverly woven tale with threads of allure involving honey, a wedding and mystery...... Sonoma and Italy are the backdrop - and OH! the Vespa! - what a beautiful story....enjoyed every minute!
"Really enjoyed this book!"
I really enjoyed this book narrated by Christina Traister. Hoping there will be s 3rd novel so the mystery introduced at the end will be solved...
"excellent romance and multiple storylines"
The overarching storyline of Magnus and WW2 along with the family's current romantic adventures made this a very interesting tale to listen to. I look forward to the next installment!
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