The Wedding Bees by Sarah Kate Lynch is a witty romance that is a pure joy to read. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and relax in a most comfortable spot to read this book anytime of the year.
“Sugar Wallace did not believe in love at first sight, but her bees did. . . .
Every spring Sugar Wallace coaxes her sleepy honeybee queen—presently the sixth in a long line of Queen Elizabeths—out of the hive and lets her crawl around a treasured old map. Wherever the queen stops is their next destination, and this year it's New York City.
Sugar sets up her honeybees on the balcony of an East Village walk-up and then––as she's done everywhere since leaving South Carolina––she gets to know her neighbors. She is, after all, a former debutante who believes that manners make the world a better place even if they seem currently lacking in the big city.
Plus, she has a knack for helping people. There's Ruby with her scrapbook of wedding announcements; single mom Lola; reclusive chef Nate; and George, a courtly ex-doorman. They may not know what to make of her bees and her politeness, but they can't deny the magic in her honey.
And then there's Theo, a delightfully kind Scotsman who crosses Sugar's path as soon as she gets into town and is quickly besotted. But love is not on the menu for Sugar. She likes the strong independent woman she's become since leaving the South and there's nothing a charmer like Theo can do to change her mind . . . only her bees can do that.
The Wedding Bees is a novel about finding sweetness where you least expect it and learning to love your way home.” – The Wedding Bees
The Wedding Bees is above all else, an enjoyable book to read. It is the type of book that is excellent to read to just forget about the nonsense of your everyday worries. Sometimes all you need is a good book, and this is one of those that is just a fun read.
The author does a marvelous job of creating the characters, the setting, and the vibe of the story. The bees are of course a character unto themselves, which only a very talented writer could capture. When you pick up this book, you will be transported into the story, and get lost, if only for a bit inside of it, living right along with the characters.
This book is charming and uplifting, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys getting lost in a good book.
* Thank you to the publisher of The Wedding Bees, William Morrow, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.