Monday, September 5, 2016

Like a Bee to Honey

I hope all of you are having an enjoyable Labor Day!  A good time to get out the grill and relax with family and friends.  I recently discovered a cute series that I want to mention.  Tales from Goose Creek B&B by Virginia Smith is the series.  I read one book and then picked up the others that are currently available.  I will be reviewing The Room with the Second Best View here on my blog soon (the third book in series).  I highly recommend this entertaining series.  It has a small town, a soon to be retired couple who are opening a bed and breakfast, gossip, busy bodies, and an unwanted aunt.

Like a Bee to Honey by Jennifer Beckstrand is the third and final book in The Honeybee Sisters series.  Rose Christner is twenty years old and extremely shy.  Rose has always relied on her sisters to take care of her and protect her.  Her sisters, Lily and Poppy are now engaged and will not be around much longer.  There is something from her past that is holding Rose back.  Why is Rose so scared of life and what is holding her back?   Josiah Yoder has been in love with Rose for years.  Josiah wishes to court Rose, but he knows that he cannot rush with her.  So Josiah is taking the slow and steady approach at gaining her trust.  The mischief maker is escalating, and they can no longer keep it from Rose.  Especially when it seems that the troublemaker is targeting her.  Rose is afraid (always fearful), but she has to learn to stand up for herself.  Rose needs to confront what is holding her back so she can have a future.    Will Rose be able to confront her fears?  You will have to read Like a Bee to Honey to find out!

Like a Bee to Honey picks up where A Bee in Her Bonnet ended.  Like aBee to Honey is really not a stand-alone book.  You need to read the other novels in the series in order to understand everything that is happening (especially with the trouble maker).  I have to admit that Rose got on my nerves.  I can understand about being shy (I have always been very shy especially when I was younger), but Rose took it to a new level (and she cried quite a bit).  Like a Bee to Honey is well-written and engaging.  I wanted to see how the book would end.  Aunt Bitsy is my favorite character.  She is a unique individual (I liked how she expressed her individualism with the temporary tattoos and hair color).  There is light humor in the book that I enjoyed and the novel has a good message (forgiveness is the main lesson).  I liked seeing how the characters changed over the course of the series (well, there is on character that refuses to change—I bet you can guess which one).  I was glad that we finally get answers about the troublemaker.  The ending was just wonderful and it made me smile.  I give Like a Bee to Honey 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it).  I look forward to reading the next book by Jennifer Beckstrand.  

The first two books in The Honeybee Sisters trilogy are Sweet as Honey and A Bee in Her Bonnet.  You should check out her The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series. I received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest evaluation.  The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own. 

I am off to cook dinner and then up my feet (literally since they are currently twice their normal size). May all of you have a good evening.  I will be finishing Cancelled by Murder by Jean Flowers. Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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