The Beekeeper's Ball

The Beekeeper's Ball

Book - 2014
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#1 New York Times bestselling 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.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : MIRA, c2014
ISBN: 9780778314486
Branch Call Number: WIG
Characteristics: 360 p. ;,25 cm

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JWW_O
Jun 09, 2015

Outstanding book - great story line and excellent descriptions of the countryside. You must read The Apple Orchard first.

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lilypad_1
May 10, 2015

Interesting historical information on Danish world war 2 resistance. Also, would love a bite of each of the recipes. Good follow up to "The Apple Orchard", hope there is a 3rd to look forward to.

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jennyt939
Nov 04, 2014

Excellent sequel to the Apple Orchard. I can't wait for the next one

LaughingOne Oct 18, 2014

I loved The Apple Orchard and now I love The Beekeeper's Ball. Wiggs' stories are wonderfully satisfying, full of interesting people and stories. The Bella Vista chronicles is a series I am enjoying very much. There are at least two full stories here -- the older one of 1940s Denmark and the resistance (the youth period of some of the older characters in this book) -- and the more current story of restoring Bella Vista, new projects, new love. The romance is multi-generational, with loving couples of different ages. Wiggs writes quite well. My only disappointment is with the ending. It felt rushed, trying to tie up stories that really needed more face time in the book. Leaving some loose ends (what happened with Jamie, for example). Perhaps these loose ends are to let us know there will be another book in this chronology, but I'm still a bit dissatisfied.

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IrishMoon
Jul 17, 2014

Absolutely incredible! This is the 2nd in the Bella Vista Chronicles and just as "The Apple Orchard" it is absolutely excellent! I can't wait for the next one to be released!

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