Book Review: The Secret Life of Bees

I picked up a copy of Sue Monk’s  Secret Life of Bees from my local library and have pretty much enjoyed the book. It was turned into a movie which starred Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Dakota Fanning, and Alicia Keys. But, let’s focus on the plot of the book because I haven’t seen the movie yet 🙂

I thought the book was well-written and really engaging. I was immersed into a world of the 1960s in rural South Carolina, amidst racial and civil uprisings, where a young white girl (Lily aka D. Fanning) runs away from her father, along with her nanny Rosaleen (J. Hudson),  on a mission to find out more information about her mother who passed away when she was just a toddler. She is drawn to a honey bee farm in Tiburon, SC where she meets three sisters August (Q. Latifah), May and June (A. Keys) and quickly falls in love with them and their life and is more magnetically drawn to the fact that she believes they hold the secret to who her mother was and why she left her father all those years earlier.

It’s an interesting tale that shows familial conflict, family secrets, and unconditional love, all while tackling some difficult topics and situations such as race, murder, and domestic violence. It was sometimes sad, but pulled you into the inner workings of the relationship that Lily was building with the three Boatwright sisters, as well as provided a backdrop for what life was like during that time. I thought it was overall a really good story and I’m actually wanting to watch the movie now!


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