This author was part of the Stratford Writer’s Festival a week or so ago. I didn’t get to go, but I decided to read all of the books that these authors have written. That way, I could showcase this wonderful and gifted author to all of you!
This is a book about bees, a species of nature that I am terrified about. Part of the reason is because I am allergic to bee sting. However, this story was so intriguing and spellbinding that I wasn’t even conscious of the fact that it had bees interwoven into the story. I probably wouldn’t watch the movie version of this book though…HELP!
Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s beautiful new novel is saturated with bee lore, rich domestic detail, wondrous imagery called from rural kitchens and gardens, and shining insights into family and friendship. At the heart of the story is life, death and resurrection of an extraordinary kind of marriage.
This story introduces a remarkable and engaging heroine whose quest for love and independence spans a lifetime. Augusta Olsen has attitude, a wicked funny bone, a generous wayward heart and the gift of second sight.
When her mother dies, Augusta is bereft and without direction until she marries her first suitor, Karl. He is he shy son of a detestable old farmer. She finds life on their remote, rustic farm almost unbearable. She never dreamed of being cooped up in such a plain place where people were rather unsophisticated.
When another man shows interest in her, she feels herself drawn towards him. Can she really figure out a life that she loves and is able to be at her best?
This is a story that will keep you captivated and glued to each page of the book until you have completed reading it.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth