In my Alphabet Challenge, which thankfully has no time limits or goals on it, I have read the book for the letter ‘B’. Santa Montefiore’s The Beekeeper’s Daughter was a book due at the public library which I finished up (just in time) and counted as part of the challenge. An experienced writer, Montefiore presents a story of two romances (mother’s and daughter’s ) that span the settings of England during WWII and 1973 New England.
Grace Hamblin is the beekeeper’s daughter, living in England and who experiences a love that can never be fulfilled. Trixie, her daughter falls in love with Jasper, a singer in a band “on the brink of stardom.” He is part of the British Music Invasion of the seventies. Trixie’s story and Grace’s story (the latter told in flashbacks) have more in common than either could suspect. Both are searching for “lost love.” “To find what they are longing for, they must confront the past, unravel the lies told long ago, and open their hearts to each other.”
This novel is a very good read, engaging with many twist and turns, and good old-fashioned “escapism.”