Title: The Wedding Bees
Author: Sarah-Kate Lynch
Genre: Adult Fiction - Contemporary/Chick-lit
Release Date: January 28th, 2014 (US) February 13th, 2014Other Books by Author: Dolci di Love, Eating With The Angels
With thanks to Harper Collins for the copy of this novel! As always, my reviews are non-bias and fair.
The Wedding Bees by Sarah-Kate Lynch, the author of the bestselling Dolci Di Love, is a delightful novel about love and loss, heartbreak and hope, and the magic of honey, in the vein of Amélie and Chocolat.
When Sugar Wallace arrives in Manhattan with nothing but a beehive, a secret past and a taste for good manners, life starts to change for the dispirited occupants of 33 Flores Street.
But as love wings its way into their hearts and homes, it flies away from Sugar herself. That is, until a doorman without a door and a certain busy queen join forces in a sting to end all stings. It looks like love might be in the air once more ... but for how long?
Sugar is running from her past, and has been for quite some time, never taking more than her cherished bees. She's nothing but enchanting and well mannered wherever she goes and never fails to have the neighbours and people of wherever she goes becoming her lifelong friends. Although, she never stays long enough. She's always moving on to the next place, guided by her prized bees. So I was enthralled as to her heart leaning toward a deeper connection to her arrival in Alphabet City, as she becomes attached to the people and possibilities the city has to offer.
I could easily see Sugar's charisma and grace acted out on the big screen, and I would be first in line. The Wedding Bees is unlike any other, alluring and riveting in every way possible. The introduction to Sugar is inviting, but toward the middle is when we delve into the storyline and back-story a little more, giving us a more open-eyed view to Sugar's past and her potential here, guided by only her bees, which gave me a feeling that she was a very hesitant person. Even at the start, her oldest friend thinks she's gone a little crazy, but when everyone gets a glimpse through her contrasting view of the world, they start to understand Sugar in all her inimitable ways.
Sugar Wallace was as sweet as honey. She was an idyllic lead heroine and I was captivated by her unique quirks and charming southern appeal. She was definitely my favourite character of the book and I rooted for her the whole way through. Her stories of South Carolina were a lovely addition and just the way of how she was, as if she was enraptured by life itself meant she was an absolute delight, overall.
There were many characters along the way that sparkled like Sugar did, alike her romance with Theo; the Scottish love interest of hers. Their meeting and connection was undeniably sweet the way Sarah-Kate Lynch weaved their paths together, I knew they were going to have chemistry. And the others along the way, like; Ruby, Nate, George...there were so many that shone throughout the story and fitted in without the pages feeling cramped with characters.
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