Queen Bee

Queen Bee

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A Sullivan's Island beekeeper navigates her demanding hypochondriac mother and flamboyant rival sister while immersing herself in the lives of two young neighbor boys and their widowed father.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2019
ISBN: 9780062861214
0062861212
Branch Call Number: F FRANK
Characteristics: xii, 414 pages ; 24 cm.

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soobivious
Sep 20, 2020

Misty recommended. Very enjoyable

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delphimo
Jun 24, 2020

I am incredibly lucky to have received a free copy of Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank. This lovely story alternates between two sisters: Holly and Leslie. Their mother is Katherine, the ultimate Queen Bee. Holly leads a dull life tending her bees and catering to her mother with her only joy watching the two young boys of her widowed neighbor. I love Holly and her blind acceptance of her servant existence to her mother and her sister and her neighbor, Archie. Where is her determination to find her own pleasure, but instead she divulges her secrets to the bees? Leslie has her own problems in that her husband has decided to be a performing female impersonator and where does she fit in this equation. Of course, the iced tea cools all the heat and steam of these family dilemnas. The relationships and petty arguments flood each chapter. And I love the facts concerning honeybees presented at the beginning of each chapter. What a lovely way to end a writing career with a heart-warming story that love abounds.

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TLCMom582
Sep 26, 2019

I listened to the audio version of this book. Just let me say to start off, that I am amazed at all the negative comments on this book on Goodreads. This is my first by Dorothea Benton Frank and therefore I had no expectations. Maybe that's the difference.
I thought this book was wonderful! It was informative, entertaining and laugh out loud hilarious! The blurb for the book on Goodreads doesn't give you any of that. I also don't read blurbs before I read the book if it has been recommended to me. Again, maybe that's why I liked it so much. The blurb for it on Audible will give you a better idea of what is going on in this book. It was packed full of wacky characters (enter the drag queens) and also brimming with humanity. The ending was justified and surprising all at the same time. I loved this book! The narration by Shannon McManus was superb!
It's my understanding that the author recently passed away. This was one heck of a book to go out on!

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maipenrai
Jul 09, 2019

I have read the books of Dorothea Benton Frank for years. They are not my usual cup of tea, but are always heartwarming and humorous. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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MB_kcls
Jul 04, 2019

Every "Bee" book I have ever read has left me smiling and wanting to keep bees. Never has it been more true than with 'Queen Bee'. As with the too few other Dorothea Benton Frank books I've read, 'Queen Bee' started a little slow for me, but woo boy, did it take off like fireworks in every direction imaginable . . . and some less so!

'Queen Bee' is funny, thought provoking, heart-rendering with some angst thrown in and just plain filled with spirit that is undaunted. Finishing at 2am, I went to sleep with a smile. It just can't get better than that.

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