Book #6 The Secret Life of Bees

Hmm… I’m still thinking about this one. Sue Monk Kidd’s story of Lily, a young girl raised in an abusive home, is thought-provoking. Lily runs away, breaking her nanny out of jail to run with her. She ends up in Tiburon, South Carolina, at the home of the calendar sisters May, June, and August. They are a beekeeping family, and their home is open to Lily and Rosaleen as long as they need to stay. There are some twists and turns along the way, but in the end Lily finds reconciliation with her deceased mother, whom she finds out abandoned her.

I thought the writing was engaging. I had a hard time putting this book down. As this book is fiction, I will not take issue with its theology, although it is entirely different than mine. I take issue with people taking their favorite elements from any religion and creating a new one that is convenient for them to believe. However, theology is not the main point of the story – reconciliation and forgiveness are.

I’m not sure I can say that I liked or didn’t like the book. I loved the redemption that took place. I loved the healing that came about. I had wanted to read it, and so I’m glad I did. But can I recommend it to someone else to read? The jury is still out.

Have you read it? What did you think?

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