The Music of Bees

A huge thank you to Emily for this beautiful surprise bookmail.

Published: 27th April 2021.

Set in the gorgeous, sprawling countryside of the Pacific Northwest, Eileen Garvin’s THE MUSIC OF BEES is about finding friendship in the most unlikely of places, and the families we choose for ourselves. Heart-warming, inspirational and redemptive, it is perfect for fans of THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS and Rachel Joyce.

After the sudden death of her husband, Alice Holtzman finds herself a social outsider. Reclusive, middle-aged, childless, and with only 850,000 honeybees for company.

On the other side of town, Jake Stevenson and his enormous black mohawk had a bright future in front of them studying music, all until an accident at a high school party leaves him in a wheelchair.

So when Alice nearly crashes her pick-up truck, packed with thousands of restless honeybees, into Jake, the last thing she expects from the near-miss is to find that Jake has a gift: not only is he a natural with bees, but he can hear their buzzing as a form of music. . .

And when Harry, a twenty-four-year-old with debilitating social anxiety, also arrives at the farm looking for work, unexpected friendships begin to blossom.

As these new friends begin to heal one another, all seems right with their world – until the buzzing stops. With a pesticide company threatening the local honeybee population, and everything they have worked for, this trio must unite to defend their bees.

How on earth is this stunning masterpiece a debut novel? I have adored this book and devoured cover to cover in the space of hours.

A real positive for me has been how unique this book is. It’s completely unlike anything I’ve come across previously.

This is a novel which is intense and extremely heartfelt. The pages are filled with characters who are completely unique. However, the author has really brought them to life in the pages of this gorgeous gem.

Garvin has created a beautifully crafted novel which pulls you into the pages. The writing flows and keeps you completely hooked as a reader. You also feel the emotions of the characters which is a testament to how talented an author this is.

This is definitely one of those books that will stick with you long after reading. I have been thinking about this one a lot since finishing that last page. I am ashamed to say that this wasn’t on my radar so I’m even more thankful to Emily for this beautiful literary masterpiece.

This is without a hesitation, a five star read which I will be recommending.

I received a free review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest unedited feedback.

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