The Beekeeper’s Secret – Josephine Moon

Synopsis

Maria Lindsey has secrets to hide. Living on top of a secluded mountain is a good way to hide from the world… until her past begins to track her down. The surprising and intriguing new novel about the astounding secrets we keep from those we love.

‘Maria knew about guilt. It was a stubborn, pervasive and toxic emotion, and incredibly difficult to shake. Especially if really, deep down, you didn’t think you deserved to let it go.’

Maria Lindsey is content. She spends her solitary days tending her bees and creating delicious honey products to fund orphaned children. A former nun, her life at Honeybee Haven has long been shaped by her self-imposed penance for terrible past events. But the arrival of two letters heralds the shattering of Maria’s peaceful existence.

Pushing aside the misgivings of her family and friends, Tansy Butterfield, on the eve of her marriage, made a serious deal with her adored husband, Dougal. A deal she’d intended to honour. But, seven years on, Tansy is finding her current feelings difficult to ignore. And on top of those not-really-there feelings, Dougal wants to move to Canada!

My Review

I love Josephine Moon’s writing. From the moment I read the first page, I felt that I had connected with the author’s style. The story is cleverly written and has much more depth than I originally expected. It is a story of a disconnected family in which each character has a story of their own.

I loved the characters, particularly Maria, once a nun who now works at The Honey Hive which supports children in need. She has aimed to live her life for the good of others. Maria’s life was also filled with secrets, including her decsisions made when she is faced with the mistrust of men in power.

Her niece, Tansy, goes in search of her Aunt Maria and learns more than simply the family secrets, she learns about herself, the meaning of her life and what is most important.

I particularly enjoyed this story, as the characters learn the importance of family. Love, relationships, bees, crime, justice and everything in between. What a great read❤️❤️

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