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Review… The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Book The Secret Life of Bees

Author Sue Monk Kidd

Length 374pgs

Publisher Headline Review (GB)

This might just be my favourite book of all time. I’m going to tell you how I came across this book. I happened to be watching TV one day, the Oprah show was on and the cast of the movie were making an appearance talking about the film adaptation. Then coincidentally the film happened to be on TV that night and I watched it, loved it and immediately thought I need to read this book. Now I hadn’t read a book in a long time, I’m talking years, and this wonderful book restarted my love for reading. That’s how special this book is to me. It’s all down to Sue Monk Kidd’s ability to tell a story.

‘It is the peculiar nature of the world to go on spinning no matter what sort of heartbreak is happening.’

The story revolves around a young girl named Lily who runs away from her abusive father, along with a black maid named Rosaleen after she gets beaten and arrested for trying to vote, they end up staying with the three black women who Lily’s dead mother had stayed with many years before.

As I said before, Sue Monk Kidd can tell a story like no other. Her writing is spectacular. She makes you feel like you’re part of the story, alongside the characters and that you’re in the time the novel is set which is the civil rights period, which Sue manages to write with such depth and compassion yet the truth and horror it deserves.

The characters will truly stay with you after you’ve finished this book. Even the house has character, a house I’d really love to visit. Sue manages to give the characters such depth and compassion, you feel like you know them. You can feel the relationship growing between and the relationships that already exist blossom. You care for these characters like they’re members of your own family. Sue creates one of my favourite characters of all time called August, who to be honest I’d love to meet. This is all testament to Sue Monk Kidds writing.

I’m not going to give away any spoilers but in this book there is the most heartbreaking twist, that I didn’t see coming but that also makes perfect sense. You’ll be thinking about it for days. You’ll feel the emotions with the characters. Again this is all just another demonstration of Sue’s genius writing and storytelling.

So, if you love good books that are full of heart, compassion, great writing and character and history we can never hear enough about, then I suggest you pick up this wonderful book. Comment and let me know guys if you love this book (or don’t).

Until the next review

JTH

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