Saturday, November 16, 2019
I just finished Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank. And by just finished, I mean five minutes ago.
I have long enjoyed her South Carolina Low Country Stories. She really gives you the flavor of the place and dives deep into the characters and their personalities. A fabulous writer.
Queen Bee is the nickname of the imperious and demanding mother that younger daughter Holly lives with and cares for. It is also for the bees that Holly cares for as a beekeeper and the glorious garden she plants for them.
It is not a romance novel, but some of the people find romance. And not the romance that you think they might find, but in another direction you hadn't seen coming from the beginning. It is not a comedy but there are quite a few laughs. It is not a character study, but there are quite a few characters in this book. There are many times that Frank writes a line that has me stop and want to call somebody and read it to them. They are that good.
I really liked this book and it has happy and hopeful ending. But I was terribly sad to get to the end. Not just the kind of sad you feel when you finish a really good book and you will miss the characters you have come to care about. But sad because I will never again get to read a new book by one of my favorite authors.
Dorothea Benton Frank passed away this year after a brief illness and we are all the worse because of it.