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The Beekeeper's Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Santa Montefiore
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'Nobody does epic romace like Santa Montefiore. Everything she writes, she writes from the heart' --Jojo Moyes

A multigenerational banquet of love: falling in, falling out, rediscovering, rekindling. The Beekeeper's Daughter features sophisticated, irresistible backdrops and brilliantly drawn characters that made it one of the most engrossing reads of my year --Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Matchmaker

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England, 1932: Grace Hamblin is growing up in a rural idyll. The beekeeper's daughter, she knows her place and her future - that is until her father dies and leaves her alone. Alone, that is, except for one man who she just can't shake from her thoughts…

Massachusetts, 1973: Grace's daughter Trixie Valentine is in love with an unsuitable boy. He's wild and romantic, and in a band that might be going somewhere. But when tragedy strikes and he has to go home to England, he promises to come back to Trixie one day, if only she will wait for him.

Both mother and daughter are searching for love and happiness, unaware of the secrets that bind them. To find what they are longing for they must confront the secrets of the past, and unravel the lies told long ago…

'Nobody does epic romance like Santa Montefiore. Everything she writes, she writes from the heart' Jojo Moyes

'A multigenerational banquet of love: falling in, falling out, rediscovering, rekindling. The Beekeeper's Daughter features sophisticated, irresistible backdrops and brilliantly drawn characters that made it one of the most engrossing reads of my year' Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Matchmaker

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 495 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1471100995
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (17 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FU7V9V2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,838 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Santa Montefiore was born in England in 1970 on a beautiful farm in Hampshire. After Sherborne School for Girls she read Spanish and Italian at Exeter University. She spent much of the 90s in Buenos Aires. Her love for Argentina inspired her first four novels, but her American publisher wasn't interested in Argentina as a setting so she based her fifth novel in Italy - America came on board at that point but have not published her first four. Her novels take place in France, South Africa as well as Ireland and England and have been translated into over 25 languages and sold over 2 million copies worldwide. She has just completed her 14th title for 2014, The Beekeeper's Daughter. She lives in London with her husband, the historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, and their two children. Visit Santa's website at Follow her on twitter at santamontefiore.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing story! 19 July 2014
By Petal
If you are looking to be swept away by superb characters, beautifully described settings and a finely written romance (or two!), then this is the book for you!

In 1930's Dorset, young Grace is leading a happy life with her father, the local Beekeeper. When he dies unexpectedly, Grace has to find her place in life. Is it with her childhood friend Freddie, or Rufus, the man she loves from afar?

Moving forward to the 1970's and Grace is living in America with her husband and daughter, Trixie. Trixie, falls in love with Englishman, Jasper, a singer in an up and coming band. When a family tragedy strikes, Jasper is forced to return to his home in England with plans to call for Trixie to join him when events are settled. Will he, or will Trixie remain alone in America?

A connection between mother and daughter's lives is deftly revealed, and they each have to confront the past in order to move forward.

As usual, Santa's descriptive writing, of characters, settings and storyline draws you in from the start, and for me, this was quite the page turner! The traversing of different time spans is handled seamlessly, and I simply adored the character of Grace and the unfolding of her tale. This is certainly on my 'to read again' shelf!

*I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Booktrail to Dorset and Massachusetts 1 Aug. 2014
1930s Dorset

Young Grace is leading a happy life in a lovely country idyll where her father is the local beekeeper.

when he suddenly dies however, Grace is left to fend for herself and wonders where her future will lie.She has a choice to make between dependable Freddie or Rufus -a man of somewhat mystery.

1970s America

Grace is now married and living in America. They have a daughter Trixie who falls in love with ‘someone unsuitable’ in the eyes of her parents – Jasper is a singer in a new band – not the kind of unstable life her parents would have envisaged.

However events are soon set to change things yet again as Jasper has to return to England quickly due to a family tragedy. He says he’ll call when things get settled.

But what happens next is not what Trixie or indeed her family would have expected. For Grace understands more than most what it means to have a secret love and changing your own destiny rather than let others do it for you.

The setting

Santa Montefiore is the Queen of beautiful idyllic settings. Choosing Dorset has made me want to live there and not only that to keep bees. Up until reading this book I had always been a bit afraid of them but now I can honestly say that the whole business of keeping them and knowing what they do has been quite fascinating.

Dorset really comes alive off the page and how I felt surrounded by the tall , willowy grass and flowers moving and making a sound -

One can hear the garden breathing in and out, in and out and it’s the most intriguing sound in the world. Truly? Can you really hear the garden breathing?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Beautifully Crafted Novel 20 July 2014
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I wait a year for your books to come out, finish them in two days and then spend the next 362 days regretting my haste.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well structured.. 21 Sept. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Review: This is the second book by this author that I'd read and I have to admit that i definitely preferred secrets of the lighthouse to this title. The structure of the story is quite interesting, dropping you straight in the middle of everything and leaving you to read your way out. There is mother Grace and her daughter and each of them has their own story to tell and their own secret and it all ties up mysteriously together. Unfortunately I guessed pretty early on how the whole thing tied together and so i was kind of just waiting for it to happen. I definitely preferred the part of the story that was talking about Grace's past to the present day and then even more present day stuff where she is a mother and her daughter is discovering things for herself.

There are a lot of characters to take in over the course of the novel, none of them particularly stood out for me. Some of them were pretty weak and made bad choices and others made choices that I didn't think fitted with their character traits. I really liked Grace and Freddy as characters though, they stuck together through thick and thin and wanted what was best for their daughter which, considering what they went through, is truly admirable! The other characters in the novel did add stuff to the story, i just didn't particularly warm to any of them and none of them really stuck with me. I loved the setting of this story, which is split between England and Massachusetts and i really felt like i was there with the characters because of Santa's beautiful writing!

I actually learnt quite a lot from this book.. There are things i learnt about bees and about society in 1930 Britain and so i will definitely take that away from this reading experience. The story as whole was a little lacking for me and nothing really stands out as a memorable moment. It was a pleasant read and i made it through to the end but if you're looking for a little more action, this isn't the book for you!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A saga you can lose yourself in 17 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a book which will probably find its way into a lot of beach bags over the next few weeks. It is a really good read that is perfect for those times that you just want something to relax with and lose yourself in but not have to think too hard about, but with characters that you really like and care about.

Grace and her daughter Trixie share a love of beekeeping, something which has been passed down in the family. They also have something else in common, first loves which they cannot forget.

This is a family saga spanning the years from 1933 to 1990, set partly in Dorset and partly on an idyllic Massachussetts island. The story starts in 1973 on the island when Trixie falls in love for the first time with someone totally unsuitable. What neither Trixie or Grace realise is that their love stories are connected and Grace’s personal story is told in flashback spanning back to 1993. It is a story of a love lost and a love found, of duty and honour and secrets, secrets which even Grace knows nothing about.

The story really does flow nicely, I felt really involved with the characters and the plot, A thoroughly enjoyable read. Thanks to the publisher for a review copy of the book.
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