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A good book group choice,
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This review is from: The Secret Life of Bees (Paperback)
I had read this book once before it was chosen as our book group choice, but I read it again anyway. I probably enjoyed it more the second time around, but I would have to say that this a good book rather than a great one.
The story is quite sweet and simple. A young white girl, Lily, and a black servant, Rosaleen, leave the family home and with a bit of detective work and the most amazing coincidence they end up in the house of a family of women beekeepers who had previously given sanctuary to the girl's mother, who had died when Lily was very young. The book did provoke a lively discussion which is exactly what you want for a reading group. It was inevitably compared to "The Help" which we had also read as a group. The treatment of the race relations issue in each of the two books, which is really the only issue that the two books have in common, caused a quite a disagreement and it was hard to move the discussion on. We did however also manage to talk about Lily's need to find out more about her mother and her mother's troubled life, and it became clear that some of us found the constant and rather sickly references to honey a bit much to take!
This was however a really good choice for a reading group as some people loved it to bits and others didn't. Divided opinions certainly make for an interesting discussion!