- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (14 Feb. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007373651
- ISBN-13: 978-0007373659
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.6 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Honey Queen Hardcover – 14 Feb 2013
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Praise for THE HONEY QUEEN:
‘Light-hearted and warm… Like a gossip with friends’ Essentials
Praise for Cathy’s novels:
‘Wise, warm, compassionate and full of characters I loved…it’s like having a great gossip with your best friends’ Marian Keyes
‘This top-notch storyteller once again cuts to the quick of modern women’s lives and their relationships’ Woman and Home
‘Entertaining, moving and as vivid as a screenplay – present a picture of the lives of Irish women which, like all good fiction, brings the truth into sharp relief’ Irish Independent
About the Author
Cathy Kelly is published around the world, with millions of books in print. A number one bestseller in the UK, Ireland and Australia, her trademark is warm Irish story-telling about modern life, always with an uplifting message, sense of community and strong female characters at the heart.
She lives with her family and their three dogs in County Wicklow, Ireland. She is also an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland, raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDS.
Top Customer Reviews
There are many different characters in this book each who have their own story-line to bring to this fantastic book. Although the story-lines are separate they all run alongside each other smoothly and you see each of the characters weave in and out of each others story-line. I was a little worried when the book began because you would just get into the flow of one set of characters and fall into their story-line , then all of a sudden it would change to a new character so I did wonder if I would begin to lose track of who was who but luckily as we get to know each character they were all easily recognizable. There wasn't a single story-line I didn't enjoy but my favourite was between Lillie, Seth and Frankie. It was great to see them bring life back to the garden of Sorrento Villa as well as seeing the relationships between the characters grow.
There are so many lovable characters in this book. There were also some tough emotional scenarios in a couple of the story-lines which the author writes about in a very emotional and delicate way. Although there is a lot going on in this book the story is written in such a beautiful pace that you really relax into the storyline easily making this a surprisingly quick read. My only complaint is this book is so heavy it hurts when it falls on your face when you fall asleep so may be a better idea to get on kindle to prevent injury!
This was a beautiful book which I enjoyed from beginning to middle to end. I will be hunting out more books by Cathy Kelly.
The characters were beautifully written, I enjoyed getting to know them throughout the story and only half-way through I felt as though I knew them as well as my friends in real life. They felt familiar to me, and it made me enjoy the story that much more because I really looked forward to reading about the journey each character went on, I felt as though I was living every moment with them. Lillie was my personal favourite.
This is a compelling read, and for most part it is a beautifully light read, however there are a few serious parts added in to the mix as well. I don't want to spoil it but there are many issues explored in the story, told in the form of the women's lives - marriage and redundancy being a few. In this case some of the scenes are very relateable and Cathy Kelly writes everything with care and sensitivity too. I'm sure this book will start many conversations and debates, I think it would be wonderful as a book club read! I very much liked the side-story of the bees and the honey competition, it was particularly interesting to read about and for me, a favourite part of this enchanting story.
The Honey Queen is a captivating tale that will warm your heart. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I'm sure many others will too, this is another fantastic release from Cathy Kelly!
Totally lovable characters who left me with the longing to live in such an area with so many caring friends.
I feel Cathy is on her way back to writing stories like her first much loved books, and it's wonderful to see.
A lovely feel-good book and very enjoyable.
Those are all the main characters and that is a lot of characters to get to grips with, especially when they aren't especially interwoven.
I think this book would have almost been better had it been 4 or 5 shorter stories dealing with each set of characters and then a few overlap chapters. Would have definitely made it easier to remember what background and circumstances you are dealing with in each case.
Lillie, in Australia, has recently been widowed and has always known she was adopted. Her sons manage to trace her birth family, and discover she has a half brother Seth in Ireland. They communicate with Seth and he offers Lillie a place to stay for as long as she wants to get to know her, and to let her know about her birth mum.
Seth is having troubles of his own having recently been made redundant, and he and his wife, Frankie, had just bought a new house, a fixer upper. Lillie's visit is a blessing in disguise for many reasons.
Peggy has secrets of her own, but starts up her own Knitting and Crochet shop, and does have a few links to the other characters. There is a lot to Peggy's story but I feel like she was the neglected character and that more could have been made of her situation.
Opal, is mother of 3 grown up sons, and grown up estranged daughter Meredith. Opal and her husband Ned, also have taken in their niece Freya, who is 15 years old, and could no longer live at home, after her mother Gemma had a breakdown, following the death of her husband, Freya's father. Opal is a loving character, who is central to the book.
There are a lot of threads of stories in this book, but once you get into it, , the book is a lovely read, and by the end incredibly emotional.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I only recently discovered Cathy Kelly as an author and this is the second of hers I have read this month. Another tale of women, their men and their children and friends. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Closet Romantic
I really enjoyed this book great story with lots of wonderful characters. I couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read another from this fine author.Published 9 months ago by Susan Lamont