The Beekeeper s Promise

The Beekeeper s Promise
Author: Fiona Valpy
Publsiher: Lake Union Publishing
Total Pages: 316
Release: 2018-05
ISBN 10: 9781542047036
ISBN 13: 154204703X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Beekeeper s Promise Book Review:

Heartbroken and hoping for a new start, Abi Howes takes a summer job in rural France at the Château Bellevue. The old château echoes with voices from the past, and soon Abi finds herself drawn to one remarkable woman's story, a story that could change the course of her summer--and her life. In 1938, Eliane Martin tends beehives in the garden of the beautiful Château Bellevue. In its shadow she meets Mathieu Dubosq and falls in love for the first time, daring to hope that a happy future awaits. But France's eastern border is darkening under the clouds of war, and history has other plans for Eliane... When she is separated from Mathieu in the chaos of German occupation, Eliane makes the dangerous decision to join the Resistance and fight for France's liberty. But with no end to the war in sight, her loyalty to Mathieu is severely tested. From the bestselling author of Sea of Memories comes the story of two remarkable women, generations apart, who must use adversity to their advantage and find the resilience deep within.

Sea of Memories

Sea of Memories
Author: Fiona Valpy
Publsiher: Lake Union Publishing
Total Pages: 284
Release: 2018-03
ISBN 10: 9781542046657
ISBN 13: 1542046653
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sea of Memories Book Review:

When Kendra first visits her ailing grandmother, Ella has only one request: that Kendra write her story down, before she forgets... In 1937, seventeen-year-old Ella's life changes forever when she is sent to spend the summer on the beautiful �le de R� and meets the charismatic, creative Christophe. They spend the summer together, exploring the island's sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, and, for the first time in her life, Ella feels truly free. But the outbreak of war casts everything in a new light. Ella is forced to return to Scotland, where she volunteers for the war effort alongside the dashing Angus. In this new world, Ella feels herself drifting further and further from who she was on the �le de R�. Can she ever find her way back? And does she want to? From the windswept �le de R� to the rugged hills of Scotland, Sea of Memories is a spellbinding journey about the power of memory, love and second chances.

The Dressmaker s Gift

The Dressmaker s Gift
Author: Fiona Valpy
Publsiher: Lake Union Publishing
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2019-10
ISBN 10: 9781542005135
ISBN 13: 1542005132
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Beekeeper of Aleppo

The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Author: Christy Lefteri
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2019-08-27
ISBN 10: 0593128168
ISBN 13: 9780593128169
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Beekeeper of Aleppo Book Review:

This unforgettable novel puts human faces on the Syrian war with the immigrant story of a beekeeper, his wife, and the triumph of spirit when the world becomes unrecognizable. “A beautifully crafted novel of international significance that has the capacity to have us open our eyes and see.”—Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz WINNER OF THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE • FINALIST FOR THE DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLE Nuri is a beekeeper and Afra, his wife, is an artist. Mornings, Nuri rises early to hear the call to prayer before driving to his hives in the countryside. On weekends, Afra sells her colorful landscape paintings at the open-air market. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the hills of the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo—until the unthinkable happens. When all they love is destroyed by war, Nuri knows they have no choice except to leave their home. But escaping Syria will be no easy task: Afra has lost her sight, leaving Nuri to navigate her grief as well as a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece toward an uncertain future in Britain. Nuri is sustained only by the knowledge that waiting for them is his cousin Mustafa, who has started an apiary in Yorkshire and is teaching fellow refugees beekeeping. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss but dangers that would overwhelm even the bravest souls. Above all, they must make the difficult journey back to each other, a path once so familiar yet rendered foreign by the heartache of displacement. Moving, intimate, and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a book for our times: a novel that at once reminds us that the most peaceful and ordinary lives can be utterly upended in unimaginable ways and brings a journey in faraway lands close to home, never to be forgotten. Praise for The Beekeeper of Aleppo “This book dips below the deafening headlines, and tells a true story with subtlety and power.”—Esther Freud, author of Mr. Mac and Me “This compelling tale had me gripped with its compassion, its sensual style, and its onward and lively urge for resolution.”—Daljit Nagra, author of British Museum “This novel speaks to so much that is happening in the world today. It’s intelligent, thoughtful, and relevant, but very importantly it is accessible. I’m recommending this book to everyone I care about.”—Benjamin Zephaniah, author of Refugee Boy

The Beekeeper s Daughter

The Beekeeper s Daughter
Author: Santa Montefiore
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2021-02-23
ISBN 10: 1471195813
ISBN 13: 9781471195815
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Beekeeper s Daughter Book Review:

From the #1 internationally bestselling author Santa Montefiore—a family rocked by tragedy, a love that lives through time, and a story that will stay in your heart. England, 1932: Grace Hamblin is growing up on a beautiful rural estate. The beekeeper’s daughter, she knows her place and her future—until her father dies unexpectedly and leaves her alone. Her childhood friend Freddie has recently become her lover, and she is thankful when they are able to marry and take over her father’s duties. But there is another man she just can’t shake from her thoughts… Massachusetts, 1973: Grace’s beautiful, impetuous daughter Trixie Valentine is in love. Jasper Duncliffe is wild and romantic, and in a band that might hit it big. But when his brother dies and he is called home to England, Jasper promises to come back for Trixie one day, if only she will wait for him. Grace tries to support her daughter, but Trixie brushes off her mother’s comfort in the confidence that Jasper’s feelings for her are real… 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 past and unravel the lies told long ago.

The French for Love

The French for Love
Author: Fiona Valpy
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2013-07-12
ISBN 10: 9781909490093
ISBN 13: 1909490091
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The French for Love Book Review:

Like a glass of wine in the French afternoon sunshine - The French for Love is the perfect summer escape. Fans of Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews, Kate Forster or Erica James - and everyone who enjoyed Nick Alexander's The French House - will love Fiona Valpy. Gina has lost her perfect job, her boyfriend and her favourite aunt all within the space of a few months. So when she inherits her aunt's ramshackle French house, Gina decides to pack her bags for the Bordeaux countryside - swapping the miserable English weather for blue skies, sunshine, great wine and a fresh start. What she hasn't factored in is a hole in the roof, the most embarrassing language faux pas, and discovering family secrets that she was never supposed to know. Suddenly feeling a long way from home, Gina will have to rely on new found friends, her own hard work and Cedric - her charming, mysterious and tres handsome new stonemason. But whilst desire needs no translation, love is a different matter. Can Gina overcome the language barrier to make her French dream come true?

The French for Always

The French for Always
Author: Fiona Valpy
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2014-04-25
ISBN 10: 9781909490307
ISBN 13: 190949030X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The French for Always Book Review:

Five weddings. The perfect venue. One little hitch... Leaving the grey skies of home behind to transform a crumbling French Chateau into a boutique wedding venue is a huge leap of faith for Sara. She and fiance Gavin sink their life savings into the beautiful Chateau Bellevue - set under blue skies and surrounded by vineyards in the heart of Bordeaux. After months' of hard work, the dream starts to become a reality - until Gavin walks out halfway through their first season. Overnight, Sara is left very much alone with the prospect of losing everything. With her own heart breaking, Sara has five weddings before the end of the season to turn the business around and rescue her dreams. With the help of the locals and a little courage, can she save Chateau Bellevue before the summer is over?

The Beekeeper s Ball

The Beekeeper s Ball
Author: Susan Wiggs
Publsiher: MIRA
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2016-05-31
ISBN 10: 1460398971
ISBN 13: 9781460398975
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Beekeeper s Ball Book Review:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs returns to sun-drenched Bella Vista, where the land's bounty yields a rich harvest…and family secrets that have long been buried Isabel Johansen, a celebrated chef who grew up in the enchanting Sonoma town of Archangel, is transforming her childhood home into a destination cooking school—a unique place for other dreamers to come and learn the culinary arts. Bella Vista's rambling mission-style hacienda, with its working apple orchards, bountiful gardens and beehives, is the idyllic venue for Isabel's project…and the perfect place for her to forget the past. But Isabel's carefully ordered plans begin to go awry when swaggering, war-torn journalist Cormac O'Neill arrives to dig up old history. He's always been better at exposing the lives of others than showing his own closely guarded heart, but the pleasures of small-town life and the searing sensuality of Isabel's kitchen coax him into revealing a few truths of his own.

The Beekeeper s Secret

The Beekeeper s Secret
Author: Josephine Moon
Publsiher: Atlantic Books
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2017-01-01
ISBN 10: 1925575527
ISBN 13: 9781925575521
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Beekeeper s Secret Book Review:

Maria knew about guilt. It was a stubborn, pervasive and toxic emotion, and incredibly difficult to shake. Especially if really, deep down, you didn't think you deserved to let it go. Maria spends her days tending to the bees of Honeybee Haven and creating wonderful honey products to fund children in need. A former nun, Maria's life has long been shaped by a shadowy secret and her own self-imposed penance for events in her past. The arrival of two letters, one pink, from nearby Noosa Heads, and one marked with a government crest, herald the shattering of Maria's peaceful existence. Before they were married, Tansy made a very serious deal with her husband, Dougall. With their elegant apartment and beachside lifestyle in Noosa, they have everything they agreed they wanted in life, so Tansy is going to ignore the feelings that might suggest she has changed her mind. On top of those not-really-there feelings, Dougall wants to move to Canada! Surprising and intriguing, The Beekeeper's Secret is an exploration of family in all its facets, and the astounding secrets we keep from those we love.

The Beekeeper Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq

The Beekeeper  Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq
Author: Dunya Mikhail
Publsiher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2018-03-27
ISBN 10: 0811226131
ISBN 13: 9780811226134
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Beekeeper Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq Book Review:

The true story of a beekeeper who risks his life to rescue enslaved women from Daesh Since 2014, Daesh (ISIS) has been brutalizing the Yazidi people of northern Iraq: sowing destruction, killing those who won’t convert to Islam, and enslaving young girls and women. The Beekeeper, by the acclaimed poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail, tells the harrowing stories of several women who managed to escape the clutches of Daesh. Mikhail extensively interviews these women—who’ve lost their families and loved ones, who’ve been sexually abused, psychologically tortured, and forced to manufacture chemical weapons—and as their tales unfold, an unlikely hero emerges: a beekeeper, who uses his knowledge of the local terrain, along with a wide network of transporters, helpers, and former cigarette smugglers, to bring these women, one by one, through the war-torn landscapes of Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, back into safety. In the face of inhuman suffering, this powerful work of nonfiction offers a counterpoint to Daesh’s genocidal extremism: hope, as ordinary people risk their own lives to save those of others.

I Can Make This Promise

I Can Make This Promise
Author: Christine Day
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2019-10-01
ISBN 10: 0062872036
ISBN 13: 9780062872036
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

I Can Make This Promise Book Review:

In her debut middle grade novel—inspired by her family’s history—Christine Day tells the story of a girl who uncovers her family’s secrets—and finds her own Native American identity. All her life, Edie has known that her mom was adopted by a white couple. So, no matter how curious she might be about her Native American heritage, Edie is sure her family doesn’t have any answers. Until the day when she and her friends discover a box hidden in the attic—a box full of letters signed “Love, Edith,” and photos of a woman who looks just like her. Suddenly, Edie has a flurry of new questions about this woman who shares her name. Could she belong to the Native family that Edie never knew about? But if her mom and dad have kept this secret from her all her life, how can she trust them to tell her the truth now?

Let s Explore Honey

Let s Explore Honey
Author: Jill Colella
Publsiher: Lerner Publications (Tm)
Total Pages: 24
Release: 2020
ISBN 10: 1541587448
ISBN 13: 9781541587441
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Let s Explore Honey Book Review:

Where does honey come from? Bees! Discover what happens inside a bee hive, watch beekeepers gather and process honey, make a yummy recipe using honey, and do a craft project that explores what honeycombs look like.

Come Home to Me

Come Home to Me
Author: Liz Talley
Publsiher: Center Point
Total Pages: 500
Release: 2018-08
ISBN 10: 9781683248903
ISBN 13: 1683248902
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Come Home to Me Book Review:

"Summer Valentine returns to Moonlight, South Carolina, so her son, David, can have a relationship with his father, Hunter "Hunt" McCroy. Rhett Bryan, the golden boy of Hollywood, is also back in town taking stock of his own life after a tragic accident. Summer must reconcile the painful history that ties her to both men"--

The Stranger

The Stranger
Author: Kate Riordan
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018-03-22
ISBN 10: 1405922613
ISBN 13: 9781405922616
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Stranger Book Review:

A top ten Red Magazine book . . . ____________ Cornwall, 1940. In the hushed hours of deepest night a young woman is found washed up on the rocks. Was it a tragic accident? Or should the residents of Penhallow have been more careful about whom they invited in? In the midst of war three women arrive seeking safety at Penhallow Hall. Each is looking to escape her past. But one of them is not there by choice. As the threat of invasion mounts and the nightly blackouts feel longer and longer, tensions between the close-knit residents rise until dark secrets start to surface. And no one can predict what their neighbour is capable of . . . In a house full of strangers, who do you trust? ____________ 'A beautiful and intriguing page-turner. Cornwall springs to life in vivid colour' Dinah Jefferies, author of The Sapphire Widow 'Wonderfully atmospheric and utterly engrossing. I hardly moved until I had read the very last word' AJ Pearce, author of Dear Mrs Bird

The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 317
Release: 2003
ISBN 10: 9780142001745
ISBN 13: 0142001740
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Secret Life of Bees Book Review:

After her "stand-in mother," a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.

The Italian Villa

The Italian Villa
Author: Daniela Sacerdoti
Publsiher: Bookouture
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2020-02-17
ISBN 10: 1838880097
ISBN 13: 9781838880095
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Italian Villa Book Review:

Callie, a lonely small-town waitress, is still reeling from the discovery that she’s adopted when she arrives in Montevino, Italy in search of answers – the keys to the stunning hillside villa she has just inherited clutched tightly in her hand. Inside the rusted gates, and through a large wooden front door dripping with sun-kissed flowers, Callie can’t decide if she’s more astonished by her new home or her first encounter with the mysterious young groundskeeper, Tommaso. Wandering the villa barefoot at night, Callie finds a diary belonging to a woman named Elisa, wrapped in faded blue ribbon and hidden in her birthmother’s antique wardrobe. Page by page, Callie is swept away by its story of love, passion, heartbreak and betrayal as she reads how Elisa married her childhood sweetheart in secret before fleeing to the woods to join the resistance. They vowed to find each other again when the war was over, but history had other plans. Callie is certain that her and Elisa’s lives are somehow connected, and that the truth about her family is hidden somewhere within the diary’s crinkled yellow pages. It gives her the courage to start asking questions around the close-knit village until, at long last, she feels her closed-off heart begin to open. Perhaps even enough to let someone in… But when a devastating betrayal in the final pages of the diary unlocks a heart-breaking secret about who Callie’s mother really is, the chance for a new life shatters in front of her. Can she persuade the locals to forgive her past and accept the truth about her identity? This unforgettable story of love, loss and secrets by the author of million-copy Amazon No 1. bestseller, Watch Over Me, is perfect for anyone who loves Fiona Valpy, Lily Graham, or The Letter by Kathryn Hughes. Readers adore The Italian Villa: ‘Mesmerising! I was totally hooked… absolutely perfect and just flowed endlessly with such ease. I really can't praise this OUTSTANDING book enough!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘I fell in love with this book! It was beautiful and captivating from start to finish. I loved Callie right from the beginning, she is such a relatable character. You laughed with her and cried for her throughout… Absolutely loved this entire book!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘From the moment I opened this book I was hooked. This is a beautifully written story with characters that tug at your heartstrings from the second they’re introduced. You can’t help but fall in love with them and the tiny village in Italy where it takes place… you feel as though you’re really there... I devoured this book in no time… you can’t wait to turn the page to find out what happens next...which is why I finished this book at 3 in the morning!... I was so enthralled from the very first page!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘I really loved it… makes you want to curl up in a chair with a warm drink and read this slowly. I found myself not wanting to devour this, but to savour every page. It's emotional and empowering and the characters fill your mind completely long after you have finished the story.’ Crossroad Reviews ‘Truly amazing. The story had many heart-warming moments and a few heart-wrenching...I was completely charmed and transported…You will be as well if you choose to read it. So read it!’ One Page At A Time, 5 stars

The Skylark s Secret

The Skylark s Secret
Author: Fiona Valpy
Publsiher: Lake Union Publishing
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2020-09-29
ISBN 10: 9781542005159
ISBN 13: 1542005159
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Skylark s Secret Book Review:

Loch Ewe, 1940. When gamekeeper's daughter Flora's remote highland village finds itself the base for the Royal Navy's Arctic convoys, life in her close-knit community changes forever. In defiance of his disapproving father, the laird's son falls in love with Flora, and as tensions build in their disrupted home, any chance of their happiness seems doomed. Decades later, Flora's daughter, singer Lexie Gordon, is forced to return to the village and to the tiny cottage where she grew up. Having long ago escaped to the bright lights of the West End, London still never truly felt like home. Now back, with a daughter of her own, Lexie learns that her mother--and the hostile-seeming village itself--have long been hiding secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew. As she pieces together the fragments of her parents' story, Lexie discovers the courageous, devastating sacrifices made in her name. It's too late to rekindle her relationship with her mother, but can Lexie find it in her heart to forgive the past, to grieve for all that's lost, and finally find her place in the world?

The History of Bees

The History of Bees
Author: Maja Lunde
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2017-08-22
ISBN 10: 1501161393
ISBN 13: 9781501161391
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The History of Bees Book Review:

“Imagine The Leftovers, but with honey” (Elle), and in the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, this “spectacular and deeply moving” (Lisa See, New York Times bestselling author) novel follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees—and to their children and one another—against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis. England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive—one that will give both him and his children honor and fame. United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper fighting an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation. China, 2098. Tao hand paints pollen onto the fruit trees now that the bees have long since disappeared. When Tao’s young son is taken away by the authorities after a tragic accident, she sets out on a grueling journey to find out what happened to him. Haunting, illuminating, and deftly written, The History of Bees joins “the past, the present, and a terrifying future in a riveting story as complex as a honeycomb” (New York Times bestselling author Bryn Greenwood) that is just as much about the powerful bond between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity.

The Gilded Ones

The Gilded Ones
Author: Namina Forna
Publsiher: Delacorte Press
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2021-02-09
ISBN 10: 1984848704
ISBN 13: 9781984848703
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Gilded Ones Book Review:

“Namina Forna Could Be The Toni Morrison Of YA Fantasy.”–Refinery 29 “Fans of Children of Blood and Bone, Mulan, and the Dora Milaje from Black Panther are going to adore this one.” —BuzzFeed “An enthralling debut. The Gilded Ones redefines sisterhood and is sure to leave readers both inspired and ultimately hopeful." —Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caraval "The Gilded Ones is a fierce, unflinching fantasy that marks Forna as a debut to watch."—Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken The most anticipated fantasy of 2021. In this world, girls are outcasts by blood and warriors by choice. Get ready for battle. Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs. But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death. Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire's greatest threat. Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she's ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself. The start of a bold and immersive fantasy series for fans of Children of Blood and Bone and Black Panther.

The Beekeeper

The Beekeeper
Author: Juliet Moore
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Pub
Total Pages: 146
Release: 2012-10-01
ISBN 10: 9781480127838
ISBN 13: 1480127833
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Beekeeper Book Review:

A trigger-happy young detective becomes immersed in a world of bees and mad honey in order to catch a murderer. Miami homicide detective Elizabeth Stratton knows she's lucky to still have a job, but she's tired of only getting the easy cases. She'll never be able to regain the respect of her colleagues without a chance to prove she's no longer an anxious mess who shoots at anything that moves. Her opportunity comes during a routine check at a near-abandoned hotel. While trying to save the living, she finds the dead. In the midst of a bee infestation is the body of a young woman, her mouth filled with honey. Elizabeth is grudgingly allowed to keep the case, which rapidly becomes compelling when the honey is found to be poisonous and the bees follow her home. But just when she's closing in on the killer, he targets her new friend and Elizabeth must brave the high winds of a category four hurricane to save her.