What the publisher says:
‘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 Lindsey is content. She spends her solitary days tending her bees and creating delicious honey products to fund orphaned children. A former nun, her life at Honeybee Haven has long been shaped by her self-imposed penance for terrible past events. But the arrival of two letters heralds the shattering of Maria’s peaceful existence.
Pushing aside the misgivings of her family and friends, Tansy Butterfield, on the eve of her marriage, made a serious deal with her adored husband, Dougal. A deal she’d intended to honour. But, seven years on, Tansy is finding her current feelings difficult to ignore. And on top of those not-really-there feelings, Dougal wants to move to Canada!
What I think:
I was lucky enough to have been given this book as part of a giveaway on Twitter for book bloggers, and I have to say that it isn’t my usual choice of read but as I am trying to broaden my reading I thought I would give it a go. The book tells the story of Maria who has basically withdrawn from society and spends her day tending to her bees, making products to sell to raise money for an orphanage overseas. She feels that this is the price she has to pay for a terrible act she committed while she was still a nun. But, it seems someone knows what she did and is threatening the peace she has found for herself with her bees.
At the same time her niece Tansy is struggling with the effects of a promise she had made to her husband before they got married whilst at the same time trying to re establish the family ties which were broken some years previously. Due to emigrate shortly, she wants to find out what happened between her mother and the sister she has barely mentioned for years and repair their relationship.
I found the story very well written with snippets of information about bee keeping that really caught my imagination and also the detail that went into the different relationships between different characters kept my attention. There is a happy ending of sorts as well with Tansy resolving to join her husband in Canada and work at her marriage and Maria finding that she has a new calling even at her late stage in life.
Rating 4 out of 5