Dimensions: 368 pages, 9.28 × 6.59 × 1.16 in
Published: June 24, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0778314480
ISBN - 13: 9780778314486
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The first rule of beekeeping, and the one Isabel swore she would never break, was to remain calm. As she regarded the massive swarm of honeybees clinging to a Ligustrum branch, she suspected she was about to go back on her word. She was new to beekeeping, but that was no excuse. She thought she was ready to capture a swarm. She'd read all the beekeeping books in the Archangel town library. She'd watched a dozen online videos. But none of the books and videos had mentioned that the humming of ten thousand bees was pretty much the creepiest sound she'd ever heard. It reminded her of the flying monkey music in The Wizard of Oz. "Don't think about flying monkeys," she muttered under her breath. And that, of course, caused her to focus even more on the sound. It took every fiber of power and control in her body to keep from fleeing to the nearest irrigation ditch, screaming at the top of her lungs. The morning had started out with such promise. She'd leaped out of bed at daybreak to greet yet another perfect Sonoma day. A few subtle threads of coastal mist slipped through the inland valleys and highlands, softening the green and gold hills like a bridal veil. Isabel had hurriedly donned shorts and a t-shirt, then taken Charlie for his morning walk past the apple and walnut trees, inhaling the air scented with lavender and sun-warmed grass. Paradise on earth. Lately, she'd been waking up early every day, too excited to sleep. She was working on the b
From the Publisher
#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 sleepy 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 dreamy sweetness of summer is the perfect time of year for a grand family wedding and the enchanting Beekeeper''s Ball, bringing emotions to a head in a story where the past and present collide to create an unexpected new future.
From "one of the best observers of stories of the heart" (Salem Statesman-Journal), The Beekeeper''s Ball is an exquisite and richly imagined novel of the secrets that keep us from finding our way, the ties binding us to family and home, and the indelible imprint love can make on the human heart.
About the Author
After graduating from Harvard University, Susan Wiggs became a math teacher. While working, she started writing her first novel which was published in 1987. She has written numerous romance novels since then including Home Before Dark, A Summer Affair, and The Charm School. She has won three RITA awards for Lakeside Cottage, Lord of the Night and The Mistress. She lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and daughter.
"This brilliant and epic family drama...fills the senses...courtesy of Wiggs''s amazing narrative and supreme skill as a writer." –RT Book Reviews, Top Pick!