The secret Life of Bees-Book Review

Published: Saturday, 10 October 2009 Written by Jodessa Bethelmie

The Secret Life of Bees


By Sue Monk Kidd


Review by Jodessa Bethelmie


Sue Monk Kidd did an outstanding job in her creation of The Secret Life of Bees, a breathtaking novel of hope, forgiveness and female power.


In the novel, the main character, Lily Owens, tells the story of the summer her life gets turned around.  Haunted by the death of her mother, Lily lived in misery with her angry father, T-Ray. However, all of that changed when her black nanny, Rosaleen, insulted the three of the most racist men in town and got beaten and sent to jail.  It was then that Lilly decided to ‘bust’ them ( Rosaleen and herself) both out of 'jail'. They run away to Tiburon, South Carolina where they find a home with three black women, May, June and  August, who teach Lily not only how to keep bees, and  the truth about her mother, but also how to love and forgive.


The characters in the novel include Lily, T-Ray, Rosaleen, Zach (a male friend), the daughters of Mary and the sisters, August, June and May, who held her heart, on the outside of the chest.  Each character plays a part in teaching Lily that home is not just a place someone lives, but a place they belong. 


All in all, The Secret life of Bees in an exemplary novel that touches on the themes of Love, Forgiveness, Religion, and Racism.  I recommend it to anyone who loves a good heartwarming story.

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