Motherless Child Seeks Answers
The Secret Life of Bees is set in the segregated South in 1964 and revolves around Lilly, a young ,white, motherless teenager. Lilly is running away from an abusive father with her closet friend and ally, Rosaleen. This involves a jailbreak that Lilly instigates. They travel to a town in South Carolina hoping to find some answers about her mother. Lilly is struggling with her ‘guilt’ over the accidental shooting death of her mother when she was four. She seeks forgiveness for the tragedy which continues to haunt, shame and fill her with guilt.
Love, Acceptance, Forgiveness, and a Black Madonna
In a small South Carolina town Lilly comes into the home and care of several strong and wise black women . These women love and protect her, and also happen to be bee keepers who harvest and sell honey. The Black Madonna is in this home and plays an important part in the story. The author prefaces each chapter with facts about bees and cleverly incorporates those facts into the plot. The story is rich in believable characters and plot development. You will easily fall in love with all the women in this story. The book is highly recommended.