The Beekeeper's Ball

The Beekeeper's Ball

Audiobook CD - 2014
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While transforming Bella Vista, her childhood home, into a destination cooking school, celebrated chef Isabel Johansen finds her plans interrupted by war-torn journalist Cormac O'Neill who has arrived to dig up old history. Simultaneous.

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#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.

Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, Inc., [2014]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781455836901
Branch Call Number: Fiction Wiggs CD
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio
10 audio discs (approximately 692 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Traister, Christina


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lt_bibliosara Jan 02, 2018

Wiggs' success with the Bella Vista Chronicles continues!
In the sequel to The Apple Orchard, Wiggs continues to unwind family secrets and historical drama by introducing Isabel.
Isabel is one of my favorite characters of Wiggs' books. She is warm, traditional, but fiery. She knows her own mind, but isn't too stubborn to acknowledge when she is mistaken. The romance of The Beekeepers' Ball is sweeping, and the historical tie-ins make the story more than just a chick flick.
You'll come away with damp eyes, a smile on your face, and a new appreciation for family and history.
I also found both Apple Orchard and The Beekeeper's Ball to be lovely audiobooks! I almost enjoyed listening more than reading, and I'm not an audiobook type of gal.

P.S. I don't remember many of the details since it has been almost a year since I read this, so I guess it's time to read it again! And I can't wait for the third book... and the potential Hallmark movie adaptation of this! Happy dance!


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