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A heartwarming debut novel for readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, following three lonely strangers in a rural Oregon town, each working through grief and life's curveballs, who are brought together by happenstance on a local honeybee farm where they find surprising friendship, healing--and maybe even a second chance--just when they least expect it. Forty A heartwarming debut novel for readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, following three lonely strangers in a rural Oregon town, each working through grief and life's curveballs, who are brought together by happenstance on a local honeybee farm where they find surprising friendship, healing--and maybe even a second chance--just when they least expect it. Forty-four-year-old Alice Holtzman is stuck in a dead-end job, bereft of family, and now reeling from the unexpected death of her husband. Alice has begun having panic attacks whenever she thinks about how her life hasn't turned out the way she dreamed. Even the beloved honeybees she raises in her spare time aren't helping her feel better these days. In the grip of a panic attack, she nearly collides with Jake--a troubled, paraplegic teenager with the tallest mohawk in Hood River County--while carrying 120,000 honeybees in the back of her pickup truck. Charmed by Jake's sincere interest in her bees and seeking to rescue him from his toxic home life, Alice surprises herself by inviting Jake to her farm. And then there's Harry, a twenty-four-year-old with debilitating social anxiety who is desperate for work. When he applies to Alice's ad for part-time farm help, he's shocked to find himself hired. As an unexpected friendship blossoms among Alice, Jake, and Harry, a nefarious pesticide company moves to town, threatening the local honeybee population and illuminating deep-seated corruption in the community. The unlikely trio must unite for the sake of the bees--and in the process, they just might forge a new future for themselves. Beautifully moving, warm, and uplifting, The Music of Bees is about the power of friendship, compassion in the face of loss, and finding the courage to start over (at any age) when things don't turn out the way you expect.


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A heartwarming debut novel for readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, following three lonely strangers in a rural Oregon town, each working through grief and life's curveballs, who are brought together by happenstance on a local honeybee farm where they find surprising friendship, healing--and maybe even a second chance--just when they least expect it. Forty A heartwarming debut novel for readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, following three lonely strangers in a rural Oregon town, each working through grief and life's curveballs, who are brought together by happenstance on a local honeybee farm where they find surprising friendship, healing--and maybe even a second chance--just when they least expect it. Forty-four-year-old Alice Holtzman is stuck in a dead-end job, bereft of family, and now reeling from the unexpected death of her husband. Alice has begun having panic attacks whenever she thinks about how her life hasn't turned out the way she dreamed. Even the beloved honeybees she raises in her spare time aren't helping her feel better these days. In the grip of a panic attack, she nearly collides with Jake--a troubled, paraplegic teenager with the tallest mohawk in Hood River County--while carrying 120,000 honeybees in the back of her pickup truck. Charmed by Jake's sincere interest in her bees and seeking to rescue him from his toxic home life, Alice surprises herself by inviting Jake to her farm. And then there's Harry, a twenty-four-year-old with debilitating social anxiety who is desperate for work. When he applies to Alice's ad for part-time farm help, he's shocked to find himself hired. As an unexpected friendship blossoms among Alice, Jake, and Harry, a nefarious pesticide company moves to town, threatening the local honeybee population and illuminating deep-seated corruption in the community. The unlikely trio must unite for the sake of the bees--and in the process, they just might forge a new future for themselves. Beautifully moving, warm, and uplifting, The Music of Bees is about the power of friendship, compassion in the face of loss, and finding the courage to start over (at any age) when things don't turn out the way you expect.

59 review for The Music of Bees : A Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    What a heartfelt, intense, soul crushing, unique story! Three lost, broken, struggling souls’ paths cross at a bee farm located in rural Oregon. Their backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, expectations from life couldn’t be so much different. The author achieved a fantastic job by bringing out different and meticulously well-crafted human portraits to tell this poignant story! Alice Hoffman, 44, stuck in her job at bee farm, trapped into spiral of unhappiness, slowly suffocating. After sudde What a heartfelt, intense, soul crushing, unique story! Three lost, broken, struggling souls’ paths cross at a bee farm located in rural Oregon. Their backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, expectations from life couldn’t be so much different. The author achieved a fantastic job by bringing out different and meticulously well-crafted human portraits to tell this poignant story! Alice Hoffman, 44, stuck in her job at bee farm, trapped into spiral of unhappiness, slowly suffocating. After sudden death of her husband, her depression grows and she finds herself at very dark place. Her last panic attack crisis ends with colliding into a young boy who has one of the strangest tallest Mohawk hairstyle. He’s troubled paraplegic teenager but he is surprisingly helpful to handle the truck trouble she gets herself into ( 120 thousand bees are waiting to be transported) Thankfully he becomes her lifesaver and his genuine interest in bees attracts her attention. Maybe she found the best helper to assist her. And 24 years old Harry couldn’t be surprised more as he finds himself as the employee of the farm. He’s suffering social anxiety and he is so desperate to find a proper job. Three different people who suffer from different anxiety issues, coming from different backgrounds, fighting with different kind of inner demons come together to work in a bee farm against the nefarious plans of pesticide company to save local honeybee population. Overall: it’s realistic, moving story with beautifully portraits, inspirational, heartwarming, promising story! I’m giving my four emotional, buzzing, humming, soul brushing stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Dutton for sharing this digital copy of emotional arc with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  2. 4 out of 5

    vicki honeyman

    It's hard to believe this is a debut novel for writer Eileen Garvin, who has been compared to author Eleanor Oliphant. A lovingly told story rich with characters I would enjoy having as my next-door neighbors or best friend's kids, the story takes place on a bee farm in rural Oregon. Having the utmost respect for bees and beekeepers, it was an extra special treat to be taken to that world. The protagonist's father's destructive revilement of his son is utterly horrific but that's what makes the It's hard to believe this is a debut novel for writer Eileen Garvin, who has been compared to author Eleanor Oliphant. A lovingly told story rich with characters I would enjoy having as my next-door neighbors or best friend's kids, the story takes place on a bee farm in rural Oregon. Having the utmost respect for bees and beekeepers, it was an extra special treat to be taken to that world. The protagonist's father's destructive revilement of his son is utterly horrific but that's what makes the story the story. It is heartbreaking, yet this tender novel redeems itself in a heartwarming way. Be sure to watch for it's release in Spring of 2021.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam Sattler

    Although Eileen Garvin published her memoir How to Be a Sister (intriguing title, that) in 2010, the soon-to-be-published The Music of Bees marks her debut as a novelist. Part of what makes this new novel so much fun to read is the rather painless education about bees and beekeepers that the reader acquires along the way. Garvin, who is herself an Oregon beekeeper in addition to being a writer, skillfully makes it all seem simple right up until the point the reader comes to realize just how comp Although Eileen Garvin published her memoir How to Be a Sister (intriguing title, that) in 2010, the soon-to-be-published The Music of Bees marks her debut as a novelist. Part of what makes this new novel so much fun to read is the rather painless education about bees and beekeepers that the reader acquires along the way. Garvin, who is herself an Oregon beekeeper in addition to being a writer, skillfully makes it all seem simple right up until the point the reader comes to realize just how complicated beekeeping actually is, and how terribly important bees and their keepers are to the environment and the food chain. The Music of Bees is a story about three loners, two of whom have become loners pretty much by choice, and another who had the lifestyle forced upon him after an accident put him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Alice Holtzman is a 44-year-old county employee who enjoys keeping bees so much that over the next year she wants to double the number of hives she has. She is in the process of doing just that, transporting some 120,000 bees home in the back of her truck, when she almost literally runs into Jake, the 18-year old in the wheelchair. Jake is rather foolishly tooling down the side of the highway in his chair at dusk when Alice runs him off the road. When the smoke clears, Jake is so intrigued by Alice and how she is able to entice almost all the bees back into their proper containers, that a new friendship is born. Harry is a 24-year-old running from his past who moves west to live in a dilapidated trailer with his reclusive uncle. After spotting Alice’s help-wanted ad, he responds, and the unlikely trio soon find themselves not only working together, but living together. All three have things in their recent past they regret, and all three of them have withdrawn into themselves in the mistaken belief that they will heal their wounds that way. What they end up learning is that they are much stronger together than they are separately. More importantly, though, the bond they form is such a strong one that each of them begins to come back to life - and when the well-being of their bees and new way of life are threatened, they are willing to fight back as one, no matter what it takes or what the personal repercussions may be for any one of them. Bottom Line: The Music of Bees is a beautiful story about empathy, friendship, and personal restoration. At its heart it is a basic story of good versus evil, and how sometimes the least powerful among us can beat the odds just long enough to win the battle - oh, and all of that beekeeping knowledge that seeps in along the way is a special bonus readers are sure to enjoy. Review Copy provided by Publisher

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura Hill

    Thank you to Dutton and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on April 27th, 2021. Characters: 4/5 Writing: 4/5 Plot: 3.5/5 A heartwarming story of three lost souls who come together in a small farming community (Hood River, Oregon) to find their place in life — one with purpose and people to care about. Alice Holtzman has worked in the County Planning Office for twenty years but her passion is beekeeping and the dream of Thank you to Dutton and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on April 27th, 2021. Characters: 4/5 Writing: 4/5 Plot: 3.5/5 A heartwarming story of three lost souls who come together in a small farming community (Hood River, Oregon) to find their place in life — one with purpose and people to care about. Alice Holtzman has worked in the County Planning Office for twenty years but her passion is beekeeping and the dream of one day running her own orchard. Jake Stevenson is eighteen and trapped in a wheelchair after a stupid stunt at a high school party. His proudest achievement? The world’s tallest Mohawk (at 16.5 inches). Other than hair maintenance, however, he is just killing time and soaking in regret. Harry Stokes is a “passenger in his own life” — desperate for a job with a criminal history and a now-condemned trailer as a living space. I loved the main characters and the manner in which the author describes the way they each find each other and a solid, “feels right” path moving forward. There is a relatively simplistic overlay plot concerning the evil Supragro company that is pushing a toxic pesticide spray that is lethal to bees — and how the community comes together to successfully fight it. The “bad” guys are fairly two-dimensional — stereotypical greedy, powerful, and corrupt men — but I did like the way social media and video was used to expose what was happening. I also very much enjoyed the descriptions of Hood River and rural life.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cathe Fein Olson

    Sweet story about an unlikely trio coming together and bonding over bees and loneliness. Reminded me a lot of Catherine Ryan Hyde with sweet characters that pull on your heartstrings, but this one had some really interesting info on bees as well.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Diane Payne

    Garvin's novel is an easy and somewhat predictable read. This is definitely a PC novel with a youngish woman, Alice, whose husband died in a car accident (caused by a drunk driver), leaving her alone in her 40's, which she seems to prefer, until she meets an 18-year-old who had recently ended up paraplegic in an accident, and then a 24-year-old recently homeless young man recently released from jail, that she befriends to live with her to help raise bees. Alice leads a crusade against her neighb Garvin's novel is an easy and somewhat predictable read. This is definitely a PC novel with a youngish woman, Alice, whose husband died in a car accident (caused by a drunk driver), leaving her alone in her 40's, which she seems to prefer, until she meets an 18-year-old who had recently ended up paraplegic in an accident, and then a 24-year-old recently homeless young man recently released from jail, that she befriends to live with her to help raise bees. Alice leads a crusade against her neighbors who use pesticides on their orchards that kill her bees, and then the novel wraps up with the boys happily on their way to leading happy lives, which makes Alice happy, and left me feeling like I just watched a Lifetime show. I do wish the copy editors had corrected more errors. It's a feel good novel that involves kiteboarding, skateboarding, ska, bees, death of human, death of bees, reuniting with a dog and family, but not with an angry father, and ends on a happy note.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Nijhuis

    A delightful read by a warm, wise, humane writer. I loved these characters and their shared story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heather Little

    I went into this book not knowing what to expect. I’d read a blurb about it being similar to another book I had thoroughly enjoyed, so I was intrigued. This story grabbed me from the get-go, pulled me in and did not let go. *Special thanks to #NetGalley and the Penguin Group for a free, electronic ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.* It opens almost in slow motion with our main character Alice, a forty-four-year-old woman who has been tossed around by life and is still trying to co I went into this book not knowing what to expect. I’d read a blurb about it being similar to another book I had thoroughly enjoyed, so I was intrigued. This story grabbed me from the get-go, pulled me in and did not let go. *Special thanks to #NetGalley and the Penguin Group for a free, electronic ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.* It opens almost in slow motion with our main character Alice, a forty-four-year-old woman who has been tossed around by life and is still trying to come to terms with tremendous loss - with not much success I might add - heading home in her pickup truck with 120,000 honeybees in the back and, in the grip of a panic attack nearly collides with Jake, an eighteen year old teenager in a wheelchair with a unique and distinctive claim-to-fame for their rural farming town, tooling along the side of the highway, not paying attention. While picking up the boy and the bees an interest in each other develops and Alice finds herself inviting Jake into her life after sensing he too, is battling his own demons. She finds herself only semi-reluctantly sharing her knowledge of beekeeping with Jake which awakens a natural talent in the young man: that he has no fear of bees and in fact, can distinguish the buzzing note of the queen bee through his talented musical ear! In need of a handyman to fulfill her plan of doubling the size of her apiary, Alice is hesitant to consider Jake. Although he possesses a natural talent, he also possesses limitations; that being his wheelchair. Alice places a help-wanted ad to look for more help and we are introduced to Harry, who answers it. He is an extremely socially awkward, twenty-four old running from his past. A lonely young man who has found himself in the precarious position of living in the woods in a dilapidated trailer with a reclusive, sickly relative. Netting the job, complete with housing after his somewhat gawky interview, the unlikely trio form a bond that nurtures and encourages healing as they create their own form of family. Three very different people, from three very different backgrounds, each suffering from their own form of anxiety issues and fighting their own inner demons, come together to work on a bee farm. They find out just how strong their bond is when a nefarious pesticide company, whose pesticides could end up being used in the many orchards surrounding their apiary, threatens their way of life and they must come together to save the honeybees they lovingly take care of. A heartwarming and uplifting story about growth, friendship and overcoming adversity. The underlying theme of good versus evil is superseded by the not-so-unpredictable storyline of big business trying to steam roll the little guy but woven throughout is the premise that everyone needs someone. Much like the structure of a beehive, no human is an island and during the worst times it helps to have someone to lean on and trust. The reader is treated to an abundance of information about the habits of bees and their guardianship, interspersed in easily digestible and hugely interesting bits. The characters are well developed and almost jump off the page to live their lives alongside the reader who finds him or herself aching for the wrongs they may have faced and applauding the successes they create, together and separately as they each begin the healing process. Set in a rural town in the state of Oregon this moving, debut novel is definitely one for the to-read list. #The Music of Bees #Net Galley

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Amber

    4.5 stars The Music Of Bees is contemporary fiction set in the small American town of Hood River, Oregon. Jake is angry and depressed after a stupid prank left him with a broken spine. Now instead of riding his skateboard, he spends his days alone in a wheelchair. Harry is drifting through life, full of worry and indecision. He lives in a condemned trailer with his great uncle, but he really needs a job, so he applies for a handyman advert with a local beekeeper. Alice is a widow; she keeps bees and 4.5 stars The Music Of Bees is contemporary fiction set in the small American town of Hood River, Oregon. Jake is angry and depressed after a stupid prank left him with a broken spine. Now instead of riding his skateboard, he spends his days alone in a wheelchair. Harry is drifting through life, full of worry and indecision. He lives in a condemned trailer with his great uncle, but he really needs a job, so he applies for a handyman advert with a local beekeeper. Alice is a widow; she keeps bees and works in the county planning office. Since her husband’s unexpected death, Alice has panic attacks, but the bees help to soothe her pain. Alice meets Jake on the roadside after an ‘almost accident’; they bond over the bees. Jake’s natural musical ear picks up the bee’s humming and he can tune into their temperament. Suddenly Jake has a purpose in life; the bees fascinate him and he becomes a quick student. When Harry’s uncle dies and he is evicted from the trailer, he awkwardly finds himself on Alice’s doorstep too. This is a lovely story in a small town setting with a wonderful bee theme. My father keeps bees, so I was nodding along to much of the bee detail. Each chapter began with a quotation from an old beekeeping book; they were prudent words which worked really well with the story. The author keeps bees herself and this shone through in the narrative. I also enjoyed the coming-of-age style tales of Jake and Harry and Alice’s own personal growth. I thought that the ending was a little rushed, but that was only a minor point, and it didn’t deter from my overall enjoyment of the book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    A debut novel for Eileen Garvin. Alice is stuck in a bad place. Her life is going nowhere. Her husband died as a result of drink driver. All she wants to do is raise honeybees on her bee farm, instead, she is stuck in a boring job working for the county planning office. Doing far more work than her share, she suffers from panic attacks and depression. Rushing to pick up a load of bees, and lost in her own thoughts, her pickup strikes a young man in a wheel chair. Jake is 18, and a paraplegic. Al A debut novel for Eileen Garvin. Alice is stuck in a bad place. Her life is going nowhere. Her husband died as a result of drink driver. All she wants to do is raise honeybees on her bee farm, instead, she is stuck in a boring job working for the county planning office. Doing far more work than her share, she suffers from panic attacks and depression. Rushing to pick up a load of bees, and lost in her own thoughts, her pickup strikes a young man in a wheel chair. Jake is 18, and a paraplegic. Alice makes sure she has not killed him, then starts trying to gather up the bee crates that have fallen off the truck. Jake, sporting the largest Mohawk ever known, becomes her very skilled employee and her housemate. Jake has no fear of the bees, not even bothering to suit up as he cares for the hives. Who knew that bee queens sing in a perfect key of G? Jake is able to hear this and knows he has a life calling. Then we meet Harry, the most socially awkward young man ever. Living with his uncle who lived on the fringes of society, he doesn't seem to fit anywhere. As the uncle lies in the hospital, dying, Harry interviews for a job with Alice and she hires him, also giving him a place to live in the bunkhouse. Along comes a pesticide company, SupraGro, whose pesticides will be used in the many orchards in the area. The downside - this chemical is known to kill the bees which pollinate the flowers of those fruit trees. Alice and her very unusual crew find themselves fighting SupraGro. This is such an odd group of characters, but somehow it all works. An uplifting story for the times we live in today. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Penguin Group Dutton, in exchange for a review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    The Music of Bees was a pleasure. From description: A heartwarming debut novel for readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, following three lonely strangers in a rural Oregon town, each working through grief and life's curveballs, who are brought together by happenstance on a local honeybee farm where they find surprising friendship, healing--and maybe even a second chance--just when they least expect it. Maybe I simply fell in love with the characters, but my cousin is also a beekeeper, s The Music of Bees was a pleasure. From description: A heartwarming debut novel for readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, following three lonely strangers in a rural Oregon town, each working through grief and life's curveballs, who are brought together by happenstance on a local honeybee farm where they find surprising friendship, healing--and maybe even a second chance--just when they least expect it. Maybe I simply fell in love with the characters, but my cousin is also a beekeeper, so I had an additional interest. My garden is alive with bees when the herbs come to flower, and I always give some of the plants a chance to flower, while keeping a few (especially basil) pinched back to continue producing. The bees like other plants, too, but the idea of that hint of basil, lemon verbena, lemon balm, and rosemary in the honey...sounds so delicious. The Music of Bees has characters you want to know, fascinating information about bees, and warnings about the dangers of pesticides rolled into a sensitive and heart-warming mix. I thoroughly enjoyed it and read it at a time when I needed exactly that book. Sam has a better review of this, so check it out. Anyway, it was a book that left me feeling lighter, more positive, and better informed. NetGalley/Penguin Group Friendship. April 27, 2011. Print length: 336 pages.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com

    #FirstLine - Jacob Stevenson had the tallest mohawk in the history of Hood River Valley High School. I love this story so much. It is amazing that this is a debut because it reads like Garvin has always been here writing amazing stories. This story was so original. I have never read anything like it and that is what I loved most about it. It was one of those stories that you cannot help but read quickly, devouring every word, every detail of the story. You will not soon forget this book because o #FirstLine - Jacob Stevenson had the tallest mohawk in the history of Hood River Valley High School. I love this story so much. It is amazing that this is a debut because it reads like Garvin has always been here writing amazing stories. This story was so original. I have never read anything like it and that is what I loved most about it. It was one of those stories that you cannot help but read quickly, devouring every word, every detail of the story. You will not soon forget this book because of the setting, characters and beautiful cadence of the book. A must read debut author and one to watch! Thank you to NetGalley for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    𝕋ℍ𝔼 𝕄𝕌𝕊𝕀ℂ 𝕆𝔽 𝔹𝔼𝔼𝕊⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ By Eileen Garvin (Release Date April 27, 2021)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐫𝐨 𝐒𝐲𝐧𝐨𝐩𝐬𝐢𝐬: Three broken and lonely strangers in a small Oregon town work together to build thriving bee colonies, and in doing so they help each other heal. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 𝐘𝐨𝐮'𝐥𝐥 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🤷🏻Casts of Misfits⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 👨🏼‍🦽Stories about overcoming loss⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🐝The Intricate Lives of Bees⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🥰Feel-good Stories⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🦺Second-Chances⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 𝐏𝐫𝐨 𝐓𝐢𝐩: This one is 𝕋ℍ𝔼 𝕄𝕌𝕊𝕀ℂ 𝕆𝔽 𝔹𝔼𝔼𝕊⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ By Eileen Garvin (Release Date April 27, 2021)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐫𝐨 𝐒𝐲𝐧𝐨𝐩𝐬𝐢𝐬: Three broken and lonely strangers in a small Oregon town work together to build thriving bee colonies, and in doing so they help each other heal. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 𝐘𝐨𝐮'𝐥𝐥 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🤷🏻Casts of Misfits⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 👨🏼‍🦽Stories about overcoming loss⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🐝The Intricate Lives of Bees⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🥰Feel-good Stories⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🦺Second-Chances⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 𝐏𝐫𝐨 𝐓𝐢𝐩: This one is a slow burn. Garvin spends a lot of time setting up the characters before they literally collide together, so be patient! Also, have some 🍯 at the ready, this book will make you want to eat honey everything.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Bishop

    *I received a NetGalley of this in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.* I really fell in love with this story from the beginning. Three lonely, very different strangers thrown together in an odd set of circumstances. They fill holes in each others' lives and become the family they all need. The bees become the fourth character- the thing that really brings them all together. I've always been fascinated by bees- and the facts and knowledge you gain about them during the story a *I received a NetGalley of this in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.* I really fell in love with this story from the beginning. Three lonely, very different strangers thrown together in an odd set of circumstances. They fill holes in each others' lives and become the family they all need. The bees become the fourth character- the thing that really brings them all together. I've always been fascinated by bees- and the facts and knowledge you gain about them during the story adds another layer to this book. It's one of those books where the characters seem lost and hopeless, but they find so much hope, together as the story goes along. And we all need an uplifting read every now and again.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    I've been fortunate to read several 5-star books this year, but this is definitely my favorite book, and I don't see it being pushed off the top of the pile any time soon. I have considered it "emotional rescue" for 2021, because the story is so uplifting and has such a wonderful message about the power of friendship--for anyone, really, but especially for the three people in this novel who are hurting, each in their own particular way. It's wonderful how author Eileen Garvin has woven in the st I've been fortunate to read several 5-star books this year, but this is definitely my favorite book, and I don't see it being pushed off the top of the pile any time soon. I have considered it "emotional rescue" for 2021, because the story is so uplifting and has such a wonderful message about the power of friendship--for anyone, really, but especially for the three people in this novel who are hurting, each in their own particular way. It's wonderful how author Eileen Garvin has woven in the story of bees with this, heading each chapter with a quote about beekeeping that relates to the events of that chapter. Don't miss it! It comes out in April. Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an advance copy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    When Alice's husband is killed in a car accident her life loses meaning. Jake is left in a wheelchair after a foolish prank at a high school party. Harry makes poor decisions and heads west after his release from prison. Alice needs help in her apiary, the only thing that gives her life meaning. After running Jake off the road she takes him home and hires young Harry to do some carpentry. As friendships grow stronger they realize that together thay are strong and old wounds begin to heal. An eas When Alice's husband is killed in a car accident her life loses meaning. Jake is left in a wheelchair after a foolish prank at a high school party. Harry makes poor decisions and heads west after his release from prison. Alice needs help in her apiary, the only thing that gives her life meaning. After running Jake off the road she takes him home and hires young Harry to do some carpentry. As friendships grow stronger they realize that together thay are strong and old wounds begin to heal. An easy but captivating read that teaches a lot about bees and apiaries but more about human nature and the need for caring people in everyone's lives. #The Music of Bees#Net Galley#Indigo Employee

  17. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Sometimes you read a book that is just good for your soul, a book where you can relate to the characters, feel their pain and grief, share in their misfortunes and their accomplishments. Such is this book and I highly recommend it to all readers. Set in the beautiful state of Oregon, 3 damaged individuals come together on a honeybee farm and there in that idyllic setting they learn to heal and form a bond that becomes more than family. The bees become an integral part of this story, flowing paral Sometimes you read a book that is just good for your soul, a book where you can relate to the characters, feel their pain and grief, share in their misfortunes and their accomplishments. Such is this book and I highly recommend it to all readers. Set in the beautiful state of Oregon, 3 damaged individuals come together on a honeybee farm and there in that idyllic setting they learn to heal and form a bond that becomes more than family. The bees become an integral part of this story, flowing parallel to the human narrative, and what I learned about these bees will stay with me for the rest of my life. This one is worth putting on your to-read list.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kim McGee

    Alice is grieving the loss of her husband throwing all her energy into expanding her new love - beekeeping. An "accidental" meeting teams her up with a wheelchair bound teen searching for meaning with his life. Adding to this merry little band of misfits is Harry who is running from his past and responds to Alice's ad but he is terrified of the bees. Together they will take on a big pesticide manufacturer and fight for the bees. They will also get a lesson in family and community. Sweet story wi Alice is grieving the loss of her husband throwing all her energy into expanding her new love - beekeeping. An "accidental" meeting teams her up with a wheelchair bound teen searching for meaning with his life. Adding to this merry little band of misfits is Harry who is running from his past and responds to Alice's ad but he is terrified of the bees. Together they will take on a big pesticide manufacturer and fight for the bees. They will also get a lesson in family and community. Sweet story with feel good characters found in books by Fredrik Backman and Fannie Flagg. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alexanderia

    I enjoyed every minute of this book! It was a light, enjoyable read set in state that holds a special piece of my heart. Oregon is by far the most beautiful state and fruit picking was a major family event for us. When she talks about the fruit farms, my mind immediately replays all the wonderful years of eating ourselves sick on cherries, blackberries, blueberries, and peaches. I also connected on a beekeeper level as I had two hives of my own before moving. I enjoyed seeing the story come toge I enjoyed every minute of this book! It was a light, enjoyable read set in state that holds a special piece of my heart. Oregon is by far the most beautiful state and fruit picking was a major family event for us. When she talks about the fruit farms, my mind immediately replays all the wonderful years of eating ourselves sick on cherries, blackberries, blueberries, and peaches. I also connected on a beekeeper level as I had two hives of my own before moving. I enjoyed seeing the story come together and these three strangers who all had major life events, find comfort and growth in each other.

  20. 4 out of 5

    B.S. Casey

    The Music Of Bees was an absolute gem of a book - Eileen Garvin has definitely set the bar high with her debut novel! Following the story of unlikely friends brought together in unlikely circumstances; a paraplegic teenager with a rather impressive mohawk, an anxious and unemployed 24 year old and a 44 year old widow who finds her peace in beekeeping. When a collision and job advert bring Jake, Harry and Alice together at the Apiary and finally gives them all something to fight for - saving Alice The Music Of Bees was an absolute gem of a book - Eileen Garvin has definitely set the bar high with her debut novel! Following the story of unlikely friends brought together in unlikely circumstances; a paraplegic teenager with a rather impressive mohawk, an anxious and unemployed 24 year old and a 44 year old widow who finds her peace in beekeeping. When a collision and job advert bring Jake, Harry and Alice together at the Apiary and finally gives them all something to fight for - saving Alices' beloved bees. A heartwarming, uplifting and glisteningly hopeful tale.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Linda Quinn

    Alice is a civil servant/amateur beekeeper suffering from a huge loss. Jake is a teenager with big dreams whose life has just been upended by a personal crisis and Harry is a young man fresh out of jail and at a loss with what to do with his life. When the three meet, all of their lives will change. This is one of those books that I didn't want to end because I loved these characters so much. For fans of A Man Called Ove or The Story of Arthur Truluv, The Music of Bees reinforces that it's not a Alice is a civil servant/amateur beekeeper suffering from a huge loss. Jake is a teenager with big dreams whose life has just been upended by a personal crisis and Harry is a young man fresh out of jail and at a loss with what to do with his life. When the three meet, all of their lives will change. This is one of those books that I didn't want to end because I loved these characters so much. For fans of A Man Called Ove or The Story of Arthur Truluv, The Music of Bees reinforces that it's not always the family you're born into that has your back but the one you choose to build.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    This is a story about an unlikely trio coming together and bonding over bees and loneliness is a very heart warming story about an unlikely trio coming together and bonding over bees and loneliness. This is set in Head River OR. I can relate to the scenery having lived in the Pacific Northwest. I learned quite a bit about bees but not in a boring way. I really loved this story and look forward to this authors next works

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I fell in love with all three of the main characters in this book, and enjoyed how the author let them grow into a new family of their own. There were quite a few quirky side characters that were also interesting and like others have mentioned I find it hard to believe that this is Ms. Garvins first novel. I could have lived with a few less details about beekeeping, but all in all I still have to give this book a five star rating. I am going to miss these characters!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    review to come

  25. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    You had me at Oregon! I can't wait to read this! You had me at Oregon! I can't wait to read this!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shannon A

    A heartwarming debut where the smallest things can bring a community together. I loved this.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Hathaway

  28. 5 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Justme

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sasha

  31. 4 out of 5

    Victoria (RedsCat)

  32. 5 out of 5

    TaniLu

  33. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Mayer

  34. 4 out of 5

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  35. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  36. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

  37. 4 out of 5

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  38. 4 out of 5

    Angela

  39. 5 out of 5

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  40. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth (elilovesbooks16)

  41. 5 out of 5

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  42. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Eichelberger

  43. 5 out of 5

    Beth

  44. 5 out of 5

    Amy (Bossy Bookworm)

  45. 5 out of 5

    Appoloin

  46. 5 out of 5

    Janet | purrfectpages

  47. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  48. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

  49. 5 out of 5

    Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee

  50. 5 out of 5

    Emily Rose

  51. 5 out of 5

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  52. 4 out of 5

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  53. 4 out of 5

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  54. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Howard

  55. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Schermerhorn

  56. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  57. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  58. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

  59. 5 out of 5

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