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ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: The Enlightenment of Bees
Author: Rachel Linden
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: July 9, 2019
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Sometimes a shattered dream leads to an amazing journey.
At twenty-six, apprentice baker Mia West has her entire life planned out: a Craftsman cottage in Seattle, a job baking at The Butter Emporium, and her first love—her boyfriend, Ethan—by her side. But when Ethan declares he “needs some space,” Mia’s carefully planned future crumbles.
Feeling adrift, Mia joins her vivacious housemate Rosie on a humanitarian trip around the world funded by a reclusive billionaire. Along with a famous grunge rock star, a Rwandan immigrant, and an unsettlingly attractive Hawaiian urban farmer named Kai, Mia and Rosie embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
From the slums of Mumbai to a Hungarian border camp during the refugee crisis, Mia’s heart is challenged and changed in astonishing ways—ways she never could have imagined. As she grapples with how to make a difference in a complicated world, Mia realizes she must choose between the life she thought she wanted and the life unfolding before her.
In a romantic adventure across the globe, The Enlightenment of Bees beautifully explores what it means to find the sweet spot in life where our greatest passions meet the world’s greatest need.
I have never read any books by Ms. Linden before, but I thought this one looked cute, so I decided to try it. Let me tell you, I am so glad I got the chance to read this amazing tale!
As a reader, I generally gravitate towards more emotional and heavy books because I just like them. I’m not usually a fan of light and funny reads, but this one was like a breath of fresh air and, honestly, it wasn’t all that light because of some of the more serious subjects it dealt with.
So, what did I like about it? Everything. The writing style was engaging and I immediately became invested in Mia’s life, rooting for her in everything. I was also a huge fan of the characters. I mean seriously, Kai? He was amazing! They were all so well-developed and amazingly 3D and it made me love the story even more. Another thing that really got me about this story was the setting. I have always wanted to travel around the world like Mia and the team did in this one, so I honestly felt like I was experiencing it with them. It was wonderful. Finally, I loved, loved the themes that Linden wove into this story. I, like Mia have dreamed of traveling the world and making a difference in some way. I, like Mia, have been afraid that maybe my passions are too petty and won’t make a difference. And I, like Mia, have been finding out that that’s not the case; God can use our passions to bring Him glory, and that was the major theme I saw in this story.
In the end, I love all the aspects of this beautiful story, but I especially loved Mia’s journey because I have experienced the same things, too and I could very much relate to her.
I would highly recommend this story to anyone because it is so beautiful and real and I think many can learn from it!
**I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher via JustRead tours but was in no way required to give a positive review. All opinions and thoughts in this review are my own.**
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures in over fifty countries around the world provide excellent grist for her writing. She is the author of Ascension of Larks, Becoming the Talbot Sisters, and The Enlightenment of Bees. Currently, Rachel lives with her family in Seattle, Washington, where she enjoys creating stories about hope, courage, and connection with a hint of romance and a touch of whimsy.
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