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The Beekeeper’s Ball (Bella Vista Chronicles – 2) by Susan Wiggs

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) 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.

Isabel is trying to forget her abusive ex so she puts her efforts into turning Bella Vista into a cooking school. But she has her hands full planning her sisters wedding and listening to her grandfather, Magnus’, WWII stories. Enter Mac, a famous journalist that is trying to write an article about Magnus. But when he has a run in with Isabel’s bees both of their plans are derailed.

I liked both Isabel and Mac. You could tell that both came from rough backgrounds and it was sweet how they fell for each other. I really like Magnus stories. I got drawn into them and felt for him and all that he went through. It also opened my eyes with the Denmark aspect, which is not something that I’m familiar with.

The only point that got me was Isabel’s ex. I understand how he has to come back for her to get some closure or peace but it felt forced and I think that part could have been left out of the story.

Over all I think this is a good book. Although it is the second book in a series I had no problem figuring out what was going on. Now I’m going to have to read The Apple Orchard.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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