Good morning, good morning, everyone! Today I'm a stop on the TLC book tour for Sarah-Kate Lynch's The Wedding Bees.
Sugar Wallace has just arrived in New York City. It's the latest in a long string of cities she's lived in - a new one every year to be exact. She's got her bees and her health and that's all she needs. And she's got her friends, a trail of them left behind every time she moves. There's no doubt about it, Sugar makes her mark wherever she goes. But when Sugar meets Theo she'll finally have to face up to what she's been running from all this time. Yep, Sugar's wandering for a reason, one that moving on from town to town allows her to avoid until now.
When I started The Wedding Bees I realized that it might in fact be a little too heavy on the cute and sweet side for me. Sugar injects herself in everyone's lives by being... sweet. She's observant and usually has some form of honey product that can heal whatever ails those around her.
Her fellow apartment dwellers are a motley bunch: Nate the chef, who no one ever sees; old Mrs. Keschl and Mr. McNally, neighbors who have an axe to grind; young Ruby, who secretly fantasizes about romance; and Lola and her young son, Ethan. Each of them seems to need Sugar's help in some way. Getting to know them and their stories was fun, as was getting to know Sugar, Theo, and George. Again, though, Sugar just came across a bit too saccharine for my taste, even after we learn why she's been "on the run" so to speak.
I did like the beekeeping aspect and - strange as it sounds - the queen bee's perspective on things. This gave the book a little extra something to make it stand out a bit for me.
All in all, The Wedding Bees is a delight but maybe one that I needed to be in just the right mood for it to be a perfect fit.
To see more stops on the tour be sure to check out the official TLC tour page here.
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