The Beekeeper's Ball

The Beekeeper's Ball

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario :, MIRA,, 2014.
ISBN: 9780778314486
Branch Call Number: FICTION Wiggs Susan 06/2014
Characteristics: 360 pages ;,24 cm


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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!

Jun 09, 2015

Outstanding book - great story line and excellent descriptions of the countryside. You must read The Apple Orchard first.

May 10, 2015

Interesting historical information on Danish world war 2 resistance. Also, would love a bite of each of the recipes. Good follow up to "The Apple Orchard", hope there is a 3rd to look forward to.

Nov 04, 2014

Excellent sequel to the Apple Orchard. I can't wait for the next one

LaughingOne Oct 18, 2014

I loved The Apple Orchard and now I love The Beekeeper's Ball. Wiggs' stories are wonderfully satisfying, full of interesting people and stories. The Bella Vista chronicles is a series I am enjoying very much. There are at least two full stories here -- the older one of 1940s Denmark and the resistance (the youth period of some of the older characters in this book) -- and the more current story of restoring Bella Vista, new projects, new love. The romance is multi-generational, with loving couples of different ages. Wiggs writes quite well. My only disappointment is with the ending. It felt rushed, trying to tie up stories that really needed more face time in the book. Leaving some loose ends (what happened with Jamie, for example). Perhaps these loose ends are to let us know there will be another book in this chronology, but I'm still a bit dissatisfied.

Jul 17, 2014

Absolutely incredible! This is the 2nd in the Bella Vista Chronicles and just as "The Apple Orchard" it is absolutely excellent! I can't wait for the next one to be released!


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