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Friday, October 3, 2014
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I am allergic to bee stings. Not as
badly as I was a child, but still...I avoid at all costs all things apiary. One summer day when I was five, I was running
around barefooted in the backyard, frolicking in the blooming clover, and accidentally stepped on a bumble bee. Within minutes
my foot swelled up to the size of a small football and, suddenly having difficulty breathing, my Mom rushed me to the emergency
room where I got a stinging shot of anti-venom, another of antihistamine, and a huge bag of ice to quell the swelling. I was
back to semi-normal within a few hours. But the shots, the swelling, and the painful process of tweezing the deeply embedded
stinger out all hurt like hell.
So, when the opening scene of The Beekeeper's Ball , the second novel in the Bella Vista Chronicles by Susan Wiggs involved someone being assailed by a hive of angry bees,
I understandably cringed, remembering my first (but not the last) bee sting. Needless to say, I survived both the real sting
and after a few pages the eventually delightful first chapter, and soon found myself engulfed in the honeycombed passages
of this delectably delicious romantic literary novel.
as you know, when I enjoy a remarkably good book, I just have to share it with Betty, my tennis and reading buddy. Here is
her great “right-on” synopsis:
A romantic novel with beautiful
scenery! The story reminds you of [the] "fairy stories” you read
as a child. The heroine was known to have suffered at the hands of a villain and along comes the hero to rescue her. Only
this time she, the heroine, needed to be recued from the demons within that had convinced her she could never love again.
To see if the heroine and her hero do live “happily ever after” please buzz over to www.authorexposure.com and read my review. Then settle in with a copy and a mug of hot tea laced with honey.
How sweet it is!
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currenty published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville
during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her fourth novel.