The Beekeeper Diaries
by Kevin Carey
Jemima is at breaking point, and she does the one thing she never thought she would do. Ask her sister for help, as she can no longer cope with her mother alone.
Dying is the least of Mary Hunter’s concerns; for she has dementia, and she needs to remember. Because in amongst a life of magic and love and poetry, are secrets, and she needs to share them before it is too late.
The bees of Meadowsweet have been in the family for three generations, and Mary has kept her memories, her diaries, secreted in the hives. When Mary asks Constance to retrieve the diaries, and read them to her, her mind is filled with the stories of her relationship with the bees, of lost love, and of how one night of passion can change your life forever, and she journeys back to the beautiful vistas of northern Italy, and to the Rossi family, where she meets Cesare, the grandfather, who introduces her to his own world of beautifully painted beehives. Mary forms a bond with him that will last a lifetime, and his wise words provide a beacon for the hard decisions she must make.
As Constance reads the diaries, she begins to understand the true meaning of Meadowsweet, and the bees. For she can see that she has left behind so much more than she ever realised, and hopes it isn’t too late to get to know her mother before she is lost forever.
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