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The Enlightenment of Bees
The Enlightenment of Bees | Rachel Linden
11 posts | 9 read | 13 to read
Rachel Linden's newest contemporary women's fiction story speaks to the universal struggle of what it means to live a meaningful life where the passions we have meet the needs of the world. At 26, idealistic baker Mia West has her entire life planned out: a Craftsman cottage in Seattle, baking at The Butter Emporium, and the love of her life, her boyfriend Ethan, by her side. But when Ethan breaks up with her instead of proposing on their sixth dating anniversary (with the Tiffany blue box in his pocket), Mia's carefully planned future crumbles. Adrift and devastated, she determines to find new meaning in her life by helping those in need. Guided by recurring dreams about honeybees that seem to be leading her toward this new path in life, Mia joins her vivacious housemate Rosie on an around-the-world humanitarian trip funded by the reclusive billionaire, Lars Lindstrom. Along with a famous grunge rock star, an Ethiopian immigrant, and an unsettlingly attractive Hawaiian urban farmer named Kai, Mia and Rosie embark on the trip of a lifetime. From the slums of Mumbai to a Hungarian border camp during the refugee crisis, Mia's eyes are opened and her idealistic vision is challenged as she experiences the euphoria, disillusionment, and heartbreaking reality of humanitarian work abroad. As Mia grapples with how to make a difference in an overwhelmingly difficult world, circumstances force her to choose between the life she thought she wanted and the unexpected life she has built.
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Purrfectpages
Mehso-so

This book started out as your typical rom com and seemed to have all the trappings of a Hallmark film. But then the main character, reeling from a horrible breakup, decides to devote her time to helping others. From here the tone ultimately shifts almost entirely to an Eat, Pray, Love vibe. And therein was my problem connecting with the story. At some point it felt like two different novels altogether. It was ok, I just didn‘t fully connect.

JennyM This was a so-so for me as well - I was a little disappointed 4w
Purrfectpages @JennyM I hear ya. I saw the low average on here after I decided to read it. 4w
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Purrfectpages
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Well, I definitely don‘t love bees, but we‘ll see how I feel about this book!

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Sills
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For those who yearn to find meaning and their place in this world. For those who already have a passion, but fall short of a vision for the possibility of making a difference with their gift. For those who want their eyes and hearts opened to recreating themselves. This could be a book for you-your heart-your creative mind-or just a really good read🙂

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marleed
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Mehso-so

Bee books seem right for October because I love hot apple cider - and honey bees want what I have in hand.

I‘m always down for that eat-pray-love search to reset one‘s life when its trajectory goes askew. Impacting that life via humanitarian mission could have been a fascinating story. But the constant overly described appearance and attire of the secondary characters threw this story off kilter for me.

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xxjenadanxx
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Pickpick

Book 3 done for #24b4monday

3.5 Stars

Predictable and sweet like a Hallmark movie but with the added bonus of great atmospheric descriptions. I liked that although it's a bit fluffy it doesn't pull any punches when it comes to the reality of the refugee crisis or extreme poverty. I laughed, I cried and I really enjoyed this one.

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JennyM
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Mehso-so

When Mia‘s long-term boyfriend asks for a break, she finds herself embarking on a humanitarian trip that takes her from the slums of Mumbai to the refugee boarder crisis in Europe.

While there were moments I enjoyed,I felt this was essentially a light romance and a bit of a fluff read. Maybe it was my expectations & not the book, but I was expecting more depth and so was left a bit disappointed. 👍 for the cover though 🐝

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JennyM
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🐝 🐝 School hols again with the kids, which means I can go to the library and get my holds when they arrive 🐝 🐝

LeeRHarry Cute cover 😊 2mo
JennyM @LeeRHarry it is cute and cheery looking. Hope Tuesday has been kind 😘😘😘 2mo
LeeRHarry @JennyM well not really but it is a short week here with Friday off for Grand Final prep 😏 hope you had a fun Tues 😘 (edited) 2mo
JennyM @LeeRHarry oh no! Here‘s to a short week - May it go super, super quickly. Sending hugs 🤗 2mo
LeeRHarry Thanks Jenny 😊 2mo
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Jenken1998
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Brokenhearted baker Mia joins a humanitarian aid project at the last minute thinking that is what will cure her broken heart and shattered dreams. Knee deep into the humanatarian work she finds she is torn on what she really wants. In love and in life. Are her dreams big enough to make the difference she longs to make in this world? A little slow start for me but it picked up. The author wrote knowledgeably about many current crises. 🍰🍰🍰🍰

JennyM Have this one coming from the library - looking forward to it. Glad you enjoyed 😊 3mo
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imabusybee
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Pickpick
julesG 👏👏👏👏 3mo
britt_brooke This cover is so pretty. 💛 Have a great weekend! 3mo
Reecaspieces Awesome 3mo
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Coleen
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Mehso-so

After Mia loses her job and suffers a breakup with her long-term boyfriend, she decides that traveling with a humanitarian group around the world to “make a difference” is just what she needs to figure her life out.

I thought this book fell into the “just okay” category. There wasn‘t really anything new or refreshing about this story. It‘s basically been done before and was overly predictable. I doubt that it will stick with me very long.

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Coleen
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This is Prince Charming, the llama (really!).
I live near a park with a small zoo and I see him often when I do my #audiowalk early in the morning.