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The Beekeeper's Ball (The Bella Vista Chronicles) (edition 2016)

by Susan Wiggs (Author)

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Title:The Beekeeper's Ball (The Bella Vista Chronicles)
Authors:Susan Wiggs (Author)
Info:MIRA (2016), Edition: Reprint, 400 pages
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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.
  Gmomaj | Oct 25, 2017 |
The second in the Bella Vista Chronicles, The Beekeeper's Ball focuses on Isabel Johansen in stunning Sonoma Co, CA, as she converts her family home to a destination cooking school, and flashbacks telling her grandfather Mangus's story as part of the Danish resistance during WW2 Nazi occupation. Family truths long untold unfold, and we watch as observers things people do in times of extreme duress that are later judged by history, family members, in the context of peacetime and safety. Susan Wiggs does a very good job threading this needle. I am however very anxious for her to return to this series to see where it goes next. She never disappoints. ( )
  CMDH5 | May 3, 2017 |
I really liked this book. The story line was simple and easy to follow; a good book to read as a form of escape. Susan Wiggs has a way with words that appeals to me. Although it is a romance novel, it still had a . historical slant through the back story of Isabel and Tess's grandparents. I also liked the cooking aspect of the story; Isabel's passion for food and cooking resonated in me. I'd love to visit her vision of a cooking school, if one really existed!

A little more information; I did not read the first one, and there were some noticeable holes in my knowledge, but I could catch up on the missing information as the story progressed. The ending is a cliffhanger, and know that I know there is a series of these books, it makes perfect sense what the next book will be about. ( )
  Dmtcer | May 4, 2016 |
It's wonderful to visit Archangel again! I fell in love with the charming fictional town in the first book, THE APPLE ORCHARD. Susan Wiggs' gorgeous descriptions of Sonoma County make me want to jump inside her books.

THE BEEKEEPER'S BALL picks up where the first book left off. Sisters Tess and Isabel are planning Tess' wedding at the family estate called Bella Vista. Isabel is also living out her dream of opening a cooking school in their home. Isabel is a workaholic and a bit of a hermit. She's been hiding out at Bella Vista for years because of a painful experience in her past. Along comes Cormac (Mac) O'Neill, a battered journalist hired to write her grandfather's life story, and he challenges her to shed her protective cocoon.

The story alternates between present-day Archangel and World War II Denmark. More family secrets are revealed as Magnus shares his past as part of the Danish resistance movement. I liked how we got some answers to questions from the first book, though the author leaves us with a major unresolved twist at the end!! I can only hope this means there's a 3rd book in the works.

The romance in this book was okay - not the greatest. Maybe the chemistry between Mac and Isabel was lacking, or maybe their story was overshadowed by the World War II parts. This book didn't flow as smoothly or have as strong a focus as the first. Still, I thought it was a good read, and like I said before, I'm hopeful there will be another book to tie up the surprise loose ends.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  bookofsecrets | Feb 18, 2016 |
An excellent follow up to The Apple Orchard. The author did a great job getting to the heart of the main character, Isabel. ( )
  marciablnc | Apr 4, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0778314480, Hardcover)

#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs returns to sun-drenched Bella Vista, where the land's bounty yields a rich harvest…and family secrets that have long been buried. 

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. 

The dreamy sweetness of summer is the perfect time of year for a grand family wedding and the enchanting Beekeeper's Ball, bringing emotions to a head in a story where the past and present collide to create an unexpected new future. 

From "one of the best observers of stories of the heart" (Salem Statesman-Journal), The Beekeeper's Ball is an exquisite and richly imagined novel of the secrets that keep us from finding our way, the ties binding us to family and home, and the indelible imprint love can make on the human heart.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs returns to sun-drenched Bella Vista, where the land's bounty yields a rich harvest…and family secrets that have long been buried. 

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 t

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While transforming Bella Vista, her childhood home, into a destination cooking school, chef Isabel Johansen finds her plans interrupted by war-torn journalist Cormac O'Neill who has arrived to dig up old history.

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