Beekeeper Holly McNee Jensen quietly lives in a world of her own on Sullivans Island, tending her hives and working at the local island library. Her mother, a devoted hypochondriac, might be unaware that she's quite ill but that doesn't stop her from tormenting Holly. Holly's escape is to submerge herself in the lives of the two young boys next door and their widowed father, Archie. Her world is upended when her flamboyant sister Leslie returns to the island and both sisters, polar opposites, fixate on what's happening in their neighbor's home. Is Archie really in love with that awful ice queen of a woman? If Archie marries her, what will become of his little boys?
Queen Bee is a classic Lowcountry tale, warm, wise and hilarious. It roars with humanity and a dropperful of whodunit added for good measure by an unseen hand. In her twentieth novel, Dorthea Benton Frank brings us back to her beloved island with an unforgetable story where the Lowcountry magic of the natural world collides with the beat of the human heart. We will discuss this novel twice this month, Wednesday, November 25 at 1:30 pm and Monday, November 30 at 5:30 pm. Due to COVID-19 the discussion will take place virtually rather than in person. Watch our website and Facebook page for more information.