Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank

Queen Bee

New York Times-bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank returns to the American South in this latest novel about friendship and love that is full of heart, humor, and rich description.A woman wounded by her past comes to Sullivan's Island, South Carolina to find new meaning in life and to find herself. As she takes up a new hobby of beekeeping, she begins to come into her own and rebuild her life. When a new friend comes in and she finally allow...


Details Queen Bee

TitleQueen Bee
ISBN9780062861221
Author
Release DateMay 28th, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit
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Reviews Queen Bee

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2019-06-10
    Kicking off my summer reads with a Lowcountry story. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I always kick off the summer months with a Dorothea Benton Frank novel, and I have since she first came on the scene as an author, and I was living in South Carolina. She has her own special, fun style, and I couldn’t wait to read her latest effort. As always, set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, we have a couple kinds of queen bees in this novel! The first is the matriarc...
  • Berit☀️✨
    2019-06-03
    🐝ᴄʜᴀʀᴍ. ᴡɪᴛ. ᴡᴀʀᴍᴛʜ.🐝Dorothea Benton Frank has crafted a delightful story bursting with the perfect amount of heart, quirk, and southern charm. Holly is 30 and she still lives at home caring for her unappreciative mother who is a bit of a hypochondriac. Holly is certain she will eventually land her dream job as a teacher at Sullivan’s Island elementary school. She is also certain that she plays an important part in ...
  • DJ Sakata
    2019-06-18
    Favorite Quotes:My mother sighed so hard then that the National Weather Service issued small craft warnings.Cleopatra could not have put any more intention and effort into the seduction of Mark Antony. The only things I didn’t have were a CD of Barry White’s and a scented candle.There are no more big choices at our age. You’ve made them. Now you have to wait for a promotion to do just what you’re doing, except more of it, for some stupid ...
  • Katie
    2019-05-29
    I was very disappointed with this book. I thought the characters were shallow, the plot was underdeveloped, and the dialogue was beyond silly and cliched. This book felt like Ms. Frank tossed it off to fulfill a contractual obligation, without putting forth much more than minimal effort. She had so many random story lines going on, and not one of them was particularly plausible or given any depth. It was more like a writing smorgasbord that a fin...
  • Jamie
    2019-05-21
    Is it really summer without a new Dorothea Benton Frank novel to read? I love returning to the Lowcountry and the quirky families that live there every summer with Frank's novels and Queen Bee is no exception. Queen Bee brings us an actual Queen Bee (in the form of a grouchy old mother) as well as the Queen Bee of the Honeybee variety - and 3,000 others in the hive! Sisters Holly (she of the beekeeper fame) and Leslie are both struggling to find ...
  • Kathy Barrow
    2019-06-17
    A longtime fan of Franks who eagerly awaits her new release each summer. Prepared to be entertained with a fun read, this was a great disappointment. It focused heavily on the social/political issues of the day which bombard us in every form of communication from news to commercials, printed ads and commentaries. There is no escaping it and a summer read should be exactly that, an escape from the depressing, negative drudgery that consumes our cu...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    2019-06-15
    (Free review copy) I’m a diehard DBF fan but this one just wasn’t my favorite of hers 😢 so much happening without a lot of depth. I’m excited for her next one being up to her usual standards though!
  • Marlene
    2019-05-31
    Originally published at Reading RealityThis book is a fun read and a hot mess at the same time. I would have thought those two things would be mutually exclusive, but after reading Queen Bee, they definitely are not.Let me explain…But first, I’d like to perform a bit of public service. The blurb for this book bears virtually no resemblance to the actual book. The book the blurb represents might be a very good book, but it certainly isn’t th...
  • Tammy
    2019-07-22
    A fun lowcountry tale that’s delightful to read. Not only was it a good story taking place on Sullivan’s Island, I loved the information on bees. From sweet Holly and her love for her neighbor's children, to her crazy sister and cranky mother, I loved how their story flowed and kept me intrigued.If you need a quick and easy summer read, this is it. 🐝
  • Lesa
    2019-06-10
    This must be my South Carolina week. First, Patti Callahan Henry's The Favorite Daughter, and then Dorothea Benton Frank's Queen Bee about a woman who doesn't feel as if she's a favorite at all. The two books couldn't be any more different, yet they both have wonderful characters who learn about family and love.Holly McNee Jenson has created her own little world on Sullivan's Island. At thirty, she's still trying to get a job teaching in the elem...
  • Mellie Antoinette
    2019-07-13
    “It takes a long time to tell someone where the bear goes in the buckwheat.”Talk about scare bears in fields of buckwheat! This was my first DBF novel and I have to say, the book design is GOR-geous! Yellow hive endpapers, regally crowned honey bees adorning each chapter and a shimmery beach #covercandy scene. Best of all, a quick comforting read tucked gently within the pages. Enjoyable!
  • Dianne
    2019-05-10
    Wow! What a blend of characters and tales.I had a tiny bit of difficulty getting into this book, but once in it, I could not put it down. The author managed to blend three separate stories and lives into one complete book without me being annoyed or feeling as if the book was more of a series of novellas. This is something other authors have a lot of trouble with.We have Holly who considers herself as a spinster at the age of thirty who is in lov...
  • Michele
    2019-05-16
    This was the second book I have read by Dorothea Benton Frank. One of the things that should be noted is that she has the ability to develop characters in such detail that you feel like you've known them for years. Another plus for me when I read one of her books is the fact that they are set in the Charleston/Low Country part of the South Carolina coast. Since I grew up vacationing in this area, I love to read her books and feel like I'm back th...
  • Brittany
    2019-05-10
    Queen Bee is the first Dorothea Benton Frank novel I have read. I felt like the author and I could be good friends by the end of the novel. I pictured being at the family's home in the novel drinking sweet tea and watching the bees buzz around the flowers. Queen Bee is a really quirky, fun novel for summer. I look forward to reading many more novels by the author.Centered around two sisters and the mom, or "Queen Bee" as they call her, the the th...
  • April Dodd
    2019-06-04
    I miss her early books.
  • Jo Dervan
    2019-04-02
    Holly Jensen, a 30 year old young woman, lived a very placid life with her mother on Sullivan’s Island. Holly had a teaching degree and hoped to get employed as a teacher at Sullivan Island Elementary school one day. In the mean time she substitute taught at the school when needed. Holly also took care of her Mom, Katherine aka Queen Bee. Katherine had taken to her bed 11 years earlier after Holly’s father left home and then divorced her. Hol...
  • Annarella
    2019-05-19
    A charming book I truly enjoyed. The characters are well developed and likable, the plot is engaging and entertaining.I found this book both entertaining and enjoyable.I look forward to reading other books by this author.Recommended!Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine
  • Asheley
    2019-06-07
    I knew I wanted to read this when Dorothea Benton Frank's name was attached. I cannot tell you how much I love her stories and settings. Holly is thirty years old and still living at home with her mother, called the Queen Bee by everyone around because of her personality-she's loud, a bit rude, she's become less active recently and therefore gained some weight, and she's a hypochondriac. Holly's sister Leslie got married and left home years ago, ...
  • Diane
    2019-06-03
    After a few detours in her recent books, Dorothea Benton Frank returns to Sullivans Island off the coast of Charleston in her newest book, Queen Bee.Thirty-year-old Holly Jensen lives with her critical and demanding mother, whom she and her sister Leslie have dubbed Queen Bee, or QB for short (and behind her back). Holly volunteers at the local library while she anxiously awaits for a teaching position to open up at the local elementary school.Ho...
  • Donna Hines
    2019-06-09
    Beekeeper Holly has a fascinating life keeping track of her bees but she's about to set sail on a whole new life when her bees become all the rage and talk of the town after a possible bee attack.Now we have one dead and questions surrounding the entire bee environment that has been Holly's life and bread and butter.It turns out the claims were not justified thankfully but that doesn't mean its all over at least not in being stung because another...
  • Andrea
    2019-07-11
    This is my first book by this author, and I was taken aback by how tremendously meanspirited the main character was, particularly in the first 100 pages. From the way she's written, I can tell I was supposed to find her sweet and confiding, but her gossip is tremendously mean, and she's ruthless about her mom and her mom's weight.And the dialogue is cringe-worthy.
  • Gail
    2019-07-11
    Entertaining enough to up my rating to a four, but one character’s choices based on his needs rather than his children’s made my pure enjoyment of the story difficult.
  • Leah
    2019-06-20
    The setting, Sullivan's Island, and the food sound wonderful. The apiary and beekeeping were interesting. Those were the things that I liked. The characters made too many bad decisions for me to like them. I also didn't like the ending, but I wanted a different outcome.
  • Amy
    2019-05-31
    Loved this book! Another captivating story by Dorothea Benton Frank. I read it in two days! Great beach read.
  • Randi
    2019-06-19
    Would have been a 5 if it just stuck with Holly’s story line
  • Linda Kemmerer
    2019-06-21
    Silly but entertaining.
  • Karen
    2019-06-11
    This was better than the last book but still very superficial. I never felt like I knew any of the characters. I keep hoping Dorothea will go back to her earlier writing style, those books were so good. These recent books are like reading a long People magazine.
  • Sue
    2019-06-09
    I have been a fan of Dorothea Benton Frank since I read her first book twenty years. When you start her books you know that you'll be back in the Lowcountry of South Carolina with a bunch of quirky characters and a great plot that will make you want to pack your bags and head to the beach.Queen Bee has a dual meaning -- its what sisters Holly and Leslie call their mother - a grouchy woman who has pretty much given up on life since her husband lef...
  • Tracy Hansen
    2019-07-07
    I really enjoyed the bee concept of this book. Who knew not to eat bananas around a beehive because that will make them swarm? Bees have pockets on their legs to store pollen? And bees can’t fly below 50 degrees. :)This was such a light-hearted book about two sisters with very different lives. I enjoyed Holly’s story more than Leslie’s but each to their own. This was a hugely sarcastic book especially between the sisters and their cranky mo...
  • Lori Palmer (Palmer's Page Turners)
    2019-07-10
    I listened to this one on audio! The narrator was fabulous. It took me a bit to get into the story—I didn’t like the characters at first and wasn’t sure where the story was going. But then, I was hooked! I loved how the author wove in all the honeybee facts into the story, and loved the core themes of this novel A great read!