The Enlightenment of Bees by Rachel Linden

The Enlightenment of Bees

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 si...

Details The Enlightenment of Bees

TitleThe Enlightenment of Bees
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreFiction, Travel, Contemporary, Adult Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult, Audiobook

Reviews The Enlightenment of Bees

  • marita lazarus
    Thank you NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for the complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.So let me say it’s an enjoyable read. I’m really rating the book 3.5 star (i just rounded up). This book to me was like drinking a nice cup of coffee on a Sunday morning while sitting on my balcony - comforting and unhurried. The story is about Mia West and her quest in life to find meaning and purpose. Her li...
  • Katie
    The Enlightenment of Bees is the story of a girl whose perfect life and all expectations are flipped upside down and she goes on a journey to find herself and her new place in the world. While this storyline has been done a million times, the uniqueness in this book is what Mia does next. She joins a humanitarian trip around the world to do good for those less fortunate. It is a beautiful and insightful look at human relations, poverty, love and ...
  • Rachel
    I received a digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed "The Enlightenment of Bees" - a coming-of-age story rooted in the desire to live a life of service.The plot follows Mia, a young woman from Seattle who embarks on a global humanitarian service trip after the life she had planned falls apart. One of the things I liked most about the book was the way it portrayed the service trip. The c...
  • Melissa
    “Remember, Mia, your place in this world is the space where your greatest passion meets the world’s great pain,” she says firmly. “Go now and find that place.”I really loved this book. There are some parts that are a bit difficult to believe, like the whole Lars scenario, but overall the plot is meaningful and really made me think. I especially appreciated the parts that deal with voluntourism--which is what most humanitarian or mission...
  • Susan Peterson
    The Enlightenment of Bees is a heartwarming story about a young woman’s quest to find out who she is, and how she can use her skills and passion to make a difference in the world. In a matter of days, Mia loses both her boyfriend and her job, leaving her lost and confused. She embarks on a humanitarian mission that takes her to the slums of India and to a refugee camp in Hungary. The author did a wonderful job of placing me in those places, fee...
  • BookishLor
    3.5/5 stars***I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.I enjoyed this light romance that focused on the main character's life and personal choices while she ventured on a humanitarian trip around the world. SynopsisMia thinks she has her life all figured out and it's amazing. All that changes in one day when she's dumped by her boyfriend of six years and loses her job she loves at the l...
  • Kara
    Wow! This was quite the adventurous ride. Mostly. I understood all too well all the indescribable feelings of visiting another culture for the first time and being faced with all the needs you aren’t certain how to handle. Listening to this audiobook just took me immediately back to my first foray into a different country and culture from my own and every bit of wonder and uncertainty I felt. Mia's emotions as she tried to understand just what ...
  • Carrie
    This book HITS THE SPOT!! It’s so refreshing!! ✅ plot moves quickly. ✅ I’m invested in the characters. ✅ great use of foreshadowing with just enough tension✅Believable dialogue. ✅ Interesting setting I give it an A+! ————I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.——#enlightenmentofbees #netgalley #reviewathon #bookshark #booksharks #bookstagram #booklove #summerr...
  • Lisa Hudson
    MESMERIZING!THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF BEES by Rachel Linden is mesmerizing! It is a meaningful, coming of age novel that will make you stop and consider your own life choices. I think most of us have struggled with the question of, “What can I do with my life that will truly make a difference in the world?” Linden tackles this question and paints a breathtaking story using beautiful word pictures to describe how quickly one’s life can change for...
  • Laura Anderson
    Calling all fans of The Great British Baking Show! (Even better if you also love Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, and Won't You Be My Maybe.) You will love this book about baking, international travel, and trying to make the world a better place. *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*Here's the plot: Apprentice baker Mia's life in Seattle is turned upside down when her long-time boyfriend dumps her instead of proposing. In a whir...
  • The Bookend Diner
    Thank you to Thomas Nelson books for gifting me an advanced reader copy of the Enlightenment of Bees by Rachel Linden.Have you ever read a book that felt as if it were just destined for you to read it at that particular time in your life? If you haven’t, well I hope that one day you will because it’s almost… magical. If you have, then you know exactly what I’m talking about when I say that this book, The Enlightenment of Bees fell into my...
  • Karen R
    I enjoyed this book a lot, especially the various settings across the globe. Loved all the referrals to local landmarks in Seattle and Sequim too. The lavender farms in that area are lovely when in bloom! The writing flowed really well, and carried the storyline seamlessly through all the travel segments. It reads more like a clean, general fiction book, kind of a coming of age type storyline. There was little to no spiritual content. It would ha...
  • Yi-Hsuan
    OK, so I just discovered that this is considered "Christian Fiction." I didn't get much of that in the actual book, except maybe the "beatific Mia" who wanted to be "Saint Mother Teresa," and perhaps the weird humanitarian effort that Mia joined. Why was it weird? Because it was backed by this billionaire who lives on his own island somewhere in Florida, and who hosted the teams of volunteers so lavishly and honestly, kind of in bad taste for wha...
  • Rebecca
    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review.I don't want to call this a light or easy read because the story does attempt to tackle some big issues and human rights crises, but it didn't have a hard-hitting tone to it, and moved pretty quickly. It felt a little moralistic, but I think the ultimate theme and message of using your own passions to make an impact on the world was worth the read.
  • Sandra
    Thank you NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for the complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.I originally gravitated to this book due to the description. The main character, Mia West, seemed to be at a standstill in life—much like I am in my own life—and I was eager to see if I could find a new “path” for myself through the character’s journey. The story for me was enjoyable…for the most part....
  • Bethany
    Mia has always dreamed of making a difference in the world-- just like Mother Theresa. But when her boyfriend of six years breaks up with her, she loses her job, and Nana Alice is diagnosed with cancer, she decides to go on a spur-of-the-moment humanitarian aid adventure. However, the trip doesn't go as planned either... she really doesn't seem to be cut out for the whole Mother Theresa gig. But then what is the meaning of her life? What will she...
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Sometimes a shattered dream leads to an amazing journey. At twenty-six, apprentice baker Mia West has her entire life planned out: a Craftsman cottage in Seattle, a job baking at The Butter Emporium, and her fi...
  • Kelly ...
    I received a digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson.3.5 stars.The Enlightenment of Bees tells the story of Mia who has seen her planned life fall apart and is responding in a beautiful way. She is embarking on a global humanitarian trip. She wants to be of service in the world. Mia had a man she loved and wanted to marry, and a job she loved. Unfortunately...
  • Angela Walker
    I borrowed this audiobook from my library via the Hoopla app. Mia has always dreamed of traveling the world and making a difference like her Aunt who offers dental services in Africa. When Mia's boyfriend of 6 years dumps her and she loses her job in the same week its like God is giving her a sign. Mia enrolls in a humanitarian trip with her roommate Rosie and they are immediately off of their adventure of travel and helping others.Through the wh...
  • Cindy
    The Enlightenment of Bees by Rachel Linden is a delightful story of being true to yourself and finding your place in this world. Growing up on her parents lavender farm on the Olympic Peninsula, Mia dreamed of going out into the world, making a difference, changing lives. As the story begins she is eagerly awaiting a marriage proposal from her boyfriend of six years, ready to put her dreams aside for the security of the future they have planned t...
  • Lisa
    Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Just Read Tours for a copy of The Enlightenment of Bees by Rachel Linden. Please see my bio for the book tour landing page as well as the purchase link if you are interested! Synopsis of the book will be included in the comments.The Enlightenment of Bees is a cute read. Following Mia West, within the first few chapters of the book she is dumped by her long term boyfriend, let go from her job, and finds out her Nana ...
  • Macie
    First of all, I need to get this off of my chest. One of the characters is named Rosalie Jasper… Uhm, HELLO?! The author is either a fellow Twilight fan or she has been living under a rock, which I would find it all the more difficult since she lives in Seattle, Washington and Twilight is based out of Forks, Washington, a four-hour drive from Seattle.First thing I noticed while reading this book was the massive amount of Seattle area references...
  • Catherine Faulkenburg
    I was lucky enough to be selected as a part of the launch team for this book and I really enjoyed it! The writing is very descriptive as far as the sights and sounds (and also the smells and tastes in this one, LOL.) I thought that the characterizations were great. I especially liked the character of Nana Alice. I wish my grandmother had been around into my adult life! I thought that the book had kind of a Wizard of Oz feel to it, you know at the...
  • Brooke Nuzie
    This story is Legally Blonde meets Eat Pray Love. The book was very well written and enjoyable, which got it 4 stars, but wasn’t quite my type of book. While I related to Mia because I love baking and have zero clue what I’m doing with my life, I’m not the biggest fan of coming-of-age finding-myself novels. And I loved Kai, but don’t think every time a girl finds herself she also needs to find a man in the process. That being said, if tho...
  • Kerry *Soulcaster*
    *2 stars*Wow! Most readers gave this book a 4 star rating but I had a hard time taking it seriously. One of the characters took designer clothes on a humanitarian trip. The fact that some of the characters initially thought that the trip would be a good opportunity to explore different countries seemed shallow and ridiculous. Who would expect to have the chance to visit the Taj Mahal while working to provide relief in the slums of Mumbai? The mai...
  • Mitzi
    I enjoyed this new release from Rachel Linden. It was quite a journey for young Mia West trying to find her purpose in life. Life doesn't always work out how we have it envisioned in our minds, but if we are willing to see things differently, we can get where we are supposed to be. This book shows that following your dreams can be a wonderful thing and doesn't always lead you where you thought you were going but where you were intended to
  • Courtney LaShea
    This is a wonderful story about discovering your path and making the world a better place in the meantime. Linden writes with such beautiful description that readers can truly imagine being where Mia is, experiencing the things she is experiencing. This book has a smidgen of romance and humor sprinkled throughout, but the heart of the story is surprisingly deep. Thoroughly enjoyable.I received a complimentary copy of this novel via NetGalley and ...
  • Kelly 💜☕️
    4.5, rounded upA fictional story of trying to find yourself while traveling the world... meaningful, but not too cheesy. Thanks to San Diego County Library for the digital audio version via Libby app. [Audio: 9 hours, 13 minutes]
  • Karen
    Mia West is a 26 year old baker living in Seattle, Washington. Having grown up on a small lavender farm, Mia dreamed of traveling the world and helping others less fortunate. She never knew exactly how she’d become Saint Mia but was confident that when the time was right, her meaningful path would be revealed. When her boyfriend Ethan unexpectedly ends their 6 year relationship, Mia is given the opportunity of a lifetime. Reclusive billionaire ...
  • Jill Dobbe
    An entertaining read that includes a little bit of everything--romance, adventure, self-introspection. Mia attempts to find her true self and volunteers overseas to help refugees. While witnessing violence, sadness and hardship she learns it is not her calling after all. Mia eventually realizes that what she really loves doing is all that matters.