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He Should Have Told the Bees by Amanda Cox: Book Review

  *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

Uncovering long-held family secrets may sting at first--but the result can be sweeter than honey

Beekeeper Beckett Walsh is living her dream, working alongside her father in their apiary, until his untimely death sends her world into a tailspin. She suddenly finds she must deal with a new part owner of the family business--one who is looking to sell the property. Beck cannot fathom why her father would put her into the position to lose everything they built together.

When Callie Peterson is named in the trust of a man she's never heard of, she's not sure what to do. Her fledgling business has just taken wing and her mother has reentered her life asking for help getting into rehab for her lifelong substance abuse issues, making Callie's financial situation rather . . . precarious. She's sure she has no right to someone else's farm, but the money from the sale could solve her problems and give her the stability she's always craved.

As these two women navigate their present conundrum, they will discover a complex and entangled past full of secrets--and the potential for a brighter future for both of them.

Amanda Cox is the author of The Edge of Belonging and The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery, both of which were the Christy Award Book of the Year in 2021 and 2022, respectively. She holds a bachelor's degree in Bible and theology and a master's degree in professional counseling, but her first love is communicating through story. Her studies and her interactions with hurting families over a decade have allowed her to create multidimensional characters that connect emotionally with readers. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with her husband and their three children. Learn more at AmandaCoxWrites.com. 

I'm not going to lie... I absolutely chose this book because of the cover before having a clue what it was actually about. I love bees, so it definitely captured my eye for that reason--- and having read previous books by the author certainly helped too. When I learned that this book dealt with a character who was agoraphobic? Being agoraphobic myself, I found myself even more looking forward to it.

Thankfully, this was one of those instances where judging a book by its cover actually paid off... it was such a beautifully written story of secrets, faith and healing. While I was looking forward to reading about an agoraphobic character, I was also a little apprehensive as sometimes mental health is not well portrayed in fiction--- especially in the case of Christian fiction, where unfortunately some still see mental illness as a lack of faith. Fortunately, I thought the author did a great job. While agoraphobia looks a little different for everyone, I felt like this portrayal was well done and something I certainly found myself relating to. I felt like therapy and professional help were talked about positively in this story. The story also took on several other different topics like addiction, abandonment and neglect, grief and a brief (non-detailed) mention of a sexual assault. Despite these heavier topics, it had a good balance that kept it from feeling like too much. Fern's character really added some great levity to the story, and I couldn't help but adore this sweet girl. 

Overall, this was a really beautifully told story and one that fans of Christian fiction are sure to want to check out. 


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