August 9, 2019

The Enlightenment of Bees


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Title: The Enlightenment of Bees 
Author: Rachel Linden  
Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
Release Date: July 9, 2019  
Genre: Women's Fiction

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 first love—her boyfriend, Ethan—by her side. But when Ethan declares he “needs some space,” Mia’s carefully planned future crumbles.

Feeling adrift, Mia joins her vivacious housemate Rosie on a humanitarian trip around the world funded by a reclusive billionaire. Along with a famous grunge rock star, a Rwandan immigrant, and an unsettlingly attractive Hawaiian urban farmer named Kai, Mia and Rosie embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

From the slums of Mumbai to a Hungarian border camp during the refugee crisis, Mia’s heart is challenged and changed in astonishing ways—ways she never could have imagined. As she grapples with how to make a difference in a complicated world, Mia realizes she must choose between the life she thought she wanted and the life unfolding before her.

In a romantic adventure across the globe, The Enlightenment of Bees beautifully explores what it means to find the sweet spot in life where our greatest passions meet the world’s greatest need.


We all know what it’s like when life goes awry, and we long to find a new path and focus. Such is the case with Mia West in The Enlightenment of Bees.

Mia wants a purpose—to create at least a small difference in the lives of others—so she and her housemate travel the world on a humanitarian mission. In the process, Mia finds out who she really is and her true purpose and passion.

I am an avid traveler, so I was initially intrigued by the world traveling aspect of the blurb. This story is so much more than an exciting, roving adventure, though. It has inspired me to examine my own life, my own dreams, desires, and passions, and to recognize when uncertainty or fear holds me back.

This is the first book I’ve read by Rachel Linden. Although I’m not usually fond of present-tense narration, it doesn’t distract me and works well in this story. Ms. Linden is a good storyteller. Her descriptions are vivid, and the plot is interesting and stirring.

“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.”

Source: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author and NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.




Rachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures in over fifty countries around the world provide excellent grist for her writing. She is the author of Ascension of Larks, Becoming the Talbot Sisters, and The Enlightenment of Bees. Currently, Rachel lives with her family in Seattle, Washington, where she enjoys creating stories about hope, courage, and connection with a hint of romance and a touch of whimsy.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Cover Lover! So glad you enjoyed The Enlightenment of Bees! It's a story close to my heart with lots of autobiographical elements. I was broken up with, chased by a shark, volunteered as an aid worker at the Rozske refugee camp, and the character of Nana Alice is based on my own 92 year old Grandma Sally's late in life romance. Thanks for reading!


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