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The Honey Queen

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  597 ratings  ·  105 reviews
To discover the sweetest things in life, you sometimes have to lose your way…

It’s easy to fall in love with the beautiful town of Redstone – the locals wave and chat to each other, the shops and cafes are full of cheerful hustle and bustle. And amidst all this activity, two women believe they are getting on just fine.

Francesca’s boundless energy help her to take everything
Hardcover, 406 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by HarperCollins (first published February 1st 2013)
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Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
Whilst this was only the second book written by Cathy Kelly that I've picked up, I was very excited to see what it was like. Cathy Kelly has already got a firm place in my mind as an author that I can turn to when I want something that I can really get absorbed into. This is a book that I felt I could unwind with and read all day.

Though this is a book that I could easily relax with, that doesn't mean that it's lacking in substance. Kelly seems to have an ability to hook you in and feel comfortab
Monique Mulligan
Cathy Kelly has a knack of writing feel-good novels perfect for curling up with and her latest offering The Honey Queen is no different. It’s the kind of book that gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling … much like a nice drop of wine. I read this after a few particularly emotive novels and it proved to be just what I needed.

The Honey Queen weaves a number of different characters and lives together in the Irish town of Redstone. It’s a friendly place where the locals wave and chat to each other, the sh
Rachel Gilbey
I found The Honey Queen a very slow to get into book. It is the stories of Lillie, Frankie and Seth, Opal and Ned, Meredith, Peggy and Kathleen, and Freya.

Those are all the main characters and that is a lot of characters to get to grips with, especially when they aren't especially interwoven.

I think this book would have almost been better had it been 4 or 5 shorter stories dealing with each set of characters and then a few overlap chapters. Would have definitely made it easier to remember what
Anita Johnson
I read this in Ireland, which made the story more personal. Cathy Kelly is probably my favorite author and I have loved every one of her books. I bought this in Dublin since our local library doesn't have it and it was probably the best buy I got in the country.
Liz Balaam
Cathy Kelly draws you into life in a rural Irish village in her own inimitable way. Her characters are as usual a mixture of happy and sad, downtrodden, upbeat and madcap people, who come to know each other and share their loves, lives, troubles and joys throughout the book. I just love Cathy Kelly books, and she truly is the Queen of Irish Women's fiction. However, the only problem I had with the book was the title. I thought there would be more of bees and beekeeping, but this really only popp ...more
Bev Taylor
frankie is head of hr. she and her husband buy a dream victorian house which needs a lot of work then he is made redundant and slips into deep depression

peggy is opening her own knitting shop in town and trying to leave her past behind

franke is 14 going on 40 with a mother who left her with her aunt and uncle who she now treats as her parents.

lillie is the friend everyone needs. arriving from australia after the death of her husband and discovering she has a half brother after she was given u
Siti Hajar
It's very rare for me to pick up a "chick lit" book but I always make an exception when it comes to Cathy Kelly. Whenever she comes up with a new one, I would buy it without any further thought because I know I will enjoy it no matter. This book is no exception.

Similar to all her other books, it's set in a place called Redstone in Ireland where behind the beautiful surroundings, the residents held secrets. Of course, this book is centered around one person who would be like a guardian angel to t
This was a really light and enjoyable read. I got to like the many characters for their good spirit, honesty, struggles and triumphs. I loved the hint of Irish humour and their warm ways and sayings. This was one of those feel good books that had me wanting to return to with lots of happy endings.
A lovely warm, reassuring "feel good" book, It was so reminiscent of Maeve Binchy with life in a small Irish community and a wealth of characters whose lives were interwoven. The characters and story lines are so well drawn and well handled, the book never became confusing - and all ended happily!
Although not being a bad book, there are too many characters in it to be able to get close enough to any of them. I enjoyed the read, but could have done with getting deeper into some stories and skipping others altogether. The end is far too easy to predict.
Feb 20, 2014 Nicki added it
Shelves: gave-up
Done with this book. People are comparing it to Maeve Binchy. An author I always found boring. Too gentle and convenient. Damn, and I normally like Cathy's books. This one is just too quaint for me.
Multiple points of view of people in a small Irish town.
Lillie - widow goes from Australia to meet her long lost half brother Seth and his wife Frankie. Found their parts pretty boring. Opal who has grown children including her daughter Meredith who's story is told (recently lost everything - her business partners were running a ponzi scheme) and her son David who's story intertwines with Peggy who has just started a yarn business and feels she can't form relationships because she had an abusiv
A truly awesome read..I lost myself in the characters and already miss them.
This is my first Cathy Kelly book to read and I'm really glad I decided to pick it up and read it as I really enjoyed it. Even before picking it up in a car-boot sale, I had seen this book in various shops and the beautiful cover and the lovely title constantly called out to me, and obviously for a reason!

Everything about Redstone reminds me of any Irish villages/towns you can end up travelling through when driving through Ireland. The close-knit community and the welcoming of newcomers is all s
Kathryn Laceby
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

I am still feeling the warm and fuzzies from this novel. I think there’s something enchanting about Cathy Kelly’s writing- she puts warmth into her characters and gives them instant personality and appeal. You can’t help but feel attached to them from the moment they are introduced and I always feel a little sad when her stories come to their eventual conclusion.

The other charming thing about Cathy Kelly is the way that she weaves the stories together until al
Dale Harcombe
Four and a half stars. A good light read, despite dealing with some serious issues. Just what I needed at the time. Sometimes you just want a book that leaves you with a warm satisfied feeling and with likeable characters you care about. If that’s what you’re looking for then The Honey Queen will fit the bill. In Australia, Lillie’s husband has recently died and she is struggling to come to terms with that when she finds out she has a half brother and his family in Ireland. After finding this br ...more
Rea Sinfield
The Honey Queen is my first book by Cathy Kelly. The cover is so delicate and fresh looking it is a perfect cover to compliment a beautiful book.

There are many different characters in this book each who have their own story-line to bring to this fantastic book. Although the story-lines are separate they all run alongside each other smoothly and you see each of the characters weave in and out of each others story-line. I was a little worried when the book began because you would just get into the
Liberty Gilmore
This isn’t the sort of thing I usually pick up, but as it was sent for review, I thought I’d give it a go. I do like to ensure I’m reading a diverse range of things and not just sticking in my comfort zone, as that allows you to discover other great writers and storytellers.

It wasn’t a gripping, suck you in and hold you there until you’ve turned the final page sort of read – more a slow gentle one. A cup of tea rather than a double espresso. But sometimes a cup of tea can be nice.

The strength of
Megan Readinginthesunshine
I will start off by saying I’m a fan of Cathy Kelly’s work, I have always liked her novels and so I was looking forward to her latest release.

The Honey Queen was a wonderful read! What I liked most about the story was that it could be read at whatever pace you feel comfortable with. There were times I raced through chapters of the book but most of the time I enjoyed taking the time to sit down for the afternoon, relax and read at a leisurely pace. Cathy Kelly is very talented as a writer, she ha
Review originally posted on my blog:

When 64-year-old Lillie discovers that she has a half-brother in her biological family's home country of Ireland, it doesn't take much persuasion for her to make the leap over from Australia to visit him and find out more about her relatives. The change of scenery is exactly what she needs as the recent loss of her longtime husband and best friend is weighing heavy on her.

With Lillie's arrival comes a breath of fresh air
I was a big Cathy Kelly fan years ago, but after 5 books or so, the formula got boring and I stopped picking up her latest.

I was in the mood for a good weekend read and found this at the library and was excited. It'd be so long and I recall how hours would vanish when I'd read a few of her others.

I didn't finish this one. I gave up at page 106. Too many characters with too many problems. I lost track of them and there hadn't been any reason to actually care about them. Peggy was interesting, but
This is a lovely book, without being twee. It deals with the perennial issues of love, loss and redemption, with a cast of believable characters. The recently widowed Australian, Lillie, discovers that she has a brother living in Ireland. She makes a journey to visit him and his wife and learn about her Irish heritage. This helps Lillie come to terms with being given up for adoption at birth and understanding what might have led to this and gives her the space to grieve for her husband without t ...more
I love Irish writers. They introduce you to several people, their families and the difficulties they are facing, and how they, mostly, overcome them. At the beginning you feel like their are too many characters, but at the end you feel like part of the family. Left me with a smile on my face!
Jackie Mceachern
After reading a Cathy Kelly book, I always wish I lived in the warm community of people that she describes. This book definitely fit that pattern. Things tie up pretty neatly at the end but I still enjoyed meeting the characters, following their lives and I wish I could drop in for a cu pof tea!
Suomeksi mehiläiskuningatar. Ihan kivaa kesähömppää Kellyltä, tyypilliseen tapaan monta tarinaa jotka risteävät toisiaan ja kertovat ihmissuhteista, vaikeuksista ja niistä selviämisestä. Oli ehkä vähän parempi kuin monet muut hänen kirjansa joissa tuppaa olemaan se vika etteivät ne juuri jää mieleen. Mutta kivaa ajankulua kuitenkin.
A nice easy read, feel good novel. It always takes me a few chapters to buy into the characters and their stories but by the time I reach the end, I am always sorry when I have read the last page!
As always, Cathy paints a picture of everyday life that one can relate to, and wishes they could inhabit. She is a treasure, and her ability to capture the small, sweet moments of life are sublime.
A village full of characters whose lives keep you interested. The honey bee part was a little inconsistent, but it did not detract from the story.
Very sweet, feel-good story. Interesting characters and a good read for a journey. I read this travelling home to Switzerland from Glasgow.
Val Dyson
Enjoyed this book. A story about different people with different problems all in one place. They all link together through one visitor.
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Born in Belfast but raised in Dublin, Cathy initially worked for thirteen years as a newspaper journalist with a national Irish Sunday newspaper, where she worked in news, features, along with spending time as an agony aunt and the paper’s film critic. However, her overwhelming love was always fiction and she published her first international bestseller, Woman To Woman, in 1997. She did not become ...more
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