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The Wedding Bees: A Novel of Honey, Love, and Manners

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Sugar Wallace did not believe in love at first sight, but her bees did. . . .

Every spring Sugar Wallace coaxes her sleepy honeybee queen—presently the sixth in a long line of Queen Elizabeths—out of the hive and lets her crawl around a treasured old map. Wherever the queen stops is their next destination, and this year it's New York City.

Sugar sets up her honeybees on the
Paperback, 340 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published March 1st 2013)
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Loved this sweet story of Sugar, her bees, and the quirky occupants of the apartment building she moved into. A light, fun read, I didn't want to end. Loved the characters. Fans of Sarah Addison Allen and Barbara ONeal will enjoy this story with a bit of magical realism.
THE WEDDING BEES was a wonderful Sunday afternoon read along with a glass or two of New Zealand Pinot Noir – author Sarah-Kate Lynch is from NZ after all.

I really related to the subject of bee keeping because we had a hive in our back yard – not ours we were just minding it as we had a particular flowering tree in our yard. I asked the bee keeper if there was anything I needed to do (other than let them run free in my trees) and he said all I had to do was go down to the hive and chat to them e
Katie/Doing Dewey
Jun 29, 2014 Katie/Doing Dewey rated it really liked it
As Leah at Books Speak Volumes once described a book, starting The Wedding Bees was like sinking into a warm bath. The writing is just so beautiful! It’s lovely, warm, vivid, charming – perfect for the story of a Southern girl like Sugar. When I first read a post by Kayla at The Thousand Lives, I didn’t get what she meant about wanting authors to write with more color. Since then, I’ve read several books, including this one, where the author describes things using more color. And I love it! The ...more
Jan 13, 2015 Gina rated it really liked it
Adorable! Made the reader feel good inside and wrapped up everything in a pretty box which is exactly the way I like it.
Penny McGill
Feb 22, 2014 Penny McGill rated it it was amazing
Going to have to put this one in the category of 'all-time-favourites' because the author strikes an incredible balance between too quirky and just quirky enough. The bees in this story are actual bees as the main character makes her living by being a bee keeper and selling the things she makes from honey and pollen. That should attract all of the slow food folks, I hope.. because this book is the kind of vacation from everyday that all people deserve.

I always like a book where the author is abl
As women, I feel that too often we care for and nurture others, but hide the places within ourselves that need soothed. That describes Cheri-Lynn "Sugar" Wallace. Following her departure from Charleston, SC, she and her bees have followed the whim of the queen bee and moved to somewhere new each year. Her latest address is in "Alphabet City", a diverse cultural section of New York City. Filled with personalities, Sugar befriends and guides her neighbors. She blesses them with fellowship and ...more
Jul 27, 2016 Kathryn rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Such a fun read. A little bit of magic with the bees along with friendship and love. A light read perfect for hot summer days.
What a delightful book! I picked this up at a time when I needed something sweet and uplifting to read―this turned out to be the perfect thing, The characters are wonderfully drawn, quirky though still realistic enough to make you feel they could be people you might know and the writing is witty but wise, a difficult combination to achieve in my opinion. Ms. Lynch also has a true gift for atmosphere, I felt as though I were there in Manhattan's bohemian Alphabet City or in Charleston, breathing ...more
Sep 12, 2015 Nynke-Boudien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honingzoete dagen vond ik een heel erg leuk en verrassend boek! Geen typische chicklit, maar een fijn verhaal dat je soms het gevoel van een sprookje geeft. Kan niet anders dan dat je hoofdpersoon Sugar en haar bijen in je hart sluit na het lezen van dit boek.
Apr 23, 2014 Sezza rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Started at 7am and stayed in bed reading till I finished at 1pm, which is pretty much unheard of for me. Such loveable characters, I laughed and I cried. And I am left wanting more.
May 26, 2016 Sophie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ik moest even in het verhaal komen in het begin maar het einde van het boek maakt dat meer dan goed!
Sep 16, 2015 Krystal rated it really liked it
Such a cute book! It's about kindness, what it means to be a neighbor and friend and enjoying life. Made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I finished it;)
Sharon Redfern
Feb 03, 2014 Sharon Redfern rated it it was amazing
This is such a charming book that I was sad to see it end. Sugar Wallace has landed in NYC and moves into a fifth floor apartment in a marginal area of the city. While moving in, she helps an elderly man who falls in the park and meets the handsome man standing next to him named Theo Fitzgerald. Sugar had a bad experience with romance years before and even though she feels a spark when she meets Theo, she rebuffs his attempts to develop a relationship.
Sugar's bees are sort of her guardian angel
Alicia Prevost
Mar 21, 2014 Alicia Prevost rated it really liked it
Well this book was...quirky. And entirely charming.

In short, it wasn't at all what I expected, it was better.

Honestly, I went in thinking fun little chick lit, and it is. It so very much reads like a modern day fairy tale. The love story, how it plays out, how the bees play into it all, it's like a Disney movie for grown ups.

But with so much more depth than I ever imagined. The characters that make up this story are all so vivid and complex and fun to get to know. They all have so much baggage a
Jun 29, 2016 Heidi rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club-books
I don’t know what it is about honey bees but I love stories with honey bees as characters. This one was no different. I liked how the queen bee is given a name and a personality but found the few passages from her point of view a little disappointing. I would have liked to have been left to intuit her thoughts for myself and only seen her actions as she led the bees. It would have added more to the conflict. As it was I wasn’t overly concerned about Sugar’s bee dilemma because Elizabeth the ...more
Oct 14, 2014 Kaye rated it it was amazing
I loved this book to the moon and back. Fun quirky characters living in a delightful old house turned into apartments in Alphabet City, NY, food, and even a taste of the south. All things I love. And some hysterical dialogue. It's a funny story without trying too hard to be funny. It's sweet without being overly so. I think it's "just right." And the bees! Oh my, I fell totally head over heals in love with the bees.

I think this was the first books I've read by Sarah-Kate Lynch, but I'm going to
Mar 16, 2016 Leslie rated it it was amazing
I needed a light read to lift my spirits and this book fit the bill. Sugar was definitely different and I loved her. I am now in the mood for honey and biscuits and a trip to Charleston. And I want to go out and volunteer for something. This is a feel good book and I plan to re-read it sometime soon.
Cathy Daniel
May 13, 2014 Cathy Daniel rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Cutest story ever and funny too! Just turned me to mush :D this would be the perfect chick flick! I want to see this made into a movie! I've already ordered another book by this author!
Menna Praag
Sep 30, 2014 Menna Praag rated it it was amazing
I adored this book!! Perfect blend of enchanting & magical - now I'm filling my shelves with the rest of her books, I'm delighted to see she's written LOTS more, I'm sure they'll all be wonderful!!
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Sugar "Honey" Wallace never believed that she could ever find love again. In fact, she had only one mission in life and that was to keep moving as often as her bee's provided a new location. She never imagined that all of her running would end when she arrived in Manhattan armed with nothing but a hive of sixth generation bee's, a birdbath, and the supplies of honey that she intends to sell. While she was trying to locate a place to park with her friend Jay, a homeless man ran out in front of ...more
Dec 28, 2014 K rated it really liked it
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Reading reviews of this book, I was reminded of the contemporary Southern magic realism of Sarah Addison Allen and early Alice Hoffman (a la ‘Practical Magic’.) I love that this is written by a New Zealand writer, as I have made an effort to read the works of New Zealanders in 2014.

Although set in New York, this sweet little novel does have the same sense of Southern charm as these works, with a splash of ‘Pushing Daisies’ and ‘Hart of Dixie’ thro
Jun 16, 2016 Marleen rated it it was amazing
Haven’t read such a delightful book in a long time. Right from the very start this feel-good story had a most unique atmosphere to it. A thirty-ish well-mannered Southern woman named Sugar arrives in New York with her bees - as she does every year for the past fifteen - moving to a new place to live, to keep her bees and to make honey. There’s a reason Sugar hasn’t returned to her native Charleston in fifteen years, and thanks to her bunch of quirky and endearing New York neighbors, and to a ...more
Feb 24, 2016 Lynn rated it really liked it
OK, I admit it, magical reality is my guilty-secret pleasure. This book was so much fun to read. Great atmosphere, likeable (mostly) characters, a secret slowly revealed, kindness and bees. What else would anyone want? Granted, it's an old-fashioned romance which is not usually my choice but everything else fits together so smoothly that it's very hard to put this book down and go back to a usual life and the usual people. I love books where the protagonist has the super-power of being able to ...more
Teresa Osgood
Apr 27, 2015 Teresa Osgood rated it it was ok
Sugar Wallace is full of sweetness and light. She sees the good in others, and brings it out with her good manners and home-grown honey. Like most good-doers, she finds it difficult to accept service from others, but it is only through her friends' help that she can confront the pain of her past and move on to a brighter future. For that, I would recommend this story to the service-minded people I know. Except . . .

To point up Sugar's sweetness, I suppose, her neighbors and past associates are a
Mindy Conde
Feb 23, 2016 Mindy Conde rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
This was a fun and quick read. It had a lot of fun and quirky characters, which added a lot of interest and variety. Sadly though, I have to admit that the main love interest was a bit infuriating for a good one to two thirds of the novel. Our main character, Sugar, is great at doling out advice, but she is absolutely awful at managing her own love life and I basically wanted to wring her neck for being such an idiot for so long. During these moments though there were lots of other things going ...more
Abby Welker
Mar 19, 2015 Abby Welker rated it it was ok
I really, really wanted to like this book, I did. I can't even really give it 2 stars - it's more of a 1.5...awful but had some likeable moments. How is this book getting an average 3.91 stars?! Who is giving this book high marks?! The writing was AWFUL, the story development was rough, the characters were okay, and then it all fell apart in the last half when the bees started "helping" Sugar by swarming over to Theo's. That's when my eye rolling began and it didn't stop until the book was over. ...more
What a honey of a book. I was originally enticed into this book by the US edition with its warm tones, however as I read the book I came to love this cover too. Sugar is a treasure and the amazing 'family' of people she gathered around her was endearing and satisfying. As it says on the cover - a novel of honey, love and manners. So this book if read would probably up the sales of many honey places, I know I have googled it and may yet spend some serious money on some items.

So The Wedding Bees -
Feb 23, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
after the sadness of Girls Like Us I needed something that was nothing but uplifting, sweet fun and this was just the ticket. I came across it as a Goodreads recommendation if I liked Sarah Addison Allen, and indeed it had a similar tone and flavor. Sugar's bees have a special connection to her that is, if not magical, definitely special (and anthropomorphic). Charming and sweet as golden honey itself.
Jennifer Gallagher
Jul 13, 2016 Jennifer Gallagher rated it it was amazing
Five hundred stars if I could! This was a lovely, magical, heartwarming book. Sugar is an urban beekeeper and she's recently moved to New York City when she meets Theo. Sugar's life revolves around her bees and she doesn't have time for love. But her bees - and her madcap group of totally endearing neighbors - have other plans. This is a book of self discovery and realizing that you can't do anything alone, no matter how hard you try. I loved the writing, the characters (especially Queen ...more
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Sarah-Kate Lynch is quite a cranky journalist of several decades who prefers making things up to recording them accurately. This is not very good if you are a journalist, which may explain (a) the crankiness and (b) why she now writes novels.

She also writes two columns in the New Zealand Woman's Day, New Zealand's best-selling weekly magazine. One is about nothing and the other is about travel.

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