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The Beekeeper's Daughter

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  4,034 ratings  ·  463 reviews
A family rocked by tragedy, a love that lives through time, a story that will stay in your heart… The stunning new novel of love and secrets from the number one bestselling author Santa Montefiore.

Dorset, 1933: Grace Hamblin is growing up on a beautiful rural estate. The only child of the beekeeper, she knows her place and her future - until her father dies unexpectedly an
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Simon Schuster (first published April 1st 2014)
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Carmen Blankenship
I literally floated through this exquisitely written story in one Sunday morning. To say Santa Monteflore is talented would be sinful understatement. She has that ability to make you feel as if you can smell the flowers and hear the conversations.

To put it simply The Beekeepers Daughter made me smile. It was so refreshing to read writing of this caliber in a romance. While I kept flipping the pages to see what would happen next, I wasn't weighed down by that sense of dread of evil or something
Jessica Howard
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, romance
I would've liked this better if there'd been less infidelity. Call me old-fashioned... but that's not my idea of a great romance. :P
Mar 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Original review can be found at

This book had a lot of things that I really like in book. It went between different time frames to tell a story, there were unanswered questions, a war, and lost loves. How could I not like it?

As it turned out I did like it but there was something that was stopping me from loving it and I had a hard time figuring out what it was. Normally I will try to write my thoughts as soon as I finish a book but I took a little time to thi
Bethany Clark
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I would have to say that I am speechless, this book was utterly amazing on so many levels and I can't praise it enough.
I want to thank Net Galley and Simon and Schuster for an advanced copy of this book.

This book begin with Grace Hamblin growing up as a young girl, in England, the daughter of a Beekeeper. This book follows her life as she is growing up - her friendships and first love, and her love for bees.
Then one day her father passes and she feels alone in this world...
She is caught bet
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wonderful. I am not usually a fan of romantic fiction. But I had already discovered Santa Montefiore writings and lived what I had read ie the Castle Deverill series. This I enjoyed. I liked the characters, the story, the scenic setting - I could see it in my mind's eye - and it was unputdownable.
Sandra Danby
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I haven’t read any of Santa Montefiore’s books before, and if I’d seen the cover in a shop I doubt I would have picked it up: flowers, soft focus woman in a flowing dress. A bit twee for me. But I didn’t see the cover, I downloaded it from Net Galley. And it just goes to show how a cover can deter as well as attract, because I enjoyed the book. In a ‘I need an unchallenging read for a hot summer day when my brain isn’t fully-functioning’ kind of way.
I was 75% of the way through the book before I
RoseMary Achey
May 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Sometimes you need or want a book for pure relaxation. One where you don't have to keep up with an extended family tree, difficult and confusing names or lots of hidden meanings you fear missing. The Beekeeper's Daughter is a light romantic dual time story. If it were a movie, it would be shown on the Lifetime channel...are you catching my drift? Just as with Lifetime movies, you can pretty much figure out what is coming in the next chapters. Take it on the plane or bring it to the beach.
May 09, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a nice little story but had no depth. The story spanned several generations. It begins in the 1970's with bad girl Trixie's attraction to band leader Jasper. Then it switches to 1938 to tell the courtship of her parents, Freddie and Grace. The book ends in the 1990's and ties up all the loose ends between the past and present. This was much better than the last Santa Montefiore book. My criticism of it was there wasn't much depth to it. I never really got wrapped up in Trixie's story. T ...more
Colleen Turner
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I’ve read a few of Santa Montefiore’s novels and have always find them enjoyable. She has a wonderful way of transporting the reader to beautiful locations with a florid and alluring writing style that gets me every time. The stories are lighter reading with just enough drama and romance to keep the reader satisfied without pushing too far over into melodrama. In other words: perfect beach reading. After reading the synopsis of The Beekeeper’s Daughter I
Paula Sealey
If you are looking to be swept away by superb characters, beautifully described settings and a finely written romance (or two!), then this is the book for you!

In 1930's Dorset, young Grace is leading a happy life with her father, the local Beekeeper. When he dies unexpectedly, Grace has to find her place in life. Is it with her childhood friend Freddie, or Rufus, the man she loves from afar?

Moving forward to the 1970's and Grace is living in America with her husband and daughter, Trixie. Trixie,
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a read which will probably find its way into a lot of beach bags over the next few weeks. It is a really good read that is perfect for those times that you just want something to relax with and lose yourself in but not have to think too hard about, but with characters that you really like and care about.

Grace and her daughter Trixie share a love of beekeeping, something which has been passed down in the family. They also have something else in common, first loves which they cannot forget
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
First, thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.

I read this book pretty quickly. It was a storyline that was easy to read and enjoy. Questions were answered at the end and the storyline stayed on point quite well. I enjoyed the characters, particularly Grace and Trixie. Grace was a woman who faced trials with stoicism just as many of that generation did. I loved the female characters. However, the male characters were a
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
When I requested this book from netgalley it was because the premise seemed interesting. I'd never read Santa Montefiore before and was looking foward to it. It was an easy read and the plot was somewhat engaging [and the parts about the bees quite informative]. At times a 3, maybe even a 3 1/2, the book spiralled down. Ultimately defeated by its prose--worse when there were some romantic interludes. The first indication of dismay I had [groaning at the language out loud to myself] was on page 2 ...more
Lesia Joukova
I didn't get the feeling of epic romance from this one at all. I feel like all the characters couldn't properly communicate with each other which led to all of them having miserable lives. I mean, have a decent conversation 50 years ago and save yourselves from the pain. Geez.
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt drawn into the story from the very first chapter. The transitions between past and present are really well done and I had so much sympathy for some of the characters. A great read!
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has been such a positive surprise for me!
I had been staring at my bookshelf, trying to decide on what to read next, when it fell into my hands. It had been a Christmas present and my friend had bought it as a `Blind Date with a Book`. I remember us unwrapping it and agreeing that we wouldve never bought it. Anyway, I started reading the book a few days ago and quickly found myself engrossed in the story.

It is set in a small village England as well as a smallish island not too far fro
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books
I read the annotation about this book and thought I'd give it a chance. Normally, at the first hint of something that sounds like a romance novel, I opt out. I think it was the beekeeper theme and then, well, it was the only book I had on hand except for non-fiction and books I'd already read.

I wasn't expecting much, but WOW was I proved wrong. This story and Montefiore's writing have a depth WAY beyond my assumption of what I'd get out of this book. Yes, it's a romance novel, but not like "one
Gayle Slagle
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I can't say that I loved The Beekeeper's Daughter by Santa Montefiore, but I can't say that I hated it either. If you are looking for an easy-going, everything tied in nice little ribbons at the end, romance, then you will probably enjoy The Beekeeper's Daughter. It was sort of like reading a Life Time movie, and that is fine if that is what you enjoy. While the characters are interesting, they are not particularly well-developed. The story line is complicated at times, but there is not a lot of ...more
Elisabeth Bibbings
Another delightful, relaxing book, taking the reader from the Eastern American coast to deepest Dorset and back. This story follows mother and daughter, Grace and Trixie, showing how emotional history can repeat itself - in this case, with different generations of the same families. Holding all together is the figure of Grace's father, Arthur, the Beekeeper - even after death.

Highly recommended for a holiday read.
Kelly Whitaker
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this STORY. The writing/vocabulary was immature, but it was an easy read because of that. The relationships were hard to fathom, but the characters were interesting. On the positive side, it was not just a sequence of events. Everything connected together really well and it was not predictable. It also gives you a good taste of England in the 1930s and US in the 70s.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good solid book. It follows a two families from 1932 to 1990. It is about love found lost and found again and the perils of the lies we tell. It is rich evocative read abs at times spellbinding
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first read by Santa Montefiore and I wasn't disappointed. It was a charming read with charming characters and I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Infidelity is not romance. It is not to be celebrated or mourned as forbidden love. Call me old fashioned, but this was not a romance. I could almost guarantee most kids wouldn’t find out about it in a parent and feel bad for said parent’s lost love. Disappointed.
Margaret Bamford
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
A relaxing read that I enjoyed.
Heather Hyde
Apr 18, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 really not my style of novel, very much predictable love story but couldn't help but enjoy it! Don't think Santa Montefiore writes like she used to but they do have a certain Je ne sais qua!
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely novel, well written! Certainly an easy read
Ricki Treleaven
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This week I read The Beekeeper's Daughter by Santa Montefiore. I enjoy her books, and you can read my review of The French Gardener on my blog or Goodreads.

The Beekeeper's Daughter is one of my favorite multigenerational books ever. I absolutely love Grace (the beekeeper's daughter). She's a wonderful wife and mother, and the parallels her life and her daughter Trixie's life share are astonishing. Grace has kept a secret love hidden in her heart since World War II, and the details of the entire
Sep 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a light read with a happy ending, so a nice a book to conclude the summer season. The book has two dueling narratives. The first takes place in the 1930s-WWII era in rural England and focuses on the life of Grace Hamblin. Grace lives an idyllic life as the "bee keeper's daughter" on a large estate. She is very close to her father and learns the fine art of beekeeping. When he dies unexpectedly in his 40s, she is alone in the world as a teenager. She marries her childhood companion shortl ...more
Mar 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I was surprised and delighted by the writing of this author! It is beautiful, detailed, and has very descriptive settings.

The characters are multi-dimensional; I staredt out interested in them and began wanting to know more and more about them. And there is a lot to know. These characters have secrets in their pasts, recent grief, and the good and bad in love... however, as I've stated in past reviews, I know infidelity is true to life, but I don't consider it sexy or romantic - call me old-fash
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Born in England in 1970 Santa Montefiore grew up on a farm in Hampshire and was educated at Sherborne School for Girls. She read Spanish and Italian at Exeter University and spent much of the 90s in Buenos Aires, where her mother grew up. She converted to Judaism in 1998 and married historian Simon Sebag Montefiore in the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in London. They live with their two children, Lily ...more
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