The Beekeeper's Ball : Bella Vista Chronicles

  • by Susan Wiggs
  • Narrated by Christina Traister
  • Series: Bella Vista Chronicles
  • 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Susan Wiggs returns to sun-drenched Bella Vista, where the land's bounty yields a rich harvest… and family secrets that have long been buried. Isabel Johansen, a celebrated chef who grew up in the sleepy Sonoma town of Archangel, is transforming her childhood home into a destination cooking school - a unique place for other dreamers to come and learn the culinary arts. Bella Vista's rambling mission-style hacienda, with its working apple orchards, bountiful gardens and beehives, is the idyllic venue for Isabel's project… and the perfect place for her to forget the past. But Isabel's carefully ordered plans begin to go awry when swaggering, war-torn journalist Cormac O'Neill arrives to dig up old history. He's always been better at exposing the lives of others than showing his own closely guarded heart, but the pleasures of small-town life and the searing sensuality of Isabel's kitchen coax him into revealing a few truths of his own. The dreamy sweetness of summer is the perfect time of year for a grand family wedding and the enchanting Beekeeper's Ball, bringing emotions to a head in a story where the past and present collide to create an unexpected new future. From "one of the best observers of stories of the heart" (Salem Statesman-Journal), The Beekeeper's Ball is an exquisite and richly imagined novel of the secrets that keep us from finding our way, the ties binding us to family and home, and the indelible imprint love can make on the human heart.


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Audible insisted that I put in a rating for the story so I put in one star but because I didn't finish the book, I can't really say. The narrator put me off to the point that I couldn't continue. When narrating a women's voice, Christina Traister did just fine but when she was narrating the main character's potential love interest I wanted to tear my hair out. It was done in a low monotone that made the character seem like milk toast. I wanted to shake him. I listen to so many books that it has become more and more clear to me that if the narration is not good, it doesn't matter how good the book is. It is ruined. When I finish a book and really don't remember the narrator but just the story, I think they have done their job. Occasionally, a narrator will be excellent at the opposite sex's voices or in doing accents and I will have to acknowledge a job well done.

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- Sherwood

This is more about WW II than a romance book to me

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Sorry but I did not finish this audio book (I made it 3/4 through). I was under the impression this was a romance book, but it was more of a story that was about WW II, the re-telling of WW II events through the grandfather, and his experience of Germany overtaking the Danish, the Danish resistance, and Danish Jewish people. I was looking for a romance book, not a WW II book, very disappointed. Also the story was extremely drawn out, very long, I kept waiting for it to get going, get better, so I just gave up and quit.

What could Susan Wiggs have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

LIST this book AS of a story about the Danish resistance WW II book, NOT A ROMANCE BOOK.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?


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LIST this book AS of a story about the Danish resistance WW II book, NOT a true ROMANCE BOOK. I would say the book is 3/4 a story about the WW II Danish resistance, and 1/4 a story about romance.

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- TammieK

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-24-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio