I'm not usually an amish fiction fan, but this book intrigued me because of the bee keeping written into the story line, and also I felt the need for a mental vacation. I usually read for information, and even if it's agrarian, which I love, it's still mentally taxing. This book was refreshing. In fact, I fell in love with Phineas King. The character development by Kelly Irvin was fantastic.
I had a hard time putting this novel down and read it in less than two days, which, given my hectic days, tells you I certainly did immerse in the story and escape. I really got emotionally involved with the main characters. The Beekeeper's Son was well written and enjoyable.
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased, online, written review.
Phineas King knows better than to expect anything but shock and pity wherever he shows his face. Horribly scarred from the tragic accident that claimed his mother’s life, he chooses to keep his distance from everyone, focusing his time and energy on the bees his family raises. If no one sees him, no one can judge him. So why does he start finding excuses to seek out Deborah Lantz, the beautiful new arrival in town?
Deborah can’t get out of Bee County, Texas, soon enough. Once her mother and younger siblings are settled, she is on the first bus out of this dusty town. She is only waiting on the letter from Aaron, asking her to return to lush Tennessee to be his fraa. But that letter never comes. As she spends time getting to know Phineas—hoping to uncover the man beneath the scars—she begins to realize that she no longer minds that Aaron hasn’t sent for her.
As both Deborah and Phineas try to come to terms with lives that haven’t turned out the way they imagined, they discover that perhaps Gott’s plans for them are more extraordinary than they could have dreamed. But they need to let go of their own past sorrows and disappointments to find the joy and beauty that lies just ahead for them both.