Book Review, Contemporary

Book Review – The Enlightenment of Bees

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Title: The Enlightenment of Bees
Rachel Linden
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date:
July 9, 2019
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Sometimes a shattered dream leads to an amazing journey.

At twenty-six, apprentice baker Mia West has her entire life planned out: a Craftsman cottage in Seattle, a job baking at The Butter Emporium, and her first love—her boyfriend, Ethan—by her side. But when Ethan declares he “needs some space,” Mia’s carefully planned future crumbles.

Feeling adrift, Mia joins her vivacious housemate Rosie on a humanitarian trip around the world funded by a reclusive billionaire. Along with a famous grunge rock star, a Rwandan immigrant, and an unsettlingly attractive Hawaiian urban farmer named Kai, Mia and Rosie embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

From the slums of Mumbai to a Hungarian border camp during the refugee crisis, Mia’s heart is challenged and changed in astonishing ways—ways she never could have imagined. As she grapples with how to make a difference in a complicated world, Mia realizes she must choose between the life she thought she wanted and the life unfolding before her.

In a romantic adventure across the globe, The Enlightenment of Bees beautifully explores what it means to find the sweet spot in life where our greatest passions meet the world’s greatest need.

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My Thoughts

I loved this book from the first chapter! The author writes “delicious foodie lingo”, because Mia loves to bake, and this is definitely only one of the many things that captured my attention!

Mia is a delight. I felt for her sorrow as she is dumped by her boyfriend of six years. She’s left adrift, floating along in her life without purpose. Then she is reminded of her earlier desire to travel…and away she goes! (Yes, travel is also a dream of mine, so I gladly went along for the ride!)

This traveling…Mia’s best friend Rosie is going on a humanitarian trip, and so she asks Mia to go along.

I’m still trying to decide what I thought of this whole trip. It seemed just a bit fancy…or ritzy…or something…for people who are traveling on a trip of this nature. Maybe not entirely realistic?

Mia is trying to find her new purpose in life. How can she best use her interests to help others? I enjoyed seeing her growth throughout this book.

And what about those bees?! Yes, this is definitely a question I was asking at the beginning. I was a bit surprised as to how those were tied in. I think I’ll leave it at that.

If you enjoy stories about food…about baking…or about travel, you might enjoy this book!

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


Rachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures in over fifty countries around the world provide excellent grist for her writing. She is the author of Ascension of Larks, Becoming the Talbot Sisters, and The Enlightenment of Bees. Currently, Rachel lives with her family in Seattle, Washington, where she enjoys creating stories about hope, courage, and connection with a hint of romance and a touch of whimsy.

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4 thoughts on “Book Review – The Enlightenment of Bees”

  1. Hi Roslyn, so glad you enjoyed The Enlightenment of Bees! It’s a story close to my heart with lots of autobiographical elements. I was broken up with, chased by a shark, volunteered as an aid worker at the Roszke refugee camp, and the character of Nana Alice is based on my own 92 year old Grandma Sally’s late in life romance! Thanks for reading!

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