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The Resource Queen bee : a novel, Dorothea Benton Frank

Queen bee : a novel, Dorothea Benton Frank

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Queen bee : a novel
Title
Queen bee
Title remainder
a novel
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Dorothea Benton Frank
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eng
Summary
"Beekeeper Holly McNee Jensen quietly lives in a world of her own on Sullivan's Island, tending her hives and working at the local island library. Holly calls her mother The Queen Bee because she's a demanding hulk of a woman. Her mother, a devoted hypochondriac, might be unaware that she's quite ill but that doesn't stop her from tormenting Holly. To escape the drama, Holly's sister Leslie married and moved away, wanting little to do with island life. Holly's escape is to submerge herself in the lives of the two young boys next door and their widowed father, Archie. Her world is upended when the more flamboyant Leslie returns and both sisters, polar opposites, fixate on what's happening in their neighbor's home. Is Archie really in love with that awful ice queen of a woman? If Archie marries her, what will become of his little boys? Restless Leslie is desperate for validation after her imploded marriage, squandering her favors on any and all takers. Their mother ups her game in an uproarious and theatrical downward spiral. Scandalized Holly is talking to her honey bees a mile a minute, as though they'll give her a solution to all the chaos. Maybe they will"--
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  • Just as the queen bee is the undisputed ruler of a hive, so, too, is Holly’s overbearing mother the dominant female in a house that, until recently, also included Holly’s sister, Leslie. When Leslie married Charlie and moved away from their home on Sullivan’s Island, Holly’s role as the worker bee became more pronounced. As an avid amateur beekeeper, it’s a function Holly knows all too well. Luckily, she finds respite in caring for and about the young sons of her alluring widower neighbor. But when Archie marries a woman who is the epitome of the wicked stepmother, Holly struggles to oversee the boys’ best interests without jeopardizing her friendship with Archie. When Leslie’s marriage hits the skids after Charlie reveals his preference to live as a female impersonator in Las Vegas, Holly gets the emotional reinforcement she needs to deal with the queen bees at home and next door. Franks’ fanciful and frothy slice of Lowcountry life is a feel-good, read-in-one-sitting escapeHIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Benton has been delighting readers with tales of her native Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, for 20 years, and her newest will rally fans and all seeking diverting women's fiction. -- Carol Haggas (Reviewed 5/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 17, p66)
  • Bestseller Frank (By Invitation Only) shows off her formidable storytelling chops and her gift for creating memorable characters in this quirky and delightful Southern tale. Holly McNee Jensen, a teacher and beekeeper also caring for her demanding hypochondriac mother (whom she refers to as the Queen Bee), is marking time on tiny Sullivan’s Island, S.C. She falls hard for her widower neighbor, Archie MacLean, and his two sweet young sons, Tyler and Hunter, and all’s seemingly going well until Holly’s much-cosseted sister, Leslie, comes home, having left her husband over his penchant for crossdressing. Chaos reigns. Leslie and the Queen Bee travel to Las Vegas, and Holly gets a rude awakening when Archie marries someone else. In the end, Holly learns that happily-ever-after can come in the most unexpected of circumstances. A colorful supporting cast rounds out the story. Full of Low Country flavor and brilliantly imagined characters, this laugh-out-loud-hilarious novel with a wistful edge will satisfy anyone who wants to see flawed people getting second chances. Agent: Suzanne Gluck, William Morris Endeavor. (June) --Staff (Reviewed 05/27/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 21, p)
  • Holly lives quietly on Sullivan's Island, tending bees, tolerating her demanding mother, and helping widowed Archie next door with his two small boys. Then her over-the-top sister arrives, on the cusp of divorce and suddenly interested in Archie. With a 250,000-copy first printing. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 12/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 20, p46)
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10775903
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1951-2019
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Frank, Dorothea Benton
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Lowcountry tales (Dorothea Benton Frank)
Series volume
0012
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Women beekeepers
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Sisters
  • South Carolina
  • Sullivan's Island (S.C. : Island)
Target audience
general
Label
Queen bee : a novel, Dorothea Benton Frank
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 414 pages
Isbn
9780062959065
Isbn Type
(bam paperback exclusive)
Lccn
2019010862
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1048936648
Label
Queen bee : a novel, Dorothea Benton Frank
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 414 pages
Isbn
9780062959065
Isbn Type
(bam paperback exclusive)
Lccn
2019010862
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1048936648

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