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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

WHAT'S THE BUZZ?: The Beekeeper's War by Deborah Carr - REVIEW!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

POST NUMBER 3 coming at you and the bookish fun does not stop!  Today, we're spreading a little pre book birthday BUZZ about a new title COMING SOON from One More Chapter / HarperCollins UK.  It's a Historical Fiction novel that will have you turning pages well into the night.  Seriously, it's THAT good!  You'll be invested in the characters from the start, create connections you never imagined, and will be following a lifetime as it unfolds with all its tragedy and beauty.  Ladies and gents, please keep your attention RIGHT HERE as we discover more about today's ebook of choice...

Deborah Carr
One More Chapter  |  HarperCollins UK

About the book...

Two wars
A secret that threatens to tear them apart


At the onset of war, Nurse Pru le Cuirot left her home in Jersey to care for injured soldiers at Ashbury Manor, Dorset. She wanted to do her bit but she never expected to meet American pilot, Jack Garland, so unlike any man she has ever met.

When Jack is sent on a dangerous mission and vanishes, Pru is forced to make an agonising decision… one that will haunt them both forever.


Another lifetime, but another war and Pru’s daughter Emma comes to Ashbury Manor. As Jersey falls to the Germans, Emma is fearful for her mother back home. And when she meets the mysterious beekeeper who lives in the grounds of the manor she finds herself caught up in a web of lies. As past and present collide, will the secrets of her mother’s life finally be resolved?


This story held my heart in it's papery hands every step of the way.  I was pulled in by Pru's time in Ashbury Manor.  The heartache, the hardships, the trials, and tribulations, all of it built such an amazing story anchored in history but showing more than simply the battlefields.  It showed the battles BEHIND the lines.  The fights to save those that were trying to save "us".  Those courageous souls that took to the skies, seas, and land passages in an attempt to secure a better tomorrow.  THIS is their story...or at least a fictitious one that reads like it could have been recollected first hand.  

The Ashbury's were kind enough to open their home to the war efforts, but it wasn't just a self-sacrificing gesture...they had experienced loss themselves, and were hoping against home that tragedy didn't visit them again.  When Monty arrives at the manor, he makes quite an impression on both the staff and readers.  He's a man of the upper class, and as such was offered privileges others were not...but he declined.  He was serving his country with his fellow countrymen, and knew the bigger picture he was a part of.  His number number one visitor, outside of his parents and the dedicated nursing staff, was Jack Garland.  The American pilot was a head turner, but his head only turned for well as his heart, despite all the barriers he places between them.  I get his motivation...war is not the best time make long term plans...but the heart wants what the heart wants, and some time is better than no time.  What's the old saying?  Better to have loved and lost, than to never have loved at all?

This is definitely illustrative of the love story at the center of everything.  Pru and Jack never had a chance to really explore what was between them, and the tragic events that followed were heartbreaking, as were the decisions made afterward.  When certain things come to light down the line, I must say, Pru's true character is revealed.  She is so much stronger, so much kinder, so much more than what we at first see, and what she gives herself credit for...but, the thing is, the time they DID have was MAGICAL.  It was enough to build memories that would last a lifetime, and a love that would never die.  Through all the dark days and sadness, there was HOPE.  There was LOVE.  There was a chance at a new tomorrow, whether everyone was there to spend it in the sun or simply there in spirit.  It goes to show just how much a part of us those we love become, and how we pass on the best of ourselves to the next generation when we live with love.

So embrace the day, and remember the past so we can learn for the future how to bring about a better tomorrow.  Historical Fiction fans...take note!


About the author...

USA Today bestseller Deborah Carr lives on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands with her husband and three rescue dogs. She became interested in books set in WW1 when researching her great-grandfather's time as a cavalryman in the 17th 21st Lancers.  She is one third of the Blonde Plotters writing group and was Deputy Editor on the online review site, for seven years.


Special thanks to Sara at One More Chapter for access to the ebook for review and bringing this title to my attention!  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, fell free to click through the links provided above.  This title is set to release TOMORROW (July 21, 2022), so mark your calendar and get ready to grab your copy post haste!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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