The Enlightenment of Bees Book Cover

Title: The Enlightenment of Bees
Author: Rachel Linden
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2019
Summary: At 26, Mia West has her entire life planned out, but those future plans crumble when her boyfriend Ethan breaks up with Mia instead of proposing after six years of dating. Guided by recurring dreams about honeybees, a devastated Mia is determined to find new meaning in her life by joining her roommate and best friend Rosie on an around-the-world humanitarian trip to help those in need.

Disclaimer: We received a copy of this book from the publisher.

Where the Bees At?

If you were looking for a book to satiate your love for bees, then keep it moving ‘cause this ain’t it chief. Although I am not a big bee person, I was looking forward to reading The Enlightenment of Bees for if nothing else, its beautiful book cover. However, while reading The Enlightenment of Bees, I was disappointed by how the bee theme was implemented throughout the story.

In the beginning the bees appear in Mia’s dreams as an omen or warning of things to come, which I really enjoyed as someone who doesn’t dream very often, but when I do they are vivid and seem like they are trying to tell me something. For the majority of the book after those initial dreams, there was no mention of bees until towards the end of the story. When the bees comes back into the story it seems like they were only shoehorned in to make the book title more relevant.

Previous Read, Is That You?

Reading The Enlightenment of Bees definitely gave me serious Eat Pray Love vibes. Similar to Elizabeth Gilbert, Mia West experiences a traumatic end to a relationship and looks to an exotic situation to put her back on the path of discovering herself. Also, there is a sprinkling of religion throughout the text, which is obvious in a book entitled Eat Pray Love, but might be a surprise in a book entitled The Enlightenment of Bees; although, the religious mentions in this novel are not grand.

There are a few references to Mia’s idol Mother Teresa, and Mia more than occasionally references Saint Mia alla Anastasia Steele’s reference to her Inner Goddess. The interesting thing to me was how I was beyond irritated while reading Gilbert’s memoir, but I found The Enlightenment of Bees engaging from beginning to end. It also gave me a superficial dash of The Kiss Quotient because of the budding love interest between Mia and Kai.

Overall Opinion

I would have never picked up this book on my own because I am not a bee enthusiast and the premise did not grab me either, so I am glad that I was able to receive the ARC and experience The Enlightenment of Bees. If you are looking for a light, easy, breezy read with a little romance with some “finding your path in life” introspection, then I would highly recommend giving The Enlightenment of Bees a read. If you are looking for a book where bees are heavily centered in the story, then keep on walking because you won’t find that here.

The Final Grade

Page Turner: Although I do not consider The Enlightenment of Bees to be a must-read book, it is a good read that kept my attention the entire time. However, I was disappointed by the lack of bees in the story.

Your Turn

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