The Enlightenment of Bees by Rachel Linden: A Review

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ABOUT THE BOOK

The Enlightenment of Bees COVERTitle: The Enlightenment of Bees
Author:
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.

My Opinion 
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion
 
I couldn’t finish this book. It just really struck me the wrong way. It’s published by Thomas Nelson that has published some of my favorite inspirational fiction authors. Mia struck me as very naive and privileged. She could just quit her job and hope that her boyfriend of six years would propose to her. She could lie to get her way onto the humanitarian trip. She was sipping wine and sidecars. Oh or lose your suitcase no problem the millionaire that’s funding the trip will send you a suitcase full of designer clothes while you are in these third world countries. When I traveled to third world counties to do mission work, my clothes were all purchased from Goodwill. 
The book was just so off. I read all types of fiction but for what it is worth I would not classify this as a “Christian” fiction book. I get maybe going for the whole new age Christian but that’s not for me. 
I really really really really wanted to like this book but it ended up not being for me. Maybe I’ll to pick it back up in a few months. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachel Linden HI

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 LarksBecoming 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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