Why did I love this book?
My favorite stories crook a finger and draw me deep into the characters and their worlds. The world of refugees from the Syrian civil war is filled with horror, grief, and pain, as you might expect, but this book…this book is beautiful, and it’s among the best novels I’ve read. A beekeeper and his wife – a blind artist – flee Aleppo for a chance of survival and the ever-dwindling hope of a new life in the UK. Threads from past and present weave seamlessly around each other like a bee from flower to hive to flower. I ached for these characters, but I also felt so present it was like walking through the fields of lavender and tasting the honey. My stepfather kept bees, so I also enjoyed that connection.