Carter, Janice, The Beekeeper’s Daughter, (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2005).
Title: The Beekeeper’s Daughter
Author: Janice Carter
Issues: Gendered Expectations (Women); Parenthood
Just as ever bee returns to its hive…
She came home to help her dad. But Annie Collins never expected to run the family business on her own. Nor could she have guessed that the daughter she gave up at birth would seek her out.
Will Jennings never expected to find Ambrosia Apiary — a place that felt like home before he’d ever laid eyes on it — or to face the tragedy that made him quit firefighting.
Sometimes, though, the sweetest things happen when you least expect them…
There is a scene in The Beekeeper’s Daughter where the heroine, Annie Collins, explains how honeybees learn to identify their hive by memorizing the outside of it, so they can always find their way home.
That’s how firefighter Will Jennings felt when he drove into Ambrosia Apiary. As if he were coming home. Not only was he revisiting a boyhood fantasy about the family of beekeepers who lived and worked there, but he was finding a new life – something he both needed and wanted.
Annie’s return home to help out with the family beekeeping business, on the other hand, was supposed to be temporary – a respite from her old life in the city. Just when coming home is beginning to feel too permanent for Annie, a letter and a stranger arrive at her door on the same day, changing her life forever.
In the end, both Will and Annie learn – just like the honeybees – where home and heart can be found.