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22 July 2022

Book Review: The Beekeeper at Elderflower Grove by Jaimie Admans *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of The Beekeeper at Elderflower Grove by Jaimie Admans ahead of the blog tour. I ended up reading it via Kindle Unlimited because of the formatting so I guess we can count it purchased too.

Every chapter starts with a bee fact and let me tell you, I am OBSESSED and will need more books like this, thanks. Feed my inner inquisitive elf please.

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Her new start is about to bee-gin!

Having moved into her mum’s spare room after a disastrous break-up, Kayleigh Harwood is desperate for a fresh start. When she sees an opening for a new beekeeper at the old manor house at Elderflower Grove she jumps at the chance – despite not knowing a thing about bees…

The abandoned house holds a mystery of its own – the previous owner vanished years ago – and locals have been inventing stories about the manor ever since. Unable to resist the urge to look around, Kayleigh is shocked to find drop-dead-gorgeous gardener Carey living inside!

Carey explains that the house and surrounding land is at risk of being demolished, endangering the bees, and he has been staying there to protect it.

Convinced the secret of the house holds the key to saving Elderflower Grove’s bees, Kayleigh is prepared to do everything she can to help. But is she ready to find her own happy-ever-after too…?

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5 Word Review: Bees, community, family, love, nature.

I haven't laughed so much reading a book for a long time, and I snorted tea out my nose in the first chapter. This book is a ray of freaking sunshine and Kayleigh is right at the centre of it.

Kayleigh has had a crap time of it when we meet her, but she's in a bizarre interview with a bee on Zoom (no, really). She's so passionate though, and the kind of person who can throw herself into any challenge. Seeing her take on the bees was amazing, I was impressed by her bravery and tenacity.

I was wary of Carey when we first met him, but as we got to know him we discovered that he has a heart of absolute pure gold. He's a kind soul, and generous, and so freaking lovely. I loved his drive.

Carey and Kayleigh do not have it easy, but boy is their relationship worth reading.

I loved the slight threads of mystery to the story, how it kept me questioning and kept me reading,

This book as a lot of romance as a theme in general. I loved how Kayleigh compared the estate to Beauty and the Beast and Pride and Prejudice, and it made it so easy to picture. The hall felt almost like a character in itself, with the tiniest touch of the supernatural. I loved the lore that had built up around Elderflower Grove, it really helped cement the village setting where everyone know everyone and rumours abound.

I loved the descriptions, how nature was so present in the story. When Kayleigh first steps on to the roof and hears the hum of bees, I heard it too. I saw the frothy elderflower blossom, smelt the musty dust, felt the grime crunch underfoot. Truly marvellous writing.

This is feel-good and funny at its summery best. I would absolutely read this book again, it just made me so happy and made me laugh so much. 10/10 recommend.

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Jaimie is a 36-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots. She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.

She is the author of several romantic comedies for HarperCollins - The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, It's a Wonderful Night, The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea, Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm, The Little Bookshop of Love Stories, The Wishing Tree Beside the Shore, The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane, The Post Box at the North Pole, and The Beekeeper at Elderflower Grove.

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