Mad Honey by Jodi Picoult; Jennifer Finney Boylan
.ePUB, 446 pages
Expected Publication: 04 Oct 2022
By: Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine
About The Book:
Olivia McAfee knows what it feels like to start over. Her picture-perfect life--living in Boston, married to a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, raising a beautiful son, Asher--was upended when her husband revealed a darker side. She never imagined she would end up back in her sleepy New Hampshire hometown, living in the house she grew up in, and taking over her father's beekeeping business. Lily Campanello is familiar with do-overs, too. When she and her mom relocate to Adams, New Hampshire, for her final year of high school, they both hope it will be a fresh start. And for just a short while, these new beginnings are exactly what Olivia and Lily need. Their paths cross when Asher falls for the new girl in school, and Lily can't help but fall for him, too. With Ash, she feels happy for the first time. Yet at times, she wonders if she can she trust him completely . . .Then one day, Olivia receives a phone call: Lily is dead, and Asher is being questioned by the police. Olivia is adamant that her son is innocent. But she would be lying if she didn't acknowledge the flashes of his father's temper in him, and as the case against him unfolds, she realizes he's hidden more than he's shared with her.
Oh my gosh! Where do I even start with this book!? Right away I fell in love with the beautiful prose, I knew from the start I was going to devour and enjoy this story, all 456 pages read in a day! Jodi Picoult is the consummate storyteller and although I have never read anything by Jennifer Finney Boylan before but if this book is any indication I will soon be remedying that! Even though this book is by different authors who wrote different sections of the book, it flows seamlessly throughout.
I loved the courtroom drama, the different points of view, and the amazing twists in this story. The tale is told in such a heartfelt and emotional way, I had goosebumps and tears. I loved learning about bees and the process of honey-making...BUT...that isn't the only education I got and I so, so appreciated it as I have a family member like Lily.
If you're a Jodi Picoult fan you'll recognize some characters from her other novels and that was a nice surprise as well. Emotional, thought-provoking and lyrical, Mad Honey earns all the stars. Now I am mad I read this so soon and so fast!
Many thanks to NetGalley, Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan, and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine for the giving of the ARC.