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  • Reanne Powell

The Enlightenment of Bees




I spotted this yellow book on the library shelf and picked it up with zero expectations. I had never heard of it before, but the synopsis mentioned world travel, eccentric characters, and a woman with post-breakup heartache. What more could you want?


I opened the book and found myself embarking on a surprising adventure through the eyes of a 26 year old apprentice baker from Seattle. Mia needs a change after her long time boyfriend breaks up with her, and she signs up for a humanitarian trip in an attempt to find her great calling and purpose in life. After all, baking cupcakes seems small and insignificant compared to aiding displaced Syrian refugees or feeding children in Mumbai.


I think there is a part of Mia in all of us, who feels like there might be an alternate life that we are meant to live, one that is bigger and more “impactful” than the simple pace of our day to day life. But this story reminds us that no matter how humble our passions and gifts may seem, God can use them to make a difference in our own small corner of the world.


All in all, Rachel Linden gives us a book that features traveling, self discovery, and a sweet, gradual love story. Enjoy a eclectic trip around the world through the pages of this book. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.


Fiction ⭐️ 9/10

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