I recently finished a really, really good book called the Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.
The Secret Life of Bees is probably one of my favorite books that I've ever read! Set in South Carolina, 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells a story about a fourteen year old girl named Lily Owens, whose life is shaped around the old memory of the day her mother was killed. Lily lives with her abusive father and their African American Godmother, Rosaleen, who is always trying to take care of Lily and defend her from T.Ray (Lily's dad.)
One day when Rosaleen goes out to cast her vote, taking Lily with her, Rosaleen insults the three most racist men in town. Lily is frightened by the men so much that she escapes to Tiburon, South Carolina with Rosaleen. Lily believes that this place hold the secrets to her mother's past. Taken in my a warmhearted and loving trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their magical world of bees and honey and the black Madonna. This book is a MUST READ! I would definitely recommend it! This is one of my favorite summer reads, because it shows an immense image of female power. Sue Monk Kidd uses a whole lot of very descriptive language as well in The Secret Life of Bees. I personally love descriptive language! This was such a great summer reading book, definitely one of my favorites!