Queen Bee

Queen Bee

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Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of New York Times bestselling author Dorthea Benton Frank’s Carolina Lowcountry in this evocative tale that returns at long last to her beloved Sullivan’s Island.

Beekeeper Holly McNee Kensen quietly lives in a world of her own on Sullivan’s Island, tending her hives and working at the local island library. Holly calls her mother The Queen Bee because she’s a demanding hulk of a woman. Her mother, a devoted hypochondriac, might be unaware that she’s quite ill but that doesn’t stop her from tormenting Holly. To escape the drama, Holly’s sister Leslie married and moved away, wanting little to do with island life. Holly’s escape is to submerge herself in the lives of the two young boys next door and their widowed father, Archie.

Her world is upended when the more flamboyant Leslie returns and both sisters, polar opposites, fixate on what’s happening in their neighbor’s home. Is Archie really in love with that awful ice queen of a woman? If Archie marries her, what will become of his little boys? Restless Leslie is desperate for validation after her imploded marriage, squandering her favors on any and all takers. Their mother ups her game in an uproarious and theatrical downward spiral. Scandalized Holly is talking to her honey bees a mile a minute, as though they’ll give her a solution to all the chaos. Maybe they will.

Queen Bee is a classic Lowcountry Tale, warm, wise and hilarious, roars with humanity and a dropperful of whodunit added for good measure by an unseen hand. In her twentieth novel, Dorothea Benton Frank brings us back to her beloved island with an unforgettable story where the Lowcountry magic of the natural world collides with the beat of the human heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062930156
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Series: Lowcountry Tales Series
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 92,101
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She resides in the New York area with her husband.


New Jersey and Sullivan's Island, South Carolina

Date of Birth:


Date of Death:

September 2, 2019

Place of Birth:

Sullivan's Island, South Carolina

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Queen Bee: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Light but thought-provoking
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, your books make me happy and when I finish one I can’t wait for the next one!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Loved this book, although I read it with free teary eyes alot of the time as I'd just started it when I heard of Dotties passing. What a tragic loss to our literary community. I spend alot of summers on Sullivan's Island. She is and was one of the best!! Queen Bee , another of her treasures.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an interesting and enjoyable book. If you’re looking for a story about the Lowcountry, make sure you read Dorothea Benton Frank. This time she wrote about a family of three women and their journey to find love, friendship and each other. Holly Jensen is a bee keeper and the story contains some amazing facts about honey bees. It’s a great beach read.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I loved it...one of the best!! I will miss a book from her next year and for ever more.
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Anonymous 10 months ago
I loved this book!! The family dynamics were great, along with all the crazy situations. It was funny, sweet, unpredictable , but also grounded. I've read at least 8 of this authors books and I've never been disappointed.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Dorothea Benton Frank loves the Carolina Lowcountry. The setting is as much a part of her novels as any of the characters. She encourages readers, wherever they live, to fetch a glass of sweet tea, put their feet up and enjoy a summer read. This novel is about Holly, her sister Leslie, their mother QB (Queen Bee) and all those with whom they interact. The people in their lives include two adorable boys who live next door and their widowed father, Archie; Leslie's husband Charles who likes to dress in women's clothes, the new love of QB's life and... as you read, you will also find out who is Holly's true love. Holly is a beekeeper. As a result there are loads of fascinating facts about honeybees in the novel. They add to the quality of the story. Readers will enjoy watching Holly find her strengths and her voice even as she chats to her bees. This novel is a most pleasant read and I recommend it. A couple of my favorite quotes: If I haven't learned anything else this whole year, I learned that love comes in every color, shape and size. That's what it is to live in the Lowcountry. The colors are a little brighter. The air is a little sweeter. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this book in exchange for an honest review.
JW88 11 months ago
Holly Jensen is a young woman living with her attention- seeking mother on Sullivan Island in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Her life is a quiet one - caring for her mother and the motherless young boys from next door, volunteering at the library, and attending to her three beehives. More than anything, Holly wants to become the new wife to Archie, and step-mother to the boys next door. Holly’s more extroverted sister Leslie moves back to the island after leaving her husband Charlie, who is making a dramatic change to his way of life. Her move back to the island not only brings new life to their mother, lovingly referred to as Queen Bee, but also a co-conspirator in Holly’s quest to romance Archie. Archie, however, marries another woman and Holly begins to see Archie in a completely different light. What can she do to protect those young boys from their wicked new stepmother and their love-stricken father? Dorothea Benton Frank has written another captivating tale. Her characters are likeable and bursting with personality. I found the story to be engaging and I liked the fact that it stresses the importance of living one’s own life. The perfect summer read.
HipKat 11 months ago
Great read. A beach read that is thought provoking. I learned a lot about the lives and functions of bees. Enjoyable! Will be looking for more of her books.
TheBookBag More than 1 year ago
I have loved Ms. Frank's Lowcountry series and was so excited to read her newest one. Her stories are always filled with wonderful, fun, and interesting characters. And always full of that great southern charm that she does so well. Queen Bee is a heartfelt—while at the same time—hilarious look at the dynamics of a family full of strong women. Strong women who find themselves being taken advantage of and having their worlds turned upside down. If Momma, Holly, and Leslie can iron out their differences and come together, there will be no stopping these women! And as an added bonus we, the readers, get to learn so much about bees in this book. Holly's bees become characters in their own right in the book as well. Characters that one should not take lightly because they are as loyal as the other family members. Do not mess with the bees! I thoroughly enjoyed this entertaining, beautiful story that deals with love, acceptance, and strength. Queen Bee is the perfect summer read that should be savored by all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ms frank is one of my favorite authors and always leaves me happy...and needless to say has done it again. we visit isle of palms / sullivans island just about every year we can and it is beautiful.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was warm, funny and perfect!
Strawwench2537 More than 1 year ago
Another hit! Dorothea Benton Frank is the ultimate summer book author. You can absolutely get lost in her novels, hating to put them down causing chores to pile-up around you. Ms. Frank has the knack of creating characters you can truly identify with and actually care what happens to them. She is, truly, my favorite author!
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: My mother sighed so hard then that the National Weather Service issued small craft warnings. Cleopatra could not have put any more intention and effort into the seduction of Mark Antony. The only things I didn’t have were a CD of Barry White’s and a scented candle. There are no more big choices at our age. You’ve made them. Now you have to wait for a promotion to do just what you’re doing, except more of it, for some stupid incremental raise. It’s a big fat snore. Leslie stayed home the night before Archie and Sharon were to be married, probably to give her liver a rest. I was pretty sure the Gentlemen of the Tap were holding a candlelight vigil at Dunleavy’s Pub, praying for her swift return. The gates of hell opened wide when she croaked… I smell sulfur. In the Lowcountry, we believed bad things happened in threes. Becoming the third wife of a man twice widowed was a terrifying prospect. My Review: I smirked and wore a near constant grin as I gleefully perused this delightfully engaging book. It was a treasure chest overflowing with wry wit and slyly deployed levity. I adore Dorothea Benton Frank’s amusing and captivating Lowcountry stories, this is the sixth one I’ve read and I have cherished each and every one of them. Her writing style is comfortable and engaging, yet deceptively insightful and cleverly observant. But it is her unforgettable, uniquely drawn, and deliciously peculiar characters that seal the deal for me. I will eagerly await her next offering.
marongm8 More than 1 year ago
Our patrons are huge fans of Dorothea Benton Frank because she turns a dramatic, sticky, and complicated situation into a heartwarming happy ending and Queen Bee did not steer away from that. The relationship between Holly and Leslie still remained strong even after Leslie left the island and the love they had for their neighbors was if they were part of the family. I also love the reference of Queen Bee describing Holly and Leslie's mother due to her high demand lifestyle and the care she gave for her bees. Also, I immediately connected to Holly when she turned to the Bees for help and tell them everything going on with Archie and the boys. I know any person who reads this book will feel a deep connection with ALL of the characters in this book. We will consider adding this title to our Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
After a few detours in her recent books, Dorothea Benton Frank returns to Sullivans Island off the coast of Charleston in her newest book, Queen Bee. Thirty-year-old Holly Jensen lives with her critical and demanding mother, whom she and her sister Leslie have dubbed Queen Bee, or QB for short (and behind her back). Holly volunteers at the local library while she anxiously awaits for a teaching position to open up at the local elementary school. Holly is a beekeeper, with a huge hive of bees in the backyard. She uses the honey from the hives as gifts for family and friends. She also has a (not-so) secret crush on Archie, the recent widower who lives next door with his two young sons, Tyler and Hunter. The boys love Holly, and she loves them, often keeping them after school, helping them with homework, and baking them cookies. The wheels start to come off the bus when sister Leslie shows up with a tale of marital woe. At the same time, Archie quickly marries Sharon, a local dentist and evil stepmother who gives Cinderella's stepmother a real run for her money. Queen Bee has Frank's trademark humor, with a few scenarios that are downright giddy. We have female impersonators, a trip to Las Vegas, Cher's long-lost "sister" Char, and bees who appear to listen to the woes of Holly and take revenge on her enemy. (I just saw Cher in concert, so I really got a kick out the Char storyline.) In addition to the humor, there is romance and and pathos. As the mother of two sons (now grown), I really felt for Tyler and Hunter as they mourned the loss of their mother and tried to understand their evil stepmother. There is also a lot of character growth in this novel, with the Jensen women taking stock of their lives and finding new paths forward. If you're looking for a good summer read, pour yourself a large iced tea, grab a copy of Queen Bee, head out to the most comfortable chair on your porch, and prepare to lose yourself in sunny Sullivans Island for a few hours.
Michele-G More than 1 year ago
This was the second book I have read by Dorothea Benton Frank. One of the things that should be noted is that she has the ability to develop characters in such detail that you feel like you've known them for years. Another plus for me when I read one of her books is the fact that they are set in the Charleston/Low Country part of the South Carolina coast. Since I grew up vacationing in this area, I love to read her books and feel like I'm back there again. Queen Bee was a lovely story about realizing what is important in life and going after it. The evolution of the main character, Holly, over the course of this book was the most notable. Next to her, her mother's transformation was most impressive. What they each had to go through to get to their newer and happier selves was trying at times but well worth the effort and difficulties. Even though Holly's sister, Leslie, also makes some life-changing adjustments, she still has a long way to go in some of her newer choices...in my opinion. I enjoyed how the author wrapped the events together in such a way that it impacted all of them - - the two sisters and their mother. In other words, it was almost a "one for all, all for one" type of mentality after a while in the story. It was rewarding to see that because they were very disjointed in the earlier portion of the book. I found this book quite enjoyable and highly recommend it to others. It was a light and easy read and would be great going into summer for poolside or beach reading. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
paulalala09 More than 1 year ago
What do you do when situations appear all wrong to you and you can, maybe, do something about it? You meddle, intervene and step on toes but all with good intentions! So is the case with Holly and the neighbor, Archie, and his sons next door. Plus, Holly’s created a fantasy about herself starring herself as his wife. Her own lack of a life contributes to her meddling tendencies. She is a busybody with good intentions. Running concurrent with the Holly/Archie story is the craziness of her sister, Leslie’s, life and Holly’s mother’s lack of any joy for life. This part of the story is a hoot! Queen Bea is moving at times, aggravating at others and it all folds into a fantastic story of life in the Low County and Sullivan’s Island. I voluntarily read an advanced copy of this book and all opinions are my own.
AHHP More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. I read it in one day. I loved this author the first many books she wrote but then they became lame. I think she is back on her game and I am thrilled as I missed her fun and good writing.
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