I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for; The Beekeeper at Elderflower Grove by Jaimie Admans. I loved this book and am very excited to share my review with you all. First a quick thank you to HQ Digital for the invite to this tour.
The Beekeeper at Elderflower Grove by Jaimie Admans
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 Elderflower Grove she jumps at the chance – despite not knowing a thing about bees…
The abandoned manor 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…?
How much do you adore this book?!!!
Let me count the ways……
The funniest opening to a book ever…..zoom calls with a talking Bee, not to be missed!
Gorgeous romance, but it’s not an easy one!
Fabulously realistic and very funny heroine!
Twist and turns with ruthless Bee sabotage (Nooooooo!!!)
A hero with a heart of pure gold!
Lots and lots of Bees ….we need more Bees in the world!
I could carry on but that would make this review just a long list of cringe-worthy babbling (on my part). I have read a few of Jaimie Adman’s books, not as many as I would have liked, (damn the toppling TBR pile) but enough to know I love her humour and heartwarming writing and definetly need to start collecting her backlist for my keeper shelves.
I loved the look of this book from the moment I set eyes on it, I adore the cover it’s so summery and cheerful, but it was the title that really captured my attention; The Beekeeper of Elderflower Grove, Just how charming is that! I have a huge love of Bees and am never one to shy away from a glass (or bottle) of Elderflower wine, put the two together and add in Jaimie Adman’s wonderfully feel-good storytelling and you have the perfect summer romance.
I was hooked with this book from the very first page, a job interview over a video call with a man disguising himself with a filter as a Bee. Yup, you read that right Kayleigh was being interviewed by a Bee. Even now I’m giggling! I instantly connected with Kayleigh she is your typical girl next door and I loved how we see the entire story told through her eyes, which gives a wonderful insight into her personility and her rather random thoughts.
Kayleigh hasn’t had the best luck of late, but that doesn’t put her off, after the breakdown of her relationship, the end of her business and having to move back home with her now Tinder-loving mother she needs a job. Any job! This is why she applies for the Beekeepers position and then throws herself into learning all she needs to learn, and I love that no matter what stands in her way she has so much determination and gusto she grabs every challenge with both hands and gets on with it.
I mentioned above that I do love those fuzzy little insects, but not everyone does and that is a real shame as Bees are so important to the world, they are an integral part of the ecosystem and aren’t valued or appreciated as much as they should be. So I was very interested to read this one, and oh boy does it do the hard work of both the Bees and Beekeepers justice or what? There is a huge amount of research and knowledge thrown into this book, we get a really insightful look into the work which goes into being a Beekeeper, which I found absolutely fascinating.
This is such an easy book, it’s so enjoyable and the pacing is absolutely spot on, I read it in one weekend (for a slow reader this says a lot). The Beekeeper of Elderflower Grove is utterly charming, it’s a sweet and magical love story of second chances and finding happiness in the most unexpected places, I cannot recommend it more!
Jaimie is a 32-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 chick-lit romantic comedies The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters and Kismetology, and she has also written young-adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.