Publisher: Headline Review - FictionPaperback/Kindle: 384 pages
This is a truly touching story of a young girl who for 10 years has carried the guilt that she had accidentally shot and killed her mother. Her father who loves her in his own way is a hard task master and doesn't understand 14 year old girls at all. Her one true friend is Rosaleen, a black servant on her fathers peach farm, who has looked after her since the death of her mother. When Rosaleen finds herself in trouble with the police and badly beaten, Lily decides she has to do something to protect her friend. Armed with a photograph of her mother and a picture of a black Madoona they set off to to find sanctuary. This they find in Tiburon at the home of the Boatwright sisters.The Boatwright sisters keep bees and have lived in the pink house for years. They are best known for the honey that their bees produce the jars of which bear the label of the Black Madonna. Lily needs to know the connection between the Boatwright sisters and that of her dead mother. I have watched the film on a number of occasions but when I saw the book was available on kindle I just had to read the book. I was surprised to find that the film stayed true to the book. If you are a fan of 'The Help' you will find this a good read.