I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for The Beekeeper at Elderflower Grove, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.
Kayleigh Harwood is desperate to get her life back on track having lost her home and business after a nasty breakup with her boyfriend. Living back at her mum’s means she needs a job…and quickly. She is interviewed, in a very unique way by someone on Zoom using a bee filter and computerised voice, for the position of beekeeper at Elderflower Grove. Elderflower Grove is a local grand house with a ghostly and mysterious past, which was damaged by fire several years ago. A charity was set up to look after the bees and they need a new beekeeper.
Despite having no experience and not being quite truthful in her interview, Kayleigh secured the job and pinned her hopes on the extensive idiot’s guide to beekeeping she managed to buy online. The only rule is not to enter the mansion itself. But Kayleigh has always loved Elderflower Grove and woven fantasies around it, so to resist a look around was impossible. She found more than she bargained for.
The sandy coloured stonework of the Elderflower Grove manor house is mostly hidden from view by weeds that have grown into triffids and overhanging trees. It’s the kind of place they’d film live action Disney movies, and I always think that if I look hard enough, I’ll see Belle inside with her nose in a book while the Beast skulks around the courtyard, feeding the birds or tending the rose garden.
So Kayleigh, with help from an unexpected source, looks after numerous beehives and fulfils her obligation to the bees and villagers while unraveling the mystery of Elderflower Grove, and finding romance along the way in spite of the twists and unexpected revelations.
I love how each chapter begins with a bee fact such as ‘The buzz of a bee is caused by their wings beating 200 times per second – 12,000 times per minute’ and ‘If a hive needs a new queen bee, the workers can create one. They select a young larva and feed it royal jelly, and the larva will develop into a fertile queen.’ I learned quite a lot about bees and honey making during the course of this story.
The Beekeeper at Elderflower Grove is a fun, feel good, light hearted read.
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 the old manor house at Elderflower Grove she jumps at the chance – despite not knowing a thing about bees…The abandoned 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…?
Jaimie is a 36-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 several romantic comedies for HarperCollins – The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, It’s a Wonderful Night, The Little Vintage Carousel by the Sea, Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm, The Little Bookshop of Love Stories, The Wishing Tree Beside the Shore, The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane, The Post Box at the North Pole, and The Beekeeper at Elderflower Grove.