Queen Bee - Dorothea Benton Frank

Queen Bee

By Dorothea Benton Frank

  • Release Date: 2019-05-28
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 848 Ratings


“If I could only read one writer from now until the end of my life, it would be Dorothea Benton Frank." —Elin Hilderbrand, the New York Times bestselling author

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

Beekeeper Holly McNee Jensen quietly lives in a world of her own on Sullivans 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, it 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.


  • Queen Bee

    By PushpushStable
    Perhaps the best book I’ve read this year. I’ve recommended it to all my friends.
  • 2stars for Queen Bee

    By gojoanne50
    I really wanted to like this book, kept thinking it would get better. Instead it got crazier and made me not to want to read any more books by this author if this is how she writes.
  • What a great read

    By choirnote63
    All of the characters grow, even the ones who seemed to be set in their ways. It is told with just the right amount of detail, humor and Southern charm.
  • What?

    By Omi to 4
    I really don’t get this book. It was all over the place. Definite identity crisis. Not at all like her other books.
  • Queen Bee

    By Checkeredbandana
    I don’t think Frank wrote this.
  • Like a children’s book

    By Pam food
    So all over the place with this book. Like a bad Hallmark movie. Rushed but long. No real story. No climax. Seriously- the only way to describe it is that it was like reading a teen girly girl piece of fiction. It was awful. Trite. Unrealistic weird characters. Forced. Gag.
  • Queen Bee

    By Lollipopski
    As always a great page-turner and a wonderful heartfelt story! Can’t wait for the next one and the children’s book!