FRIDAY BOOK SHARING!
What are you reading today?
Once upon a time, there was a seed.
A single seed? A 100 year drought? Bees that will bring water? The impossible. Yes. The bees. The stories. The magic. WOW. So much to love about this book. First, there is a circular nature to the book, even as we move forward in time with Carol’s story. And while Carol is at the center of the story, it isn’t her story alone. It belongs to her grandparents and the people before them, as well as the tree and the bees that inhabit the village, the lake, trees. We go back in time in order to learn about the present and the future. Twelve year old Carolina (Carol, she will tell you) must spend the summer on her grandfather’s ranch, as the family prepares to move her ailing grandfather (suffering from dementia) and sell the farm. But no one is more surprised than Carol at what transpires during the hot summer months, listening to her grandfather’s stories, learning about her grandmother and waiting for the return of the bees and the end of the one hundred year drought. Carol listens, learns, and amazes us all with her insights. The writing is superb, the story is magical, and the characters are inspiring. The line “Things are only impossible if you stop to think about them” reverberates throughout the book, and it seems that each time we read about the impossible, there is new meaning to these words. This is definitely a story about courage and choosing life, even in the midst of the impossible. Carol’s grandfather teaches us all that “not living, being frightened of life, is much worse than dying.”Beautiful storytelling and a must read for all!