“Lily is fourteen and lives with her father in South Carolina in the 1960s. Her mother died when she was four. Her father is an insensitive, unpleasant man, always shouting at her . Lily has no friends at school because she is forced to wear clothes that she makes herself, and never gets anything nice from her father.
When their (black) housekeeper, Rosaleen, goes to town to become registered as a voter, she is harassed by some white men, but somehow Rosaleen is the one who ends up in prison. After she is beaten up in prison, Lily rescues her and they run away.
This is a book about mother love, racism, friendship and .... bees!
A good read, pleasantly written.”