The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin
After the sudden death of her husband, Alice Holtzman finds herself a social outsider. Reclusive, middle-aged, childless, and with only 850,000 honeybees for company. On the other side of town, Jake Stevenson and his enormous black mohawk had a bright future in front of them studying music, all until an accident at a high school party leaves him in a wheelchair. So when Alice nearly crashes her pick-up truck, packed with thousands of restless honeybees, into Jake, the last thing she expects from the near-miss is to find that Jake has a gift: not only is he a natural with bees, but he can hear their buzzing as a form of music. . .
And when Harry, a twenty-four-year-old with debilitating social anxiety, also arrives at the farm looking for work, unexpected friendships begin to blossom. As these new friends begin to heal one another, all seems right with their world – until the buzzing stops. With a pesticide company threatening the local honeybee population, and everything they have worked for, this trio must unite to defend their bees.
Praise for The Music of Bees. . . ‘A hopeful, heart-warming, uplifting story about the power of chosen family’ Laurie Frankel, New York Times bestselling author of This Is How It Always Is ‘A special treat for nature lovers, The Music of Bees is full of warmth and hope and decency’ Rebecca Hardiman, author of Good Eggs ‘The Music of Bees is an enchanting book of belonging, overcoming adversity and the journey to find a hive of one’s own’ Kira Jane Buxton, author of Hollow Kingdom