I took advantage of Amazon’s free book download a couple of months ago, in celebration of International Book Day. As they did last year, Amazon offered up several books by international authors for free. I downloaded about a dozen books, and The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia was the first one I read.
You might think a free book would be bad. Not.
I really loved this book and this story by Mexican author Segovia.
Segovia brings the reader to pre-revolution Mexico, where landowners and tenant farmers, corrupt politicians and revolutionaries are walking a fine line of survival and power in early 1900’s.
The Morales family is a hard-working and upstanding family with generations of land ownership being handed down from father to son. But their lives will be forever changed when anciently old Nana Reja discovers a newborn baby…a child with mysterious ways and the power to change everyone’s lives forever.
Segovia’s talent for story telling and use of some third person chapters and some first person chapters creates a lovely rhythm to the book and you will find yourself lulled into the characters and their lives and in particular the peculiar and fascinating child named Simonopia.
Like the swirling bees that follow Simonopia everywhere he goes, this book buzzes with the frenzy of the developing plot, believable characters, stunning narrative describing the rich and beautiful scenery and most of all the love and sacrifice of family.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Five stars for The Murmur of Bees by Sophia Segovia.
Read last week’s review of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane