The Beekeeper’s Secret



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Maria Lindsey has secrets to hide. Living on top of a secluded mountain is a good way to hide from the world… until her past begins to track her down. 

Maria knew about guilt. It was a stubborn, pervasive and toxic emotion, and incredibly difficult to shake. Especially if really, deep down, you didn’t think you deserved to let it go.

Maria Lindsey is content. She spends her solitary days tending her bees and creating delicious honey products to fund orphaned children. A former nun, her life at Honeybee Haven has long been shaped by her self-imposed penance for terrible past events. But the arrival of two letters heralds the shattering of Maria’s peaceful existence.

Pushing aside the misgivings of her family and friends, Tansy Butterfield, on the eve of her marriage, made a serious deal with her adored husband, Dougal. A deal she’d intended to honour. But, seven years on, Tansy is finding her current feelings difficult to ignore. And on top of those not-really-there feelings, Dougal wants to move to Canada!

The surprising and intriguing new novel about the astounding secrets we keep from those we love from the bestselling author of The Tea Chest.


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What people are saying…

“Wow, Josephine Moon really is a simply fantastic storyteller and after having read all of her novels so far I think ‘The Beekeeper’s Secret’ has to be my new favourite.” (Jody, A Spoonful of Happy Endings, book review)

“Moon has produced another story that will captivate the reader to the very end.” (Jen’s Pen, book review)

“Disguised as a joyful tale of family relationships, Josephine Moon’s novel is a gripping mystery, full of murder, guilt, secrets, and family reunions.” (Em Smith, Goodreads review)

“… a twist that few will see coming.” (Marianne, Goodreads review)

“Josephine Moon has cleverly written a timely story that complements the current media hype surrounding that most shocking of crimes… “The Beekeeper’s Secret” is easy to read… A shocking and disturbing issue is dealt with through the eyes of loyalty and love and makes this a good, fluid read, while it reminds us that family, truth and love are most sacred.” (Loulou Szal, Goodreads review)

“…the slightly darker aspect caught me by surprise… And loved it even more for it! Hard topic, well tackled!” (Jacq, bookseller and reviewer)

“Moon is agile and even-handed in her treatment of the church.” (Kerryn Goldsworthy, Sydney Morning Herald) 
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“Such a wonderful book.” (Germane Barker, Goodreads review)

“I sat and read and read and finished – could not put it down!” (Janine Bennett, Facebook)

“Evil flourishes when good people do nothing. Maria Lindsey does something, but whether or not it is the right thing is a question for each reader to decide. This is an important novel for our current times.” (AB, Queensland)

“…it seems strange that such an easy to read book could deal with such a serious issue but it does it well… the focus on family, friends and forgiveness makes this story very readable and an enjoyable depiction of life in modern Australia” (Sasha, Goodreads review)