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Queen Bee ~ Dorothea Benton Frank

May 31, 2019

Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (May 28, 2019)

Oh, sweet southern reads are the best when summer hits Atlanta.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read something as purely fun as a Dorothy Benton Frank Book so this was a delightful departure from my usual doom and gloom, fantasy apocalypse stuff.

The story begins with Holly McNee Kenson, a (Young) 30 something bee keeper, living at home with her aging and ailing mother. She never was the favorite of the family, much to everyone’s knowledge.

She starts with a massive chip on her shoulder (that was quite irritating for a while, even though as a therapist, I got where it came from) and she kind of takes out her simmering bitterness on her mother ;who isn’t a peach, herself) and her sister (also not a peach) and on herself.

The self destruction was a little hard to watch, but again, kind of setting up the hurdles to knock down throughout the book, so I sat tight.

And I’m glad I did.

When Holly’s already rocky little world is shaken up even more by her “perfect” sister’s return to town, Holly is forced to examine the mired emotions she’s dead set on sinking into. When all hell breaks loose, things have to change or sink. I’d let you in on more but you really should read it and find out for yourself.

There were a few problematic things for me (I know her mother was awful but the fat shaming and diet culture really got under my skin) but overall, this was a sweet and wonderful start of the summer read.

Thank you to TLC for adding me on the tour!

Social Media

Please use the hashtag #queenbee and tag @tlcbooktours, @williammorrowbooks, and @dorotheabentonfrank.

Purchase Links

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Photo by Debbie Zammit

About Dorothea Benton Frank

New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She resides in the New York area with her husband.

Find her on the web at, or like her on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

And, as always, don’t just take my word for it. Go check out these other TLC tour stops!

Instagram Features

Tuesday, May 28th: Instagram: @wherethereadergrows

Wednesday, May 29th: Instagram: @thats_what_she_read

Thursday, May 30th: Instagram: @writersdream

Friday, May 31st: Instagram: @readingwithmere

Saturday, June 1st: Instagram: @simplykelina

Sunday, June 2nd: Instagram:

Monday, June 3rd: Instagram: @beauty_andthebook_

Review Stops

Tuesday, May 28th: A Chick Who Reads

Wednesday, May 29th: Reading Reality

Thursday, May 30th: bookchickdi

Friday, May 31st: Iwriteinbooks’s blog

Monday, June 3rd: Instagram: @beritaudiokilledthebookmark

Wednesday, June 5th: Instagram: @iowaamberreads

Thursday, June 6th: Always With a Book

Friday, June 7th: Into the Hall of Books

Friday, June 7th: Kritters Ramblings

Monday, June 10th: Laura’s Reviews

Monday, June 10th: Jennifer ~ Tar Heel Reader

Monday, June 10th: Patricia’s Wisdom

Tuesday, June 11th: Lesa’s Book Critiques

Thursday, June 13th: Stranded in Chaos

Friday, June 14th: Jathan & Heather

Monday, June 17th: Girl Who Reads

Tuesday, June 18th: Books and Bindings

Thursday, June 20th: Literary Quicksand

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