I really liked this book too and loved how it was our first book and it was about sisterhood! Perfect! I'll admit that it did take me a little while to get into it, but once I did I could hardly put it down. There was so much depth to the characters and to the emotions and experiences they were going through, and they felt so real.
I loved the author's writing style. The imagery was great. I can perfectly imagine all the Daughters of Mary with their crazy hats. :) Or all of them lathering the Lady in Chains with honey.
I was so glad too that August let Lily and Rosaleen stay at the end. What a relief! I didn't know what they were going to do. I think I was holding my breath during the part when T. Ray found her at the pink house.
I also loved the relationship between Zach and Lily. I imagine them getting married in the future once things get better between blacks and whites. I think I might have even had a little crush on him myself; sweat dripping down his shirtless chest of oily, dark skin. :)
I'm glad to hear, Hannah, that you enjoyed the movie as well. My mom told me about it but I have been hesitant to see it now that I have read the book. The movies are never as good, but maybe I'll have to give it a try.
I thought quite a bit about my aunt Stacie while reading this book because it is one of her favorites, and because she is a beekeeper! I have seen her hives and I have helped with the honey harvesting process a little bit. We scraped off the outer layer of the combs to release the honey inside. You can't help but lick the extra drops off your fingers. :)
Isn't is so fun to think that we are all reading the same words and stories at the same time even though we may be far apart? I guess that's the whole point, but it really does keep a connection between us and I'm so glad! I can't wait to find out what is next! Love you all!