Like Bees to Honey

Like Bees to Honey

Caroline Smailes / Sep 16, 2019

Like Bees to Honey Haunting heartfelt and beautiful CHRIS CLEAVENina her son Christopher in tow flies to Malta for one last visit with her aging parents Her previous attempt to see them ended in tears Disowned for fa

  • Title: Like Bees to Honey
  • Author: Caroline Smailes
  • ISBN: 9780007356362
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Paperback
  • Haunting, heartfelt and beautiful CHRIS CLEAVENina, her son Christopher in tow, flies to Malta for one last visit with her aging parents.Her previous attempt to see them ended in tears Disowned for falling pregnant while at university in England, she was not allowed into the house.This will be her final chance to make her peace with them.But Malta holds secrets and Haunting, heartfelt and beautiful CHRIS CLEAVENina, her son Christopher in tow, flies to Malta for one last visit with her aging parents.Her previous attempt to see them ended in tears Disowned for falling pregnant while at university in England, she was not allowed into the house.This will be her final chance to make her peace with them.But Malta holds secrets and surprises than Nina could possibly imagine What she finds is not the land of her youth, a place full of memories and happiness Instead she meets dead people Lots of them.Malta, it transpires, is a transit lounge for recently deceased spirits and somehow Christopher enables her to see them, speak with them and help them.And, in return, they help Nina come to terms with her own loss One so great that she has yet to admit it to herself.Like Bees to Honey is a story of family, redemption and ghosts It is a magical tale that will live with you long after you finish reading.

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    1. This is my first venture into the world of Caroline Smailes and what a magical, ethereal, quirky world it is - I want to move there now!Firstly, look at that exquisite cover immediately brings to mind travel abroad to sunnier climes and a sense of times gone by. Becky Adams has surpassed herself with the cover art.Of course there's more to this book than just a pretty face. Nina, our unstable heroine, is a woman on a mission or even a pilgrimage of sorts. Having been shunned by her Maltese famil [...]

    2. I don't know why I do this. Well, I do, and I know I'm wrong, which makes things that little bit worse. (I don't like being wrong.) When I get a book I know I'll like, I put off reading it. I tell myself: 'Nik, you want to read this when you've chance to enjoy it. When there are no distractions.' There are always distractions. And when I finally decide that enough's enough, and that I should just get on with reading the book I always love it and wish I'd have just got on with it earlier. I did i [...]

    3. I really didn’t like this book. I was rushing through it, trying to finish it so that I could move onto a book that I might actually enjoy.Nina and her teenage son Christopher have returned to Nina’s home in Malta to see her aging parents and try to settle some unresolved issues. But Malta is a kind of waiting room for ghosts, which Christopher enables Nina to communicate with.Right from the beginning, I didn’t like Nina, the main character. I didn’t like the voice used for her. I didn [...]

    4. This book was almost a 4 stars for me, which is very strange given that I'm not a very religious person, and I tend to abandon books that become religious.Yet, this one intrigued me, I would even go as far as saying I will recommend it to other people. Maybe I liked it because they portrayed Jesus as more of a normal kind of guy, which in turn may anger religious people.But anywayThis is the story of a woman, Nina, trapped in the never-ending mourning of the death of her son several years earlie [...]

    5. Had I not been reading this for a book group, it would have been abandoned after the first few chapters. It is the most self-indulgent, fatuous novel I have read. The use of repetition and staggered lines as in 'flip, flop' might well work in a poem but it is stretched beyond belief in this. And as for the constant translations from Maltese - was this meant as a literary motif or does the author think we won't remember? On the other hand it does fill in the pages. The characterisation is two dim [...]

    6. The rather twee cover and title of Like Bees To Honey do it something of a disservice. If it hadn't been for a) a few good reviews I'd read and b) the setting of Malta (which holds a special place in my heart), I'd probably have passed over this, assuming it would be very lightweight and overly sentimental. In fact, this original and unusual novel turned out to be unlike anything else I've read.This is the story of Nina. Born and brought up in Malta, she moved to England as a teenager and was di [...]

    7. I actually didn't mind too much the storyline and plot of this book. Following the death of her son, Chrisopher 6 years previously, main character Nina travels back to her home country of Malta to help her with her grief and to try to mend relationships with her estranged family. Along the way, she meets several spirits, including Jesus, who try to convince her that despite her loss, she still has everything to live for and her remaining family, husband Matt and daugher Molly still need her. My [...]

    8. You know that feeling you sometimes get when you step off an aeroplane in a Mediterranean country and the warm air envelops you like a deep sigh? Your whole body relaxes and that’s the moment when you realise that you’re in a foreign country, and now properly away from home.That’s how it feels to open the pages of Like Bees to Honey and start reading.Like Bees to Honey is a wonderfully poignant and beautifully written story about loss and redemption and families and belonging.If the beauti [...]

    9. I just finished this book last night and I'm still blown away by it. What a beautiful book - unique and unlike any I've ever read. Author Caroline Smailes plays with language and sound to fully immerse you in the world of the main character, a woman who goes to Malta to seek respite from her grief. You breathe the dust of the island and feel the cracks of the pavement almost as if you were there. It's vivid, lyrical writing that wraps around you much like the spiritual inhabitants of the islands [...]

    10. One of the things I liked about this book was the unusual style. I've never read a book that was formatted or written like this, so I enjoyed seeing something different. Another was the "visit to Malta." I'd never been there and knew very little about it, but now feel like I have-- ah the joys of reading! I love to read about a time and/or place unknown to me. Yet the main character is experiencing grief, loss, guilt, and seeking redemption-- emotions we can all identify with. If you are a reade [...]

    11. Nina is off to Malta, with her son Christopher in tow, so she can visit her aging parents one last time. Her last visit to Malta didn’t end well, after Nina was disowned for falling pregnant whilst at University in England. Malta is nothing like Nina expects though because it transpires that Nina is able to see recently deceased spirits. It turns out Malta is some sort of transit lounge for the dead and as well as Nina being able to help the spirits by listening and learning all about them, th [...]

    12. I think this is a wonderful piece of work. The rhythm, the sounds, the vivid descriptions of a Malta that has now moved on, the haunting narrative, so original, so immersed in nostalgia and sorrow. The characters are so real, and yet the situation so surreal, creating an incredible contrast, like a dash of colour in a monochrome photo from the past. I loved this story and highly recommend it.

    13. What a peculiar book - the whole layout, the use of Malti, the ghosts - just didn't do it for me and found it intensely irritating.

    14. sounds much better than it is. kinda liked tilly and jesus trying to get drunk, but the main character was bland and the whole thing just fell short of a readable story for me.

    15. What happens when you can’t let go of your grief? What happens when it consumes you? When it becomes all that you have left? What do you do? Where do you go? What do you become?Nina has left her husband Matt and her daughter Molly. She is going back to Malta with her son Christopher to visit her parents one last time. But she is also going home to Malta to confront the ghosts of her past.Ostracized and cut out of the family when she became pregnant out of wedlock, Nina seeks to mend her relati [...]

    16. The story tells the tale of Nina’s journey from being broken and lifeless to acceptance and wholeness.The story is full of symbolism (which I enjoyed) and I loved the way the author uses onomatopoeia.There are references to the Maltese folklore, which played a large part in Nina’s childhood and helps the reader to understand her character – and how confusing that can be when you are living in a different cultural city.Once back in her homeland of Valetta in Malta, ghosts guide Nina and imp [...]

    17. Caroline Smailes' Like Bees to Honey was a haunting, thought-provoking look at one mother's struggle with the loss of her child. The book follows Nina Robinson, a woman born in Malta, who left to attend college in England, where she found love, but also loss. Nina falls pregnant while unmarried and in college, disgracing her traditional Maltese Catholic family, so her father shuns her. When she returns years later with her husband and young son, hoping for a reprieve, the family disowns her, una [...]

    18. Set primarily in Malta, this novel makes full use of the sights, sounds, history and culture of that island to tell its story. I visited Malta about twenty years ago and it brought back a lot of happy memories. The author makes the case for Malta being a sort of congregation point for the recently dead, and the images of the spirit world that she creates are compelling.There is a lot of sadness in the story – a cloud of tears was gathering on the horizon from an early stage – but it has its [...]

    19. Caroline Smailes creates a fascinating and fantastic world where the reader is shown the importance of life, love and family through the grieving eyes of Nina, a Maltese woman returning to her home island after many years away in England and rejected from her family. She doesn't travel entirely alone, at least not to the normal human eye. She takes with her, her young and sadly deceased son Christopher.Upon their arrival in Malta Nina comes to see that there are other lost souls like Christopher [...]

    20. This is the story of a woman's search for release from the grief of losing a child through a return to her birthplace, the Mediterranean island of Malta, where she encounters various ghosts - of family members, Jesus, and a truculent young woman with whom she has no apparent connection. The rather simplistic message that she eventually absorbs from all these helpful spirits is that she should let the past go and concentrate on her surviving child. With its blurring of reality and fantasy, its se [...]

    21. I downloaded ‘Like Bees to Honey’ on a recommendation from a twitter friend. I wasn’t too sure what to expect as this isn’t my usual style of book.I’ll admit I found the first 30% really hard going; the writing style is unusual and I think it was that that made it a little difficult for me. That said I felt the book really came to life when Tilly’s voice came through, I found that part the most touching and thought provoking.The idea and concept are interesting, and outside of the no [...]

    22. I decided to give this a try as I really enjoyed 99 reasons why. Unfortunately I struggled through this book and didn't enjoy it much. The main character Nina is not particularly likeable or easy to relate to, I felt no sympathy towards her throughout the book. There are a lot of pointless parts where I was just left wondering what the hell happened and why the author had included it. Also there's lot of repetition which really began to wind me up - I didn't need reminding that the lock disappea [...]

    23. I do like a book that has a bit of the 'other'. You know what I mean, a bit different, a touch of supernatural, something that makes it stand out from more pedestrian stories with their roots grounded in reality. Not that there's anything wrong with these, I just like a bit of the 'other' sometimes. This then delivers in spades. Nina is travelling back to Malta, the island of her birth. When we meet her she is overwhelmed with grief and we aren't sure whether she has come home in order to find a [...]

    24. This book is the second book by Caroline Smailes that I have read and I was not disappointed.The author has a very distinctive style and is creative in her use of fonts and white space which I find absolutely fascinating. It's wonderful to see someone pushing the boundaries of what is considered 'normal' in a novel, and achieving so much with it.The main character in this book is very easy to relate to, and the story has a lot of twists and turns. It was lovely to read it during winter as the de [...]

    25. It draws you in. It stays with you. 'Like Bees' isn't flashy, and not a great deal happens. Despite the sun-drenched setting, the film might be made in black and white. But the melancholy becomes a delicious one as the reader starts to feel for the main character in all her soul-destroying sadness and guilt; we grow to love her and her family - a deep love and understanding that carries us to the end.This is a beautifully-written book by an author who has the skill to carry this sort of thing of [...]

    26. I got this as a book for my kindle app after reading about it on Twitter. I hadn't heard anything about the book or author before reading. Overall I enjoyed this book but there were things that got a bit irritating after a while, the constant repetition of translations, sometimes a word was translated twice on the same page! I also began to get frustrated by the sounding out of noises, I think others have made the same points! If you can get passed this the story itself is good, a story of letti [...]

    27. I have never read anything like this before and I'm struggling to decide whether or not I liked it! It is a book that will make you think and one that you will always remember. The story is one that is very intriguing as are the characters and I have to say it took me 198 pagesefore I felt that I was properly into it and after that I flew through it. The details of Malta are very vivid and I'd like to go there after reading about it, not sure if I would be constantly looking over my shouder thou [...]

    28. This book is an amazing discovery to me. I was interested as soon as I saw the CISK bottle of beer on the cover and I knew it was about my country. I'm currently reading it and although I don't like the style of writing and the element of religion, I must say it captures the setting well. I can picture the places she mentions perfectly,and having been there myself plenty of times since I live in Malta, I can honestly say, her description is exact and real.I'm looking forward to how the story wil [...]

    29. I have rated this book 5 stars as it has re-ignited my love of books post-twins! I have excitedly opened the book at each sitting and have been captured by its haunting and soul searching theme.This would not have been the type of book I would seek out but after seeing a recommendation by a friend on her blog, I was intrigued enough to give it a try. I am so glad I did.The writing is so descriptive,at times humourous but you cannot help but hold dear, the fragile mindset of the main character an [...]

    30. One of the best books ive ever readDevoured it in one day . It gives a beautiful insight of my beautiful malta . Some parts of it is funny other parts is sad. Some other bits makes you think. A little bit of everything that turns this book into a magnificent concoction. My favourite character was Jesus, when you read this book you'll know why. Dying does not seem so scary anymore.

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