This book was recommended on a blog I was following and I picked it up without looking at reviews by other critics.
Only after I started to read it, I realized it that it was aimed at young adults.
Lilly a 14-year-old living with an abusive father, goes in search of people who might have known her mother who had died when Lily was four years old.
It takes place in 1964 during the Civil Rights Act in Southern Carolina. In the small towns, this act is scorned upon and there is racial unrest. Rosaleen the sassy black nanny and the only mother figure in Lily’s life is arrested when she insults the pro-whites.
Lily helps her escape and they land up in the house of August and her sisters who are keepers of bees and makers honey .It is an all black household. Lily the white child lives with them and finds out the truth about her mother and also finds love for which she is hankering after. In fact she finds a whole hive of surrogate mothers in black women living there.