Set in the troublesome times of the 1960 Civil Rights Movement is the troublesome story of Lily Owens. After the death of her mother she is raised by the black housemaid Rosaleen on her dad’s peach farm. Whilst Rosaleen tries to bring love and happiness into Lily’s life her dad, whom she only calls T.Ray because “he’s not much of a Daddy figure” resents, ignores and abuses her.
A series of events leads the fourteen years old Lily to run away together with Rosaleen. The only thing Lily has from her Mother are two silk gloves, a picture of her and a mysterious picture of a black Mary that seems to be coming from Tiburon, South Carolina. Led by this picture the two set out to Tiburon and find the black Mary on a honey label which shows them the way to the pink beekeepers house.August and her sisters June and May. They take Lily and Rosaleen in and in this safe place Lily finally starts to flower.Finds friends, love and worth.
Which seems to good to be true. And somehow it is, considered, that a young white girl lives with three black sisters in a time where racial discrimination is daily business and runaway daughters are most likely searched for.
The author Sue Monk Kidd somehow manages to combine these two sides in one humorous and poetic novel. Her style of writing is clear and somewhat lighthearted even though the subject is not. Still the book isn’t missing a true meaning. Mostly delivered through the conversations with August in the book it talks about forgiveness, oneself and others and ultimately about love.