THE BEEKEEPER'S BALL
Wiggs is a master storyteller. In each of her books, her research is detailed, but not overwhelming. The sweet characters are determined to see their dreams come true. Readers are also treated to honey-centric recipes at the beginning of each chapter.
Isabel Johansen is back in Bella Vista, Calif., for two reasons: She want to open a cooking school at her childhood home, where she’ll incorporate local honey into her recipes, and to heal and forget about her past. Cormac O’Neill has come to write Isabel’s grandfather’s biography. Cormac is trying to forget his past and keep his secrets close to his heart, but Isabel and her sensuality draw him out. As family history is brought to light, many people’s lives will be changed forever. (MIRA, Jul., 368 pp., $24.95)