Queen Bee

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
Narrator: [No Narrators Added]
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: May 2019
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 1 hour
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“If I could only read one writer from now until the end of my life, it would be Dorothea Benton Frank.' —Elin Hilderbrand, the New York Times bestselling author

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of New York Times bestselling author Dorthea Benton Frank’s Carolina Lowcountry in this evocative tale that returns at long last to her beloved Sullivan’s Island.

Beekeeper Holly McNee Kensen quietly lives in a world of her own on Sullivan’s Island, tending her hives and working at the local island library. Holly calls her mother The Queen Bee because she’s a demanding hulk of a woman. Her mother, a devoted hypochondriac, might be unaware that she’s quite ill but that doesn’t stop her from tormenting Holly. To escape the drama, Holly’s sister Leslie married and moved away, wanting little to do with island life. Holly’s escape is to submerge herself in the lives of the two young boys next door and their widowed father, Archie.

Her world is upended when the more flamboyant Leslie returns and both sisters, polar opposites, fixate on what’s happening in their neighbor’s home. Is Archie really in love with that awful ice queen of a woman? If Archie marries her, what will become of his little boys? Restless Leslie is desperate for validation after her imploded marriage, squandering her favors on any and all takers. Their mother ups her game in an uproarious and theatrical downward spiral. Scandalized Holly is talking to her honey bees a mile a minute, as though they’ll give her a solution to all the chaos. Maybe they will.

Queen Bee is a classic Lowcountry Tale, warm, wise and hilarious, roars with humanity and a dropperful of whodunit added for good measure by an unseen hand. In her twentieth novel, Dorothea Benton Frank brings us back to her beloved island with an unforgettable story where the Lowcountry magic of the natural world collides with the beat of the human heart.

Reviews (5)


Written by Anonymous on March 1st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The narration was not good.

Written by Anonymous on September 8th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Loved the book! Made me smile.

Written by Bonnie F. on August 23rd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Frank misses the mark in this drawn out tale. Not like her usual fabulous reads. Sorry Dorothea.


Written by Tara M. on August 2nd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

After reading this book - i want to be in this family!! Loved it

Written by Anonymous on June 7th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This story is quite predictable and slow moving.