By Sarah-Kate Lynch

Sugar Wallace didn't think in love at the beginning sight, yet her bees did. . . .

Every spring Sugar Wallace coaxes her sleepy honeybee queen—presently the 6th in a protracted line of Queen Elizabeths—out of the hive and shall we her move slowly round a valuable outdated map. at any place the queen stops is their subsequent vacation spot, and this 12 months it truly is ny City.

Sugar units up her honeybees at the balcony of an East Village walk-up and then––as she's performed in every single place given that leaving South Carolina––she will get to understand her pals. She is, finally, a former debutante who believes that manners make the realm a greater position whether they appear at present missing within the large city.

Plus, she has a knack for assisting humans. there is Ruby along with her scrapbook of marriage ceremony bulletins; unmarried mother Lola; reclusive chef Nate; and George, a courtly ex-doorman. they won't recognize what to make of her bees and her politeness, yet they cannot deny the magic in her honey.

And then there is Theo, a delightfully type Scotsman who crosses Sugar's direction once she will get into city and is readily besotted. yet love isn't really at the menu for Sugar. She likes the powerful self reliant lady she's turn into on the grounds that leaving the South and there is not anything a charmer like Theo can do to alter her brain . . . purely her bees can do that.

The marriage ceremony Bees is a singular approximately discovering sweetness the place you least count on it and studying to like your means home.

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Theodore Lewis Fitzgerald, of Barlanark, Glasgow, Scotland. Sugar. She haunted him all morning as he racked his mind attempting to take into account her surname so he may well Google her. the precise line of her jaw he may well bear in mind, the curve of the tiny dip in the course of her best lip—he knew that too. “Sugar, Sugar, Sugar,” Marlena, his secretary, stuck him repeating as she got here into his workplace later within the day sporting a stack of files. “What are you? making an attempt to not swear or diabetic? signal this. ” The notice airy saved drifting into his innovations until eventually he appeared that up in simple terms to discover it intended smooth, which wasn’t fairly correct. She was once narrow yet now not insubstantial. Her costume used to be crimson. Her sneakers have been pink. And there has been a ribbon in her hair. A ribbon? might that be correct? His niece had grown out of ribbons years earlier than and he or she was once nonetheless purely ten. but Sugar was once in her thirties, he figured, and nonetheless donning one and what’s extra, it ideal her. pink. used to be it crimson? Or purple? He may nonetheless see her attractive collarbones, the beautiful dimple on the base of her throat, the light strain of her complete breasts emerging and falling underneath the material of her gown. He couldn't cease on account that. “You are performing very surprisingly this present day, Theo,” Marlena acknowledged while she received again from her late-afternoon cupcake run. “Are you okay? ” “Never better,” he spoke back. “That’s what I suggest. You’re nearly chirpy. a piece dreamy. after which chirpy. Did you win the lottery? ” “Would I be sitting the following if I had gained the lottery? ” “Knowing you,” she stated. “Yes. ” “It’s no longer precise what they are saying approximately Scotsmen being cheap,” he stated. “And besides I’m constantly chirpy and did I point out you glance really bonnie at the present time, Marlena? ” “Get your individual cupcake,” she acknowledged. “I queued ten mins for mine. And it truly is actual approximately Scotsmen being affordable and also you are usually not regularly chirpy. ” Marlena reminded Theo of his mom, Shona, who had kicked the bucket ten years ahead of at the contrary facet of the Atlantic with out Theo even figuring out she used to be ill. He by no means went an afternoon with no lacking her, with no wishing she used to be there at the different finish of the telephone, dishing out recommendation, her thick Glaswegian brogue coarsened via a life of smoking 40 Silk Cuts an afternoon. She’d enjoyed him unflinchingly yet she’d been difficult, like every Barlanark moms, and relentlessly immediately to the purpose. Marlena was once like that too. It used to be why he had employed her, yet he used to be shocked to determine she didn’t imagine he was once chirpy. “Not even a wee little bit of chirp? ” “No,” she stated. “Not often. until eventually this present day. Did anything ensue? ” “Yes, actually,” he stated. “It did. I met somebody. ” Marlena placed her cupcake down, midbite. “Well, it’s approximately time,” she stated. “Do you're thinking that she is the single? ” Theo’s mom had additionally believed in “the one. ” “You’ll be aware of her in the event you locate her,” Shona had instructed him, time and time back. “Without a shadow of a doubt. ” “She’s certainly something,” Theo instructed Marlena. “But how do i do know if she’s the only? ” “You simply recognize, i assume. ” She shrugged. “Let’s begin together with her identify. ” “Sugar. ” “Sounds fabulous,” stated Marlena.

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