The Secret Life of Bees is probably one of my favorite books that I've ever read. Set in South Carolina, 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells a story about a girl named Lily Owens, whose life is shaped around the old memory of the day her mother was killed. Lily lives with her abusive father and their maid, Rosaleen, who is always trying to take care of Lily, and defend her from T.Ray (Lily's dad.) One day when Rosaleen takes Lily out to town, Rosaleen insults the three most racist men in town. Lily plans an escape to Tiburon, South Carolina. She believes that this place holds many secrets to her mother's past. Taken in by a warmhearted and loving trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their magical world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This book is a MUST READ! I would rate this book 5 stars!! :) I would definitely recommend it!