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The Beekeeper's Ball (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)
"The villa is a feast for the senses, from the fountain patio and grape arbor to surrounding orchards and vineyards." Napa Valley. This is Isabel Johansen's home, the place she returned to after a disastrous romance. Once a star student at her prestigious cooking school, Isabel has visions of turning her family's estate into a sumptuous retreat for culinary pilgrims. Surveying Bella Vista's lush vineyards and abundant orchards, she decides that the only thing she's lacking is organic honey? The beekeeper, when he arrives, is a bit of a surprise. Isabel wasn't expecting someone so ruggedly handsome - or someone so allergic to beestings. It's only after she's rescued him from the resulting shock that Isabel learns that the man she expected to help her with her hives is actually a reporter. His name is Mac Somerset, and he wants to talk to Isabel's grandfather about his activities during World War II. Isabel is surprised to discover that Mac and Tess - the sister she's only just met - are old acquaintances. Isabel also finds herself becoming increasing disturbed by Mac's research into her family's history. Her grandfather was a hero in the Danish Resistance, but her family's history is not entirely noble, and she has her own secrets to keep. As Isabel fights to maintain her family's privacy, Mac compels her to confront her own fears - her fear of being vulnerable, her fear of being honest, her fear of falling in love. In the second installment in the Bella Vista Chronicles, New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs considers what it takes to confront your past and follow your dreams.