The Hum of Bees

Golden Crown Literary Award (Goldie)

The Prince Edward County Series, Book 1

By Patricia Spencer

Can a fragile recluse and a public figure hiding from the press find love?

Eugenia Gallant has given everything up for her work life. Now she is being thrown under the bus by her superior. He has replaced her with an interim, taken away her work keys, and ordered her to take her three months accrued vacation ‘to think things over’ before testifying at the upcoming court case. Exhausted, betrayed, and reviled, all she wants to do is hide out for the summer someplace where no one knows her. But where in Canada can a woman go to hide from the nationwide media storm she herself unleashed?

Darcy Gordon is all but a recluse. She lives on her farm outside the village of Wellington on Lake Ontario and minds her own business. She doesn’t watch TV, doesn’t have internet, not even a data plan on her phone. Returning to her ancestral home after a spectacular crash and burn, she is hiding out, afraid that her past may come to light–or worse, that she might get pushed so hard again that she will repeat the unthinkable.

When a mutual friend asks Darcy if Eugenia can stay in the little cabin on her property, Darcy agrees as a favour, not knowing it will turn both their lives upside down. For what future can there be for love between a recluse and a prominent public figure ordered by the courts to return to the limelight? Between a woman based in Ontario and one who must return to British Columbia?

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