I’d read The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd first. I wasn’t too taken with it, and didn’t think The Secret Life of Bees would be all it’s been made out to be. However, it is a good read. Some parts are very moving. However, I somehow didn’t feel the emotion associated with the Civil Rights movement episodes in the book – they just didn’t work for me. Sad, especially considering that Barack Obama was playing out the crowning glory moment so aptly, plucking all the right heartstrings!