Bee is an orphan who
lives with a carnival and sleeps in the back of a tractor trailer. Every day
she endures taunts for the birthmark on her face, though her beloved Pauline,
the only person who has ever cared for her, tells her it is a precious diamond.
When Pauline is sent to work for another carnival, Bee is lost.
Then a scruffy dog
shows up, as unwanted as she, and Bee realizes she must find a home for them
both. She runs off to a house with gingerbread trim that reminds her of
frosting. There two mysterious women, Mrs. Swift and Mrs. Potter, take her in.
They clothe her, though their clothes are strangely out of date. They feed her,
though there is nothing in their house to eat. They help her go to school,
though they won’t enter the building themselves. And, strangely, only Bee seems
able to see them.
Whoever these women
are, they matter. They matter to Bee. And they are helping Bee realize she,
too, matters to the world, if only she will let herself be a part of it.
This tender novel
beautifully captures the pain of isolation, the healing power of community, and
the strength of the human spirit. Download and start listening now!