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Today, I'll be discussing my thoughts on Patrick Canning's latest novel, The Colonel and the Bee.
Thank you Evolved Publishing, LLC and Patrick Canning for the free reader copy in exchange for my honest review!
The Colonel and the Bee by Patrick Canning
Beatrix, a spirited but abused acrobat in a traveling circus, seeks more than what her prison-like employment offers. More than anything, she wants to know her place in the world.
One night, the mysterious Colonel James Bacchus attends Beatrix's show. This fascinating English gentleman is most notable for traveling the world in a four-story hot air balloon, The Ox.
That night, Beatrix flees to join the Colonel, the two of them making a narrow escape. Feeling the Colonel may have the answers to her problems, Beatrix vows to help him catch the murderous criminal he seeks in exchange for passage on his balloon.
Will this peculiar match find what they desire?
The Colonel and the Bee is not my kind of read, but it's a good read nonetheless.
Patrick Canning's latest novel features an eloquent writing style, similar to that of traditional, contemporary novels. His word choice perfectly conveys the magical world he's created—a surprising combination that can be described as Wizard of Oz meets Around the World in 80 Days. Canning's latest novel was written for readers who are ready to travel to another world and let their imaginations roam. It combines adventure and mystery, but most importantly, it features magnificent characters.
The best element of The Colonel and the Bee is, unquestionably, the various personalities found throughout the novel. James Bacchus is charming and determined, while Beatrix is bold and strong-willed. Even though Beatrix faces mistreatment, she is unapologetically herself. Canning's decision to create such a strong, female protagonist is admired and refreshing.
Despite the fact that The Colonel and the Bee is a good novel, it's not the kind of book I consider gripping. The storyline is unique and the characters are marvelous, but Canning's traditional writing style drove away my attention and interest at times.
However, as I've mentioned in other pieces, my fondness of concise, modern diction is simply a preference. There is no doubt that Canning is a tremendous author.
The Colonel and the Bee is an exceptional pick for readers who enjoy a traditional writing style, such as that of Arthur Conan Doyle.
If this review has intrigued you, check out Canning's latest novel on Goodreads or on https://www.patrickcanningbooks.com/
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