The Secret Life of Bees. Lily Owens is a 1960's runaway in search of her dead mother's past. Her clues lead her to a pink house and a charismatic household of beekeeping black women. As Lily acquaints herself with bee society, learns about the Black Madonna the sisters revere, and finds love in her new family, Lily discovers that her mothers are everywhere. My rating: IT WAS AMAZING.