The Keeper of the Bees Author:Gene Stratton-Porter Broken in spirit and body, James Lewis MacFarlane, a wounded veteran of World War I, decides to escape from the military hospital before he is sent to a hospital for tubercular patients. He sets out on a great adventure which takes him to the healing sun and ocean of California. After aiding the stricken Master Bee Keeper, Jamie is entrusted wit... more »h the care of the apiary. There he meets the Little Scout, who acts as his guide into the mysteries of bee keeping, and the Storm Woman, who is his spiritual salvation as he is her champion. But it is the white-haired neighbor Margaret Cameron who helps Jamie win back his health.
This last Gene Stratton-Porter novel is filled with her homely wisdom, her love of fields and flowers, and her own abiding optimism. The Keeper of the Bees is an ode to her adopted home, California, and its natural beauty. Stratton-Porter was injured in an automobile accident and died before the publication of The Keeper of the Bees, but the book was a success and is a continuing favorite of readers who share her faith in and love of nature.« less
How modern can you get - a veteran of WWI wounded in spirit and body finds healing with the aid of some outstanding characters. Gene Stratton-Porter certainly wrote from a contemporary heart, drawing from a wide natural history knowledge.