After running away from home with her black nanny, Rosaleen, Lily finds herself in an all-black, all-woman (nearly) community that also links with her past. In the Pink House Lily hides her secrets (of running away, of having killed her own mother), experiences adolescent and transracial love, learns all about bee-keeping, witnesses suicide and mourning. August, June and May - the three sisters living in the Pink House - and the Daughters - (of Mary - a black Mary statue and center of worship) embrace both Lily and Rosaleen and provide them with shelter, life wisdom and love.
Lily's journey from childhood to adolescence is troublesome and painful, but beautiful and enjoyable to read. The more heavy subject of the Civil Rights Movements is lightly - maybe too lightly dealt with, but this is not that kind of a novel either. Sue Monk Kidd is no Toni Morrison, but I'll lay off the analysis and recommend this book for lazy days in the hammock or on the beach.
It is a celebration of love, forgiveness and sisterhood, with rich, scented scenes. A perfect summer read.