Very sweet novel that takes place in a wonderful setting. All the food mentions were great, and the chemistry between the heroine and hero was very believable. The back story with the heroine's abusive ex-lover who comes back into her life was stale, and it felt incomplete, plus a bit jarring considered the tone of the novel. I did enjoy the heroine's grandfather, and how through flashbacks we saw him as a young boy and then a young man who works against the Nazis in WWII.
I can see the Beekeeper's Ball as a Lifetime or Hallmark TV movie. The sensuality tone is fade to black, and very PG-13. Very quaint novel, and one I enjoyed.