Bees in the Butterfly Garden

Bees in the Butterfly Garden

by Maureen Lang
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Bees in the Butterfly Garden by Maureen Lang

Raised in an exclusive boarding school among Fifth Avenue’s finest, Meg Davenport has all she’s ever needed . . . but none of the things she’s wanted most, like family or dreams of a future that include anything other than finding a suitable match. So when her distant father dies, she seizes the chance to throw etiquette aside and do as she pleases. Especially when she learns that John Davenport wasn’t the wealthy businessman she thought, but one of the Gilded Age’s most talented thieves.

Poised to lead those loyal to Meg’s father, Ian Maguire knows the last thing his mentor would have wanted is for his beloved daughter to follow in his footsteps. Yet Meg is determined, and her connections to one of New York’s wealthiest families could help Ian pull off his biggest heist yet. But are they both in over their heads? And in trying to gain everything, will they end up losing it all?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781414373898
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 06/22/2012
Series: The Gilded Legacy
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 348,987
File size: 1 MB

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Bees in the Butterfly Garden 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
JlynnW More than 1 year ago
What a great novel. Packed with suspense and romance and friendship. While I began thinking Meg was selfish in her ambition, I saw that she truly desired to be like her father. And when she realizes she should be more like her Heavenly Father than her earthly father, that's when her selfish appearance turned around. I loved this book and would recomend it to everyone.
Thursday4 More than 1 year ago
Meg Davenport has been raised to live the life of the upperclass. Placed in an exclusive boarding school for most her life, she has been taught all the intricacies of etiquette and introduced to the best families in New York society. Then her father dies, a man who Meg barely saw while growing up, and whom she resents for abandoning her in a school with more rules than parental affection. So Meg decides to leave the sheltered life she's always known on a journey of self discovery into her father's world. On the way, she discovers more than she bargained for, meets people she hadn't realized existed, and comes to a new understanding of love, forgiveness, mercy, and grace. Unfortunately, this book fell short in several areas for me. Character development for one. Yes, its okay for our heroine to protest that she feels no grief over her father's death, but that just isn't how the human heart works. Children who deal with abandonment generally have more grief and anger to work through than their normal counterparts, not less. Meg just skims the surface of her emotions before becoming engrossed in her new life, and what should have colored the whole book and added a new layer of depth to her growing understanding of love, forgiveness, and all that comes across shallow. Also, the love of her life often comes across effeminate. Men just don't think/behave like sheltered eighteen year old girls think they will, and Meg's boyfriend meets every young girl's expectations - right down to the occasional chin stubble. Another place this fell short was in plot. The whole thing can be summed up like this: Sheltered girl turns to underworld for entertainment and after initial foray decides she'd rather be a Christian. If that sentence counts as a spoiler, then I'm sorry, but there really isn't much more to chew on. Sub plots were underdeveloped, so I never really did understand all that was going on with Meg's friends or the rest of the underworld characters she was rubbing shoulders with. Some parts were down right confusing, as in "Now whose side is he on?", and others were just unbelievable. My credulity has limits, and this book pushed them just a little too far. The writing itself was tolerable, and I guess typical for this genre. Sorry, I don't recommend this book. The two stars are for being spectacularly tame and un-controversial. *Note: I received this book free from Tyndale for my unbiased review
Virginia76 More than 1 year ago
When Meg's father dies, she finds out that he wasn't an upstanding citizen, but a thief. Some of his friends, including Ian, are also thieves. This news changes how Meg feels about life and she wants to join in since that was her father's occupation. The story was good, but slow for the first half. I was glad to see that several characters had feelings of guilt over what they were doing. I also liked how the painting of Christ and the two thieves on the cross factored into the story.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
I was attracted to this novel mostly be the title, Bees in the Butterfly Garden. I have read a few novels by Maureen Lang, so I knew I was in for a treat. The main subject matter in this novel, did not, in fact, involve a lot about butterflies as we think of those pretty flowers with wings, or flower gardens, though these subjects were in the background of this novel. Instead, the bees seems to refer to the lifestyle of Ian, who was a protege of Meghan's dad in his occupation, and the garden is where he pursued his occupation. It is definitely a novel or unique plot, and I enjoyed the twists and turns as well as the superb word paintings. While reading this, and also as I think about the novel now, I am more appreciative of the heritage my parents handed down to me. Although it probably was because of the message the novel brought out, I would have loved to learn more about Meg's mothers heritage, and why or how Meg ended up in the circumstances she originally found herself. All in all, this was a very enjoyable, light-hearted read with deeper thoughts interspersed. This book was read and reviewed for Tyndale's Summer Reading Program. This is an honest, unpaid for review, and the opinions are my own. This book is available where ever great novels are sold.
The_Psychotic_Housewife More than 1 year ago
Spattered with very entertaining quotes from Madame Marisse's Handbook For Young Ladies, this book provides a little glimpse into the life of a young lady back in the 1800's and how she was supposed to behave. No kissing before she was married, no embarrassing others, and certainly, no swooning just to get attention. ;) While Madame Marisse didn't really exist - the standards did. The storyline at times made me giggle, and it was an enjoyable read. Note that Tyndale House sent me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for sharing my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bees in the Butterfly Garden was and OUTSTANDING BOOK!!!!  I loved the characters and how the author brought them to life in the historical period of high society New York. Mixing mystery, suspense, and forgiveness with God's mercy and grace and the romance it produced a great novel that I could not put down!!!
CharityU-Austenite More than 1 year ago
I’ll have to admit, first off, that this one had been on my to-read list for quite some time, ever since it came out, actually. But I hadn’t made any priority out of it…always thought it looked like a good read, but between the cover and title, I surmised that it was probably just a rather light and fluffy ultra-girly story, without anything in the way of real adventure between its covers. And then…I found it for free for my Kindle app. And boy was I ever wrong about the story! It was fast-moving, complex, had some drama, and was absolutely packed with all manner of adventures – it even included a dash of mystery to round it all out! All around, it was a good book that quite impressed me; I certainly look forward to reading the next book in the series. The title is actually quite accurate, as I figured out when it was worked smoothly into the story. :) I certainly recommend this book!
Lori2013 More than 1 year ago
Good book - light reading, interesting storyline, light romance without all the sex that other books have. Also has a thread of forgiveness woven throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. I could relate to the conflict between feelings of rebellion and choosing what is morally right. Bees in the Butterfly Garden has action, intrigue, romance, and some great surprises. A fun, clen story - appropriate for all teens and adults.
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
Set in the Gilded Age, Meg Davenport is a young woman about to come of age who finds out - after his passing - that her father was not the rich businessman who had no time for her as she had long believed - but is, in fact, a thief. A very good one, but a thief nonetheless. His protege, Ian Maguire, about the same age as Meg, intends to take over as leader of the "family" business he left behind, and so does Brewster (a thief with no scruples and a bent towards violence); and a power play begins. To establish her right to be her father's daughter, Meg offers up the Pemberton family (extremely wealthy, and former classmates at Madame Marisse's, from whom she has an invitation to spend the summer and design their garden) and therefore potential access to their rumored gold. She proposes that she summer with them and discover what she can about the gold and then pass that information along. Will Meg be able to live successfully in both worlds? Will she and Ian find love? Will anyone do the right thing? I loved the quotes from both Madame Marisse's Handbook for Young Ladies as well as from thieves that begin each chapter. I loved the Pemberton family dynamic and their love and respect for each other (grace, mercy, or justice?) as well as their staff and friends. I enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it!
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LoraineN More than 1 year ago
What I found interesting about this story was the idea that Meg is so determined to follow the footsteps of her father knowing that it would ostracize her from society. Ian, a thief himself, wants to honor her father’s wishes by keeping her on the right path. How would two people so determined to follow the wrong path manage to end up on the right one? 3 1/2 stars (Full review at my website)
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ThriftyTori More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting book. I loved the plot of the this young girl finding her own path while struggling with the father she thought she had and her father's real way of life. The book is very well written bringing the characters to life. There were sections of the book that I felt was a little slow in developing, but in the end I really enjoyed the storyline. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars! * I received this book free in exchange for a honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing! I loved how meg had a rebellious side to her but also a polite side. The characters in the book were fabulously stunning in their roles. Please read thus book! It is worth the money!
CathyRN More than 1 year ago
I have read some other books by this author that I really enjoyed. The description of the story line sounded interesting but I was disappointed. I had to make myself finish the book as it just did not capture my interest. It was too long in my opinion. I will try other books by this author but this one just was not as good as her Great War series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was different from what I usually read. I loved it. Will read more of hers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and love it! The characters were interesting, I enjoyed the characters and reading about the culture during that time period. It was a great read full of substance, suspense, and characters you care about. The plot had me guessing at times but I especially loved how mercy and grace were talked about and explained. A wonderful uplifting book!
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Once introduced, I knew that Meg and Ian were going to end up together but for a little while in there I was beginning to wonder if I had been mistaken. I loved how God worked on all of their hearts and slowly changed each person.
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