I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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 includes 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
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?
Bees in the Butterfly Garden is the first book by Maureen Lang I have read. I have seen many books by Maureen Lang but hadn't had a chance to read any until this one and I am hooked. Bees in the Butterfly Garden takes place in the year 1883 in New York. Meg Davenport has spent almost all of her life in an exclusive boarding school, never really getting to know her father. Her mother died and her father wanted to make sure Meg grew up to be a lady like her Mother. Meg tried to runaway from school many times to get to her father but never made it far. Meg didn't know that her father was a professional thief. When Meg gets word her Father has died, she leaves her life at school to go to his funeral and learns who her Father really was. Determined to prove she is her Father's daughter she teams up with his "gang" to help them steal from a family Meg knew from school.
Maureen Lang weaves a wonderful story about family, love, betrayal, and faith. The characters in this story are well written and very real. I really found myself connecting with them and their plight. The descriptions of the time period were accurate and vivid. I found myself feeling like I was right there watching it all unfold. I found this book to hard to put down and it really got my attention from the beginning and continued through until the end. I truly enjoy Maureen Lang's writing style and her attention to detail. It is obvious she puts a lot research into her books and it shows in the details. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Christian Fiction, you will not be disappointed. I look forward to reading more by Maureen Lang.