Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Bees in the Butterfly Garden (The Gilded Legacy, #1)” as Want to Read:
Bees in the Butterfly Garden (The Gilded Legacy, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Bees in the Butterfly Garden (The Gilded Legacy #1)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  524 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
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 lea ...more
ebook, 335 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Bees in the Butterfly Garden, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Bees in the Butterfly Garden

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Apr 13, 2012 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Where I got the book: pre-ordered on Amazon. Maureen Lang is a friend IRL. And I STILL never 5-starred a review till this one. Read on.

I feel that with this book, Lang has started to stretch herself out of the safer waters of the inspirational romance genre, and I like the result. Let me explain.

Th inspirational aka Christian romances I've read (and I'm not a huge expert on this) tend to follow a bit of a formula. Miss and Mr Wonderful are both really, really good people from Christian homes but
Feb 23, 2015 Hannah marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Returning this to the library as DNF. It's well written...I just don't like Meg, the main character, and that's killing it for me.
Kellyn Roth
2 stars

It took me a lot longer to read this book than it takes me to read most books of its length and genre. I didn't really get into the plot or characters. This novel could have benefited from a little faster pacing, perhaps, or characters a little better developed.

I loved the little Madame Marrise quotes at the front of each chapter, the glimpse at Fifth Avenue life, etc. This novel was obviously very thoroughly researched, and I commend the author for that.

I didn't ever learn to love - or e
Aug 25, 2012 Wanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Meg has lived a life of luxury in an exclusive boarding school for the past fifteen years, always wondering what the future will hold for her and if she will ever get to know the father she rarely sees. Then she is confronted with not only the shock of his sudden death, but the knowledge that he was not at all the man she had envisioned. Determined to strike out and become like her father, Meg ignores all advice to the contrary and determines to become a professional thief just like him. Thus be ...more
Sep 18, 2012 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Caitlyn Santi

This my first read by this author, so I didn't quite know what to expect but the description was definitely unlike anything else I had ever read! And I am pleased to say that it was (In the best way!) I absolutely loved this book!!! It was just SO good! I was drawn into the story from the first page and hated to put the book down!!! 
 I loved all the characters (Well except for Evie, and I don't think I was meant to like her very much!) The setting, storyline, and dialogue were all amazing! And t
Crystal Navarro
Considering I had read and enjoyed Whisper in the Wind a few years ago, I jumped on the opportunity when I saw another Lang book show up on my recommendations list-- and as a freebie on Amazon for Kindle.

This book was no on part with other works by Lang, but it was not entirely uninteresting, either. I felt as if the time period-- Gilded Age-- really set a distance between myself and the characters. When one is trapped in polite society and rules of etiquette that keep one from revealing to much
Lisa Johnson
Title: Bees in the Butterfly Garden
Author: Maureen Lang
Pages: 399
Year: 2012
Publisher: Tyndale
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
The main character in this book is Meg Davenport. She has spent most of her life at an exclusive bordering school in Connecticut. Her mother died when she w
SUMMARY: 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 thieve ...more
Jul 14, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Maureen Lang
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc
June 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4143-6446-9
Genre: Historical romance

Meg Davenport has never wanted for anything—except her father’s love. She was raised in an exclusive boarding school among Fifth Avenue’s finest and trained to be the perfect society wife. When Meg was younger she used to try to run away, trying to get to the father she wanted to know, but she gave up when she was fourteen. When Meg learns that h
Jun 21, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delightful Book - Full of characters that experience deception, decisions and eventually discovery.
What a delightful story. This engaging story is worthy of the gorgeous cover. I was privileged to read an Advance Reader Copy. The second time I read it I caught all sorts of humor that was cleverly woven into the story. It is a book filled with deceptions,despair, decisions and eventual discovery. The characters were flawed in their thinking and choices and as the book progresses their life choice
I would give this a 4.5, as it is a unique book; I ended up loving it by the end. It did take me a little while to feel involved in the storyline. It was interesting to read that the author came up with the title for this book first, and then wrote the story. Many characters in the novel have serious moral choices to make, and I love how the author brings out the differences between grace, mercy, justice, and revenge. The one thing I questioned a slight bit is why Kate didn't become more involve ...more
Sep 20, 2012 Jenny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was an exercise in the ridiculous. The main character, raised in polite, wealthy and respectable society, finds out her father was a thief. She stubbornly decides that she is her father's daughter and insists on helping rob her dear friends, ignoring all of the imploring warnings of those that love and care about her. Then, she regrets it, exactly as they said she would. It is a good example of Christian writing which defines mercy, justice and grace and how being Christlike can affect ...more
Charity U
Mar 29, 2013 Charity U rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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-movin ...more
Bees in the Butterfly Garden was a lovely and delightful read. It was a great story about struggling with who you are and who you are expected to be and discovering things you never knew about yourself. There were somber moments, but, also, many humorous moments that had me laughing out loud. After a little bit of a slow start, things really picked up and became so fast paced that I didn't want to put the book down for anything. I had a wonderful time reading this book and I will highly recommen ...more
Mar 04, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful and captivating, Bees in the Butterfly Garden far exceeded my expectations! This was the first book I can remember reading that completely enveloped me with the tension and hope that the characters were feeling. It was truly an "on-the-edge-of-your-seat" read because of the conflicting thoughts that the story produces in your mind: You don't want the characters to get caught, and yet...they need to! A delightful web of intrigue, romance, deception, and hope, this story is a wonderful r ...more
Catherine Richmond
Wow! Excellent! I liked so many things about this book:

1. The prologue is essential and draws the reader deep into the story.
2. The tension never slipped and kept building until I could not put the book down.
3. Fascinating characters. I don't think I've ever read about a band of thieves.
4. History and description are seamlessly integrated into the story.
5. An "oh, yes!" romance!

Meg was a finishing school graduate trying to uncover her family history and learns her father was the head of a notor
Mar 19, 2013 Jayne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
(Free e-book) Boring with an unrealistic plot.
Mar 19, 2013 Dona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meg did get on my nerves from time-to-time when she acted like a pro though she was actually a novice. But I did enjoy reading this was good. I liked the other characters as well.
Rachel Brand

PROS: Spiritual themes are fairly well-integrated and not overbearing; endearing secondary characters; good insight into two very different cultures in this time period

CONS: Some characters’ motives and actions aren’t entirely convincing

Meg Davenport has spent almost her entire life at an exclusive boarding school in Connecticut, far away from the life she wishes she were spending with her
Mar 11, 2017 Katrina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tried to read it. Just could not get into it.
Renae Sattazahn
I recently read "Whisper on the Wind," the second novel in the Great War series by Maureen Lang. When I saw the opportunity to read "Bees in the Butterfly Garden," I leapt at the chance. Since the plot and setting is completely different, I was interested to compare this book to the first one I read.
"Whisper on the Wind" was a somber, slow-moving book set in the middle of the World War. There was a transparent plot with a very limited amount of romance. "Bees in the Butterfly Garden" was as far
Maureen Lang's, Bees in the Butterfly Garden, is Book One in the Gilded Legacy Series. It takes place in the middle of New York High Society during the Gilded Age (i.e. 1883). Meg, a graduate of the prestigious Madame Marisse's School, finds herself at a crossroads when the truth of her lineage is uncovered. Her options become clear: return to Madame Marisse's to teach, find a suitable husband, or prove that her father was wrong to distance himself from her by following in his footsteps. Meg, ag ...more
Victor Gentile
Jul 07, 2012 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maureen Lang in her new book “Bees in the Butterfly Garden” Book One in the Gilded Legacy series published by Tyndale House Publishers takes us to 1883 Connecticut and into the life of Meg Davenport.

From the back cover: “A young lady of impeccable decorum never appears outside her home unchaperoned, uncoiffed, ungloved, or unhappy.” —MADAME MARISSE’S HANDBOOK FOR YOUNG LADIES

Raised at an exclusive boarding school, Meg Davenport has everything she needs but none of what she’s wanted most—like the
Jun 25, 2012 Chelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our story starts with Meg Davenport who is a student at Madame Marisse’s which is an exclusive boarding school for only the privileged. Meg soon finds herself, within the opening pages, receiving a note that describes her father’s death and that everything is already being taken care of. Immediately the reader learns that Meg’s father has not been the more influential part of her life. In fact, she does not really remember him at all because she has rarely seen him growing up. Meg, now eighteen, ...more
Renn Shearin
Jul 09, 2012 Renn Shearin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 a family or a future not dependent on following etiquette and marrying well. So when her distant father dies, Meg seizes the chance to break every rule that has governed her life. 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 tho
Eustacia Tan
Jun 19, 2013 Eustacia Tan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After taking quite a while to get started on the book, I got hooked once I read past chapter 5 and ended up finishing Bees in the Butterfly Garden in two days. Once again, this proves that I really do need to persevere with my books.

Bees in the Butterfly Garden is about lying, stealing, and how God will never let go of us. Hmm.... that sounds like a pretty decent, if generic, one sentence summary. Now for more detail. Meg (the protagonist) finds out that her largely absent father is a thief. Now
Jun 09, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary -
Meg Davenport has lived a sheltered life in one of the finest girls' schools in the country. When she receives word that her father has died, she sees her chance to break free from the rules that bind her and to learn more about the father she never really knew. She finds out that he wasn't the honest business man she thought him to be, instead he's one of the most talented thieves of the Gilded Age. Ian Maguire has always been treated as a son by Meg's father. He's now seeking the loya
Amber Stokes
Bees in the Butterfly Garden has a clever title and a cover lovely enough to draw readers in like butterflies to flowers. But the attraction doesn't stop at the title or the cover - this story is unique and engaging! Historical-romance fans will find an enjoyable setting that offers the traditional pull of the descriptions of the high life in late-19th century America. But there's a twist: the hero is a thief, and the heroine - despite her fancy upbringing - wants to be one, too.

No matter what o
I have personally read many of Maureen Lang's other books. This one was a departure from her normal writing style of war era stories, which I was really looking forward to. I enjoy war stories but only to a certain degree. This time period is much more my type of thing. So I started in on Bees in the Butterfly Garden with high expectations. I ended it with mixed feelings.

The plot sounded very interesting and the characters were likeable. But I just couldn't get into the book. For some reason it
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • A Flight of Fancy (The Daughters of Bainbridge House #2)
  • Sweeter Than Birdsong (Saddler's Legacy, #2)
  • Love by the Book (Ladies of Summerhill, #3)
  • Born of Persuasion (Price of Privilege, #1)
  • No Safe Harbor (Edge of Freedom, #1)
  • Skip Rock Shallows (Copper Brown, #3)
  • A Promise to Love (Michigan Northwoods, #2)
  • The Bride Wore Blue (The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek, #3)
  • The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow (Avenue of Dreams, #2)
  • All for a Story (All For, #2)
  • Forsaken Dreams (Escape to Paradise, #1)
  • Prize of My Heart (Sea Heroes of Duxbury)
  • A Most Unsuitable Match
  • Waiting for Spring (Westward Winds, #2)
  • Lady Outlaw
  • When Love Calls (The Gregory Sisters, #1)
  • A Home in Drayton Valley (Heart of the Prairie #9)
  • A Matter of Character (Sisters of Bethlehem Springs, #3)

Maureen Lang

Maureen Lang has always had a passion for writing. She wrote her first novel longhand around the age of 10, put the pages into a notebook she had covered with soft deerskin (nothing but the best!), then passed it around the neighborhood to rave reviews. It was so much fun she's been writing ever since.

Most of her books are historical, with an emphasis on faith and romance.

Maureen liv
More about Maureen Lang...

Other Books in the Series

The Gilded Legacy (2 books)
  • All in Good Time (The Gilded Legacy, #2)

Share This Book

“It is an utter violation of good breeding and training to speak or to behave in a way that disrespects, embarrasses, or otherwise denigrates aother human being; in so doing, you denigrate yourself as well.” 2 likes
“Marriage is holy in God’s eyes, a symbol of loyalty that mirrors God’s loyalty to us. It’s a union that will make one man and one woman better together than they can be apart.” 0 likes
More quotes…