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Bees in the Butterfly Garden

(The Gilded Legacy #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  611 ratings  ·  119 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
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 23, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish
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.
Aug 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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!
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
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the story, the overall plot in the book and the Christian content and themes. For some reason it was hard for me to really get into it fully though. I think the pace was slow at times. I did enjoy the romance and the setting! Overall it was a pretty good read.

Content: This is a clean read
Lisa Johnson
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Title: Bees in the Butterfly Garden
Author: Maureen Lang
Pages: 399
Year: 2012
Publisher: Tyndale

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 was very young and her father sent her away to school so he wouldn’t have to bother with her so Meg thinks. Her father visits her about two times a year accompanied his “assistant” Ian. She excels in most everything
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 rated it really liked it
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 whe
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Charity U
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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 learn
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 rated it it was amazing
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 reminde ...more
Mar 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
(Free e-book) Boring with an unrealistic plot.
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
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Rachel Brand
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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 sh
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The cover was absolutely stunning, which was what immediately attracted me to it. After reading the cover - I can't help buying a book with a description like that - I bought it and settled down for a nice read.

I really liked the ultimate ending and message about the book. The concepts of grace, mercy, and justice were well-spoken, and very beautiful written in. There is nothing better than a story that screams that message from the rooftops. I really liked Meg and Ian, and I loved Claire's fam
I had a very difficult time getting into the story. The characters could have been more developed. As is, they seemed shallow and weren't very likeable.

Things seemed to move slowly. Meg got on my nerves which didn't help to move things along.
The plot wasn't my cup of tea. I guess having the main character teetering between whether being a thief or living in high society was better, didn't help much.

I did enjoy the writer's history tidbits that were at the beginning of each cha
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unexpected events change her life's direction

Meg was raised in an exclusive boarding school among Fifth Avenue’s finest. She never knew her mother and barely knows her father. 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.

Her father's protégé, Ian Maguire knows the last thing h
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this book for my book club and I was pretty excited about it. It was definitely worth the read, especially as a Christian. Similar to what was said in some of the other reviews, I didn't really connect to the characters. Because of that, I'm surprised I can honestly give it three stars since I strongly believe this: Bad characters can't carry a good plot, but good characters can carry a terrible plot. The plot was good, so I encourage people to keep reading despite the mediocre characters ...more
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't usually get that interested in romance novels, but this one definitely caught my attention. Finding out her father was a thief, convincing herself she should be a thief too, falling in love with her father's partner...very well-thought out plot. And I love the scenes with the painting and how it stopped both of them in their tracks.
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well crafted novel

Bees in the Butterfly Garden is a well crafted novel showing man’s fallibility, redemption, and God’s mercy and grace. I truly enjoyed this story and could not wait to see how it would be worked out in the end. I highly recommend this book.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Just couldn't get into this book and the premise ended up being too unrealistic for me.
Rachel Sides
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the story, but the resolution was not believable.
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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

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