Bees in the Butterfly Garden, by Maureen Lang

book coverRaised 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 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?

Meg Davenport always believed her father was a wealthy businessman who had no time for his only child. When he dies, she discovers that he was the leader of a band of thieves: a group now in the middle of a power struggle. Her father’s protégée, Ian, is up against an unsavory character called Brewster who appears to have few morals. Looking for excitement and believing she can no longer expect to be married into society, Meg inserts herself into their shady world.

To be honest, I didn’t care for Meg. She didn’t appear to develop a conscience until toward the end of the story. She was willing to use the Pemberton family for selfish purposes, when they welcomed her so willingly into their home. Time after time, her father’s paramour (a new Christian) warns her about the path she’s on, but she doesn’t listen. It is only when faced with prison that she seems to wake up. In contrast, Ian’s coming to Christ felt much more genuine. He is willing to pay the price for his crimes, whatever it may be, and he freely offers his confession. Ian reminded me of Remington Steele, as he has a very similar background to the Pierce Brosnan character from the 1980’s TV show.

The Pembertons have regular family problems, but I loved their way of addressing wrongdoings within the family. The perpetrator will receive justice, mercy or grace from the other family members. It is easy to want justice. How easy is it to extend grace? Meg has an opportunity to find out when the youngest Pemberton daughter wrongs her. But can the family extend this grace when they learn of Meg’s terrible deceit?

Publisher: Tyndale

Publication Date: 22 June 2012

Page Count: 407

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Thank you to Tyndale for my free copy of Bees in the Butterfly Garden, which I received in exchange for an honest review.



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