Bees in the Butterfly Garden: A pleasant surprise

about the book...

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 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?

my review....

Every so often I actually READ one of the free books that I've downloaded over the previous few months. My latest choice was Bees in the Butterfly, an ebook that had been offered by Tyndale House Publishers at no cost, and I chose to give it a try because the premise was one that intrigued me. Oh, I knew that it would need to be somewhat predictable where two people who seemingly come from two different worlds are destined to fall in love. But I enjoyed the author's fresh take on the story, with Meg choosing to embrace her father's thieving past, and I definitely enjoyed a few of the twists thrown in along the way. The characters are fun, and they learn valuable lessons along the way, both about who they are and about the grace of God. The author paints a powerful portrayal of the meaning of forgiveness in the pages of this story, and that alone makes this a book worth reading.

If you haven't read a book by Maureen Lang, well then what are you waiting for? I hadn't either, but I'm glad I gave her a try. I'll certainly be looking up her next books!

I give this book a solid recommendation of 4 out of 5 stars.

about the author....

Image of Maureen LangMaureen Lang has been writing stories since the age of ten, when she figured out a way to write the stories she feels like reading. Since then she's become the award-winning author of over a dozen published novels. In the last ten years her faith has directed her to write stories that reflect Christian hope and traditional values. She's also been an active member of the disability community since her oldest son was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome, a genetic form of mental retardation. Maureen loves going on research trips to get a feel for the settings of her novels, and lives in the Chicago area with her husband, children, and lovable Labrador Retriever. Visit her on the web at