Maureen Lang’s “Bees in the Butterfly Garden” will immerse you in the lives of the rich and also the lives of those whom cheat the rich and those individuals caught in the midst of both lifestyles. Meg has grown up in the most elite boarding school; however she has always felt like she lacked her father’s love. Upon hearing of her father’s death, Meg bucks against the system of following rules that has been ingrained all of her life and begins to learn of her father’s life and why he kept her away all of her life. Ian, Meg’s father’s right hand man is caught between following the path of thievery and deception or breaking free of this style of life. It becomes more of a dilemma when Ian finds himself falling in love with Meg and wants what is best for her. Meg is determined to follow in her father’s footsteps and partner with some of her father’s old cohorts and so she spends the summer with a wealthy family under the pretense of designing a garden while in fact she is trying to find out where the family gold is hidden. Will Meg follow through with the plan or with the friendships that she builds.
I was immediately drawn into the story and the characters’ lives and I did not want to stop reading! The characters were all well-developed and I loved the dynamics and relationships between the characters. Nelson, Claire and Evie would be my choice to spend a summer with and I enjoyed learning about their way of life back in the late 1800’s. Another aspect of the book that I loved are the etiquette rules that are included as headers for each of the chapters. These are additional ways to really bring the way of life alive for the readers and further immerse them into the setting of the story. This is a book filled with so much and is very well-written, truly not a book to be missed as you will be drawn in to the romance and suspense!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for a honest review.*