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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 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?

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Very incredible story! The author did such a great job portraying grace, justice, and mercy. I really enjoyed this book.

I enjoyed the story of Bees in the Butterfly garden. It is a great story of discovering who you truly are.

“She knew God wouldn’t approve of what she was doing, but did she honestly believe He cared? Surely if her father or Ian were here, they wouldn’t let misplaced guilt or premature remorse prevent them from doing whatever they needed to do,” Maureen Lang describes Meg’s thoughts in her Gilded Legacy novel, Bees in the Butterfly Garden. At four hundred and seven pages, this paperback book has a photograph of a beautiful dark haired woman holding a rose with both bee and butterfly nearby. Targeted toward women, this Christian historical fiction has no overtly sexual or violent scenes or profanity as it promotes God’s grace and mercy. With almost all chapters starting with an etiquette rule of the time period, the end of the book includes an author’s note, biography, discussion questions and other author’s stories. Eighteen year old Meg Davenport has been living the majority of her sheltered life at Madame Marisse’s School for Girls in Connecticut in the late eighteen hundreds. Being at such an expensive, exclusive school, she has been taught physically, intellectually and spiritually as she matures to a respectable woman. However, the obstinate, defiant and self-determined child’s world is abruptly changed when she receives notice that her inattentive, uncaring father has passed away. When she visits her parent’s supposed home, her guardian, Ian Maguire caters to the beautiful, young girl, trying to shield her from the truth that her father, like him, has been a thief most of his life. Yet she blames Ian for filling her shoes, being the son her father never had and is convinced he was loved more than her. When she learns the true identity of her father’s sordid vocation, she is convinced she has the same rebellion in her blood and begs Ian and the seedy Brewster to be a part of their latest schemes. To be accepted, she freely offers to spend the summer in New York with the extremely wealthy Pembertons, hoping to discover where their gold bars are hidden. With twists, turns, confessions and acceptance, will Meg understand her father’s love and sacrifice? Will both she and Ian realize that God is far more merciful and full of grace than bringing justice and revenge? Although predictable, will love conquer wealth and status when it is only the heart that matters? Correlating to a butterfly garden that has an unwanted bee that can sting, this tome shows how deception, lies and deceit can be overcome by forgiveness, love and God’s grace in those who feel not forgiven, unwanted and unloved. This book was furnished by the author for review purposes.

Beautiful, Inspiring. This book was beautifully written, and as another reviewer said, it presented grace, mercy and justice in a wonderful way. I really liked Ian and Meg, and respected their reasons for their choices and the resolution. The story kept me interested. Even Pubjug was likeable. It is a clean, lovely romance just right for my sensibilities. I am downloading more of Maureen Lang's novels!