I just finished reading Bees in the Butterfly Garden and I must say it was incredible! I don't think I have read anything by Maureen Lang until now but I like her style.
Meg Davenport has lived at Madame Marisse's school for young ladies in Connecticut since she was nine years old. She's now eighteen and her life has taken a turn--completely upside down. She is told her father has passed away, so she journeys to New York to attend his wake and find out why he never wanted her to live with him. What she finds out serves to steel her resolve to become her father's daughter, a shyster and a cheat. She desires to partner up with Ian Maguire, the man who was her father's partner before he passed away, but Ian knows this isn't the life her father desired for her. He tries everything at his disposal to to disuade Meg, but she is firm in her quest.
Meg chooses not to go back to Madame Marisse's but instead writes to an acquaintance she met there, Claire Pemberton, and offers to come build a butterfly garden for Claire's mother. Claire invites Meg to come and stay the summer not knowing that Meg is there to find out where the Pembertons keep their gold and then feed the information to Ian.
Maureen has written a tightly woven novel that will keep you intrigued until the very last page. It's hard to put down a book that is so well done. I absolutely LOVED it!