Title: Bees in the Butterfly Garden
Author: Maureen Lang
The main character in this book is Meg Davenport. She has spent most of her life at an exclusive bordering school in Connecticut. Her mother died when she was very young and her father sent her away to school so he wouldn’t have to bother with her so Meg thinks. Her father visits her about two times a year accompanied his “assistant” Ian. She excels in most everything at school, especially horticulture. In her younger years at school, she would try to escape in order to get to her father, but she would always be caught. After her last attempt at age 14, she comes to believe she must accept her life at school as her father doesn’t want her anyway. He only has time for Ian. She is jealous of the time Ian has with her father.
Now at age 18, Meg receives a not from Ian letting her know that her father has died. She attends the funeral with initial plans to return to school. During her visit, she learns about the past of a father who was a stranger to her. She decides she can’t return to school and should try to take up her father’s profession. He taught Ian everything he knew, so why shouldn’t Ian teach her? She has no desire for a husband right now and doesn’t want to continue school.
Ian is bound and determined that Meg will return to school and not go into her father’s business. He refuses to teach her anything about the business or become her partner. Meg’s father’s last request was that Ian take care of and protect his daughter. Ian also has loved Meg from afar. He thinks he is not good enough for her and knows her father would think the same.
Meg sets out on her own to prove that she does belong in her father’s business. She manipulates Ian into helping her against his own judgment. She takes up residence with a former acquaintance from school to design a garden as a present for her acquaintance’s mother. She finds herself living with a truly Christian family. They are very wealthy financially and spiritually, but are also very faithful stewards with what God has blessed them. As the story progresses, Meg and Ian both begin to doubt the merits of their plan. They see Christ demonstrated to them through this family. Both reach a low point, though separately, where they understand the love, mercy, and grace of God. They experience forgiveness and find faith in the One True God. Do you long for the same? Seek God first.
My rating is three stars.