Saturday, May 2, 2015

Tiffany Girl

Author: Deeanne Gist
Publisher: Howard Books
May 2015
ISBN: 978-1476738536
Genre: Historical romance

From the bestselling author of It Happened at the Fair and Fair Play comes a compelling historical novel about a progressive “New Woman”—the girl behind Tiffany’s chapel—and the love that threatens it all.

As preparations for the 1893 World’s Fair set Chicago and the nation on fire, Louis Tiffany—heir to the exclusive Fifth Avenue jewelry empire—seizes the opportunity to unveil his state-of-the-art, stained glass, mosaic chapel, the likes of which the world has never seen.

But when Louis’s dream is threatened by a glassworkers’ strike months before the Fair opens, he turns to an unforeseen source for help: the female students at the Art Students League of New York. Eager for adventure, the young women pick up their skirts, move to boarding houses, take up steel cutters, and assume new identities as the “Tiffany Girls.”

Tiffany Girl is the heartwarming story of the impetuous Flossie Jayne, a beautiful, budding artist who is handpicked by Louis to help complete the Tiffany chapel. Though excited to live in a boarding house when most women stayed home, she quickly finds the world is less welcoming than anticipated. From a Casanova male, to an unconventional married couple, and a condescending singing master, she takes on a colorful cast of characters to transform the boarding house into a home while racing to complete the Tiffany chapel and make a name for herself in the art world.

As challenges mount, her ambitions become threatened from an unexpected quarter: her own heart. Who will claim victory? Her dreams or the captivating boarder next door?

TIFFANY GIRL is Ms. Gist’s newest historical romance. I love her historicals, but the last book of hers I read went over the top in “titillating” ways. I heard she was going ABA and I thought probably I wouldn’t read her books any more since I try to stick to strictly CBA books.  When TIFFANY GIRL came available from a publisher I know and trust, I opted to review it.

I have read other reviews about this book and some have complained about certain scenes, but they didn’t bother me in this book. Yes, sexual tension was high in parts. But nothing was done, seen, or touched that might raise eyebrows.

The faith message was subtle, but even so, there are vague references to God and a Deity. I came to a complete stop when Flossie referred to a verse in Revelations, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. Even though it is there alone and no worship on the part of the character took place, in my heart there was worship.
There was one biblical error in the book when Adam is referenced along with the ark. It should've been Noah. 

The book is very long, but it was easy reading. I fell in love with both Reeve and Flossie, and a secondary character who plays a key role. If you like historical romances, then pick up TIFFANY GIRL. Ms. Gist did extensive research on this novel and has pages of author notes, footnotes, and more included. There are also lovely drawings of some of the scenes. Highly recommended.

5 stars. Available in ebook, paperback, and hardcover. 544 pages.

This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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