Thursday, June 16, 2011

Maid to Match

Author: Deeanne Gist
Publisher: Bethany House
June 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0408-1
Genre: Inspirational/historical romance

Tillie Reese is dazzled from the day she arrives at the Biltmore. She is now the head parlor maid, and she has aspirations of becoming the ladies maid. But then, the Vanderbilts hire Mack Danvers, a mountain man. Mainly because Mack’s twin brother, Evan is employed there and Mrs. Vanderbilts is thinking of the handsome twin brothers as being footmen. But there’s a problem.

Mack is a rough mountain man, used to talking with his fists and not his mouth. and turning him loose in an opulent mansion is a cause for disaster—for the crystal goblets and for Tillie. Especially when Tillie is chosen to teach Mack proper servant etiquette.

The stakes are raised even higher when a scandal at the orphanage involves Mack—and Tillie, by association. And now they could both lose their jobs—their aspirations—and their hearts.

MAID TO MATCH is a book I wanted to read for a long time and I’m so glad it finally wandered across my path. I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic tale and learning a bit about the life of the extremely rich and famous, though to be honest, some of the details grossed me out. I don’t think I would have lasted one day as a ladies maid so I have to hand it to Tillie that she was willing to try—and wanted to succeed!

The romance was every bit as good as what I came to expect from Ms. Gist’s writing, and she had me hooked from the moment the heroine and hero met and noticed each other. If you are looking for a good historical romance, rich with historical detail, then you’ll want to read MAID TO MATCH. More history about that time period is included in the author’s notes at the end of the book. $14.99. 359 pages.

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