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Maid to Match Paperback – June 1, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
This one is extremely rich in detail about Biltmore House in Asheville, NC. She has done some remarkable research and it is absolutely fascinating. However, that is just one aspect of the story. I never give away any plots of the books I review, but this one is full of all the goodness of a Deeanne Gist book. Mack Danvers is a wonderful man, caring of women and children in a time when they were mostly considered property. Tillie wants to spend her life as a ladies maid, not even thinking that maybe God has another plan for her life that includes love and a family all her own. That's all I'm giving away, but this book is rich in history and God's love, guidance and direction. And also a good measure of healthy, clean romance thrown in. Don't miss it.
This lovely romance is set in Ashville, NC at the Biltmore estate at the turn of the century, and is rich with intriguing details about the estate, the servant class, the social order of the time, and so much more. The author, Deanne Gist, goes to great lengths to make the story historically accurate. Reading this novel is an adventure, exploring a portal to a world that none of us would normally know much about. Today we are in many ways class-less, but at the time this novel takes place, opportunities were carefully circumscribed by social class. The Vanderbilts (who built the Biltmore) differed from many other wealthy people in that they cared for their servants and treated them as people. Still, to be limited by one's birth was hard and this experience is explored in this novel.
It is the story of Tillie, the head parlormaid at the Biltmore, a young lady who has been raised and educated to fulfill a high position in the home of the wealthiest people in the area--an amazing opportunity. When she falls in love she must choose between this dream of her entire life and the man she falls in love with. She must also discern what God's will is in her decision.
Although this is technically a Christian romance, I would call it a "Christian lite" romance, as faith does not have an overt role in the story line. I would expect that this is a novel that would appeal to all fans of historical romance, no matter what their faith leanings.
I actually did enjoy the first half of this book. It was fun reading about Biltmore and the life of the servants. The romance between Tillie and Mack was sweet and realistic. However, once the orphanage came to be a main part of the storyline, I lost interest and started skimming. The characters involved with the orphanage were very thin and the villain was a caricature. I couldn't understand why he didn't work the kids like slaves to keep the house clean. He had no qualms about beating them. It just seems like that would saved him and his wife work and made them look better if someone happened to want to see the back of the house.
I couldn't comprehend Tillie and Mack's sacrifice at the end of the book. The obstacles that they would have faced would have been incredible. It wasn't all that happy of an ending for me. The first half of the book was a 3 or 4 star rating and the second half was a 2 star.
I absolutely recommend this book if you enjoy historical fiction and romance with godly influence.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a quick, easy read that has been on my Kindle for quite some time now. I picked it up after reading and enjoying another book from this author, [book:The Measure of a... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kimberly D. Orosky
Really enjoyed this book. The author's writing style is easy to follow, pleasant to read and her character development admirable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leah
Every enlightening and enjoyable. Loved the characters and the interaction between them. It will be fun to visit the estate and imagine the characters from the book.Published 2 months ago by Susan
Nice read with our history threaded in the story. Bring the reader to come away with a story and new knowledge of our American history most are not aware of prior to reading this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by john s fisher
Splendid book!! I highly recommend it. The author did an excellent job at describing everything, and the characters have an amazing chemistry. Read morePublished 2 months ago by njg
It was a very good book. Easy to read and a sweet story.Published 2 months ago by Lorraine Macaione
I loved this book. At first I was stunned by the desires of Tully. The greatest desire of her heart was to be a ladies maid. To work in servitude. Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. Brimhall