May 13, 2011

A Wonderful Historical Read


Maid to Match
By Deeanne Gist
ISBN 978-0-9642-0408-1
Bethany
Historical Romance

Back Cover copy:

Falling in Love Could Cost Her Everything

From the day she arrives at the Biltmore, Tillie Reese is dazzled—by the riches of the Vanderbilts and by Mack Danvers, a mountain man turned footman. When Tillie is enlisted to help tame Mack’s rugged behavior by tutoring him in proper servant etiquette, the resulting sparks threaten Tillie’s efforts to be chosen as Edith Vanderbilt’s Lady’s maid. After all, the one rule of the house is no romance below stairs.

But the stakes rise even higher when Mack and Tillie become entangled in a cover-up at the town orphanage. They could both lose their aspirations. . .and their hearts.

My Review:

Earlier this year, I was invited to a published author’s week-long retreat. Deeanne was there and gave a presentation about all the research she did for this book. I knew I had to read it.

She weaves a rich tapestry of life in the Gilded Age, both in Biltmore and in surrounding areas. The mansion is so intrinsic to the story that it becomes an essential character. And every bit of the setting is clearly tied to the characters in each scene. Against that tapestry, the story plays out. Passion. Misunderstandings. Culture clashes. But most of all the strong romance and the spiritual thread.

Chapter 10 is a must-read for writers of Christian romance. The sensual romantic tension runs high in a clearly pure way. And the air sizzles with the awareness between the characters. This dynamic continues throughout the rest of the book, but not as concentrated as in this chapter.

I love, love, love this book. I’ve read all but one of Deeanne’s books and loved them. This one is by far the best she’s ever written. I highly recommend it.

Lena Nelson Dooley, author of Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico and the McKenna's Daughters series. http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com

1 comment:

jtwebster books said...

Thanks for the review Lena. I adore Deeanne's books too, but haven't got to this one yet. I plan to remedy that as soon as possible!