Saturday, June 26, 2010

Maid to Match

Title: Maid to Match
Author: Deeanne Gist
ISBN: 9780764204081

Blurb (from Goodreads):

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 the ways of refined society, the resulting sparks threaten Tillie's efforts to be chosen as Edith Vanderbilt's lady's maid. 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 jobs...and their hearts.

My take:

This is on my list of favorites for the year! Deeanne Gist is always one of my go-to authors for romances that really deliver the goods. This book is no exception.

What made this story unique was the setting. Biltmore is an awe inspiring place even today. Back when Edith Vanderbilt actually lived there it was a miracle. I loved reading about the sound of the electric lights or the innovative heating system ... and all the other things that make Biltmore and the Vanderbilts so unique.

On top of one of the best settings ever, she created some truly powerful characters. Tillie is smart and ambitious. She has a plan for her future and that plan doesn't include falling for the new useful man ... Even if he is too handsome for words, thinks of what she needs before she asks, knows when to be silent and then talks to her like a real person. Nope, her plan includes waiting on rich ladies and being part of their life so she can travel. She'll do whatever they want, whenever they want... but she'll be able to wear fine clothes and go to balls ...

Mack wants freedom, space to roam (he hates city life) and to take care of his family. He's hot-headed and quick with his fists. His sister and younger brothers were sent out to other families and an orphanage and he finds out they're not really getting the care they need. In fact, his sister is being beaten. He needs to fix the situation - and fast. He detests money and those who have a lot of it, but working at Biltmore may be his only way to get his sister out. That's when he meets Tillie ...

This story has plenty to offer. It was so interesting. You not only have a great romance with a wonderful backdrop - but there was also the story of the orphanage and what was going to happen to the children there. The author did a great job of addressing the whole idea what our priorities should be while also showing that not all people who have money are greedy, selfish pigs. lol

This is a funny, warm, genuine, book. I pre-ordered it a long time ago and I can tell this is one I'll be re-reading. The author is also hosting a trip to Biltmore estate. You can find out more about that here: Getaway With Dee

Don't forget that I have the giveaway for A Love of Her Own. It ends midnight on the 27th. :o)


  1. Excellent review, Lee! I am still trying to get my hands on this one -- hopefully soon. :)

    I miss chatting with you, but sometimes life just seems to take over. Good luck with your move -- keep us posted.


  2. I miss you too, Lori. Life happens - you're right. We'll just have to keep in touch the best we can -- and know that I'm pulling for you in the meantime. :o)

  3. I hope everything is going well, Lee!! I am so jealous that you have read this one already!! I've been wanting to read this one for so long :)

  4. Deeanne's books automatically go on my wishlist! I've really enjoyed everything that I've read by her and this looks like no exception! I can't wait! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on it!

    XOXO~ Renee

  5. Carrie ~ I didn't mean to make you jealous. It is such a great book! I'm so glad I pre-ordered it. It was one I knew I couldn't miss!

    Renee ~ I can't think of one of her books I haven't liked either. I wish I could go on her Getaway at Biltmore - but I don't have the money for that kind of thing right now. Wouldn't it be fun if a bunch of us could meet there?

  6. Hi Lee! :) I can't wait til I get my hands on this book! Sounds really good. A few years ago I went to Biltmore with my aunt and mom. We couldn't get over how big the place was and the rose garden was gorgeous.

  7. Angie ~ You've been to Biltmore? The closest I've come is part of a special on TV and the Lowes commercials. lol I've heard the gardens are really beautiful.

    This book is truly awesome. I know you'll love it. :o)

  8. thanks for the review, i like this author, i think i'll check it out. God bless.

  9. Alexandra - I hope you do check it out. It's a great story. If you like her books already, I bet this one will rank up there with your favorites.