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Monday, June 14, 2010

MAID to MATCH by DEANNE GIST - Book Review

Maid to Match is the first of Deeanne's books that I have read.  And what a beautiful book it is!  From exquisite cover through to its satisfying conclusion, this story is a delight.

Set in the early days of the 20th century, in and around Asheville, N.C. and Biltmore Estate, Gist takes us back to the Gilded Age and gives us a peek at the daily life of the Vanderbilts and their household staff.  The historical details are fascinating, as are the characters.  Gist draws the reader into the dilemma of the main characters. We share their pain and struggles, as well as their happiness, and laugh at their antics. I loved this book and look forward to picking up Gist's other books-A Bride Most Begrudging, The Measure of a Lady, Courting Trouble, Deep in the Heart of Trouble, A Bride in the Bargain, and Beguiled. I highly recommend this most enjoyable book.

Back cover copy: "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 jobs, their aspirations...and their hearts."

Deeanne Gist has a background in education and journalism, and she has a degree from Texas A&M. She and her husband live in Houston, Texas, and have four grown children.  Dee loves to hear from her readers at her website, http://www.iwantherbook.com/.  To learn more about Dee, go to http://www.deeannegist.com/.

"This fall, join bestselling author Deeanne Gist for a luxurious weekend at the beautiful Biltmore mansion in Asheville, North Caroline.  Let us whisk you away to the Gilded Age in a special readers getaway! Experience the romance of history up close as you relax with Dee and go behind the scenes of the Maid to Match world."  For more information, visit http://www.getawaywithdee.com/.

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Maid to Match is available now at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
I wish to thank Graf-Martin Communications inc. and Bethany House for providing a copy of the book for review purposes.

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