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Maid To Match

By Deeanne Gist

Tillie Reese has been training all her eighteen years for this golden opportunity – Mrs Vanderbilt’s lady’s maid is returning to her home in France leaving the position free. Now the running is just between her and beautiful, serene Lucy Lewers. Can she attain the prize her mother has dreamed of for so long? But there is a rather large cloud on the horizon in the shape of mountain man, Mack Danvers, who is not only handed over to her to train but is drop-dead gorgeous. Mack has a reason for wanting to tame his rugged personality and earn some money, and soon he and Tillie have a spot of investigation to do. Will Tillie’s new love for Mack jeopardize her chances of becoming a lady’s maid?

This book fascinated me from page one with its meticulously researched picture of life below stairs in a great house. If you have ever wondered what servants actually did back in the “Gilded Age” then you need to read this, and learn all about the Vanderbilt’s amazing Biltmore mansion as well. Tillie has to discover what she really wants out of life, and has some good deeds to do along with Mack as they uncover what is going on in an outwardly respectable orphanage. Ms Gist has written something of a page turner here, as although this is not a short book there is always plenty going on, whether it is life at Biltmore, a house party, the servants’ own socials or the pair’s investigations. I’ll be looking out for more from this author from now on.

The Book

Bethany House (Baker Publishing)
August 2010
0764204084 / 9780764204081
Historical Romance/Inspirational Fiction/ 1898 North Carolina
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2010
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