Sunday, June 20, 2010
Maid to Match
From the day she arrived 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 entangles in a cover-up at the town orphanage. They could both lose their jobs, their aspirations...their hearts.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Maid to Match, go HERE.
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When Deanne Gist's name shows up on the book review list, I automatically check "yes". I never even worry about what the book is about because I have loved everything she has written. Within reading the first few pages of Maid to Match I realized that this was based in Asheville at the Biltmore Estate. I was so excited as this is where my husband is taking me to celebrate our 20th anniversary.
Tillie's mother has groomed her all her life to become a lady's maid. Her opportunity has opened up to be a lady's maid to none other than Mrs. Vanderbilt. Mack accept a position at the Biltmore only because he is trying to save enough money to rescue his sister from an abusive orphanage. Mrs. Vanderbilt quickly moves Mack up through the servant ranks because his twin brother works there as well and they make a "handsome pair" working side by side. Cleaning, polishing, and shining places like this dining room...
As you can imagine, keeping up with cleaning all of this required total dedication. Day by day, side by side.... Tillie and Mack find an attraction. Unfortunately, no servants may marry and if their attraction is found out they will both lose their positions at the Biltmore.
Ohhh.... I can't tell you anymore. You really MUST read this book. Reading it made me so much more excited about going to tour the Biltmore!