Sunday, June 20, 2010

Maid to Match

Falling in love could cost her everything.

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.    

The Biltmore, owned by the Vanderbilts, is quite an attraction today but can you imagine what it must have been like to the people in 1895 when it was built?     It is a 175,000 square foot home with electric lights, an indoor pool, servants had quarters with indoor plumbing (unheard of!), and it had a HUGE staff of servants.     Look at that place.  It is two of those servants that this story centers around:   Tillie and Mack.      

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...

And Mr. Vanderbilt's bedroom...
Mrs. Vanderbilt's bedroom (they slept in separate bedrooms?!?)

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!


Patti Lacy said...

Oh, I LOVEEEEED our family trip to the Biltmore. Sigh. You are COSTING ME $$$, girl!

Thanks so much for brightening a day that's a bit dulled by a deadline. I DON'T LIKE PRESSURE!!!


...i'm black betty... said...

hubby's parents went to biltmore a few years back. i want to go...someday. putting that on bucket! ;)

thank you for your encouraging words on my blog this morning. i needed to hear "something" positive today.