Deeanne Gist does it again, and I must say that her newest novel, Maid to Match, is one of her best so far. Set in the beautiful Biltmore House of the Blue Ridge Mountains during the turn of the twentieth century, Gist brings the culture, class clash, and era alive.
Tillie Reese is living her dream, or is it her mother’s dream? She is one of two women being considered as Edith Vanderbilt’s lady’s maid, a position that will promise prestige, financial security, and travel. All Tillie has to do is keep from falling in love with any other servants, especially the new, rugged mountain man-turned-footman, Mack Danvers.
Sparks as brilliant as the electric lights in the Biltmore flash between Tillie and Mack from their very first encounter. As they work together to serve the Vanderbilts, and then protect the local orphans, their lives and hearts entwine in a dangerous way – a way that will certainly lead Tillie to answer a difficult question: What is God’s dream for her life?
This book has so much romantic tension and conflict that the reader gets drawn in, unable to release the book until the end. Once I started reading it, I was stuck. Deeanne’s beautiful writing and descriptives bring the era to life, her characterization causes the reader to experience the conflict, humor, and romance of Tillie and Mack.
I loved the hero. Mack is totally human – flawed, but carries enough manliness to fill up the entire Biltmore Estate. The reader feels his presence on the page as if he’s entered the room. The attraction between Tillie and Mack is palpable – at every encounter. I mean, this book is saturated with romantic tension. I love it.
If you’re looking for a story filled with high-stakes romance and wonderful humor, Maid to Match is definitely for you.
To learn more about Dee’s fabulous books (all of them are FANTASTIC), check out her website at www.deeannegist.com