Tillie Reese has been trained to be a lady's maid since she was a little girl, and now she's got her chance. Employed at Biltmore as the head parlor maid, she's given a contest with another maid for the position when Mrs. Vanderbilt's lady's maid turns in her notice. Then mountain man Mack Danver is hired on, and the sparks that fly between them threaten everything Tillie's worked so hard for.
Maid to Match is a sweet, charming story about a maid employed at the historical Biltmore Estate in Ashville, North Carolina, during the Gilded Age. I was completely delighted with the rich history and descriptions of Biltmore, the detail of the period clothing and hairstyles, and Gist's realistic portrayal of the servants' lives. "Downton Abbey" fans will be pleased.
Faith in God played a small role in the latter part of the story, and it was a little awkward and jolting since Tillie didn't start the book depending on God for guidance, and nothing happened to explain the change in her. The villain didn't come across as real as the other characters, but this could be because he was more a part of a sub-plot than the main, overall story.
Maid to Match was my first Deeanne Gist novel, and I liked it well enough to pick up another of her works. I wouldn't reccommend it to readers who get bored without mystery and suspense elements, or to those who are uncomfortable with a romance heavy on the physical aspect. But if you enjoy fun, light reads filled with historical detail, and featuring a clean but steamy romance, this may be a good match for you. :-)
Favorite line of the book: "I picked my nose."
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