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Maid to Match

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  8,481 Ratings  ·  716 Reviews
From the day she arrives 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 the ways of refined society, the resulting sparks threaten Tillie's efforts to be chosen as Edith Vanderbilt's lady's maid.

But the stakes rise e
Paperback, 363 pages
Published 2010 by Bethany House Publishers
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Racheal The wedding night is not graphic at all and the scene ends before anything "happens." And she's mentions God throughout. So I don't personally agree…moreThe wedding night is not graphic at all and the scene ends before anything "happens." And she's mentions God throughout. So I don't personally agree with you, but I'll agree it doesn't feel as God-oriented as other Christian fiction. (less)

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Anne Osterlund
Oct 03, 2010 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it
Tilly has been dreaming her entire life of becoming a lady’s maid. And now she has the chance. If she can keep herself from throwing up every time she gets in a moving carriage, defeat the sneaky girl she is competing against, and avoid falling in love with the new footman.

Mack has no interest in being a footman. Those hideous gloves and fancy shoes. Ugh! He just wants to earn the money to get his sister away from the creep running the local orphanage. And then head back for the space and freedo
Aug 20, 2010 Joy rated it it was amazing
If I measured the heat level of a romance by how many times I dog eared the pages to come back to them, then Maid to Match would be like a summer in Arizona. This inspirational romance was steamy, just the way I like 'em. And just so we're clear, a steamy inspirational means lots of restrained passion, not graphic descriptions.

Deeanne Gist has a way with writing dialogue- romantic one liners that just rip at your heart and bottom out your stomach (there's a scene involving shirt measurements tha
Nora St Laurent
Jul 09, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deanne hits another home run with Maid to Match. I was glad to receive a review copy. I loved the first line, “Like a butterfly breaking free from its confining cocoon, Tillie Reese emerged from the barren, tan-colored servants’ hall into the opulence of Biltmore’s main level.”

This author quickly whisked me into the Biltmore, where I wanted to know more about the Vanderbilts, their amazing home and what was required to become a lady's maid. My favorite thing about Deanne’s books is the fact tha
I LOVED this book. I have been in a bit of rut the past month or so. I have about 5 books started, and I just can't seem to finish them. I keep losing interest. I don't know if it is because I burned myself out by reading SO much the past 9 months, or if I have just been picking the wrong books lately. Well I could not put this book down. I started reading it last night after the kids went to bed. I read all night. I just loved it.

Tillie's mother had trained Tillie to be a Lady's Maid, so she c
Jun 19, 2010 Carly rated it it was amazing
I have lived in North Carolina for almost three years now and I have yet to make it out to Asheville and the Biltmore mansion, but it is a place I want to see as soon as possible. I loved getting an inside look at life at the Biltmore during the Gilded Age and all the intricacies of running and maintaining the household. To me, the romance between Mack and Tillie took a backseat to the fascination of the Biltmore and the Vanderbilts. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the amount of ...more
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
impressive. i LOVED the detail about the biltmore house, its domestic staff, and the surrounding appalachain culture. this is a very moderate romance, too, which was a nice change. there were only a few instances of the main characters' actions stretching believability. huzzah!
the subplots and minor characters were refreshingly dickensian, with much more actual social engagement happening than in your average christian romance.
plus, now i want to visit the actual biltmore estate and see it for
4.5 stars. Quick and light read

I didn't expect this book to be as this good I honestly suspect it to be so shallow but it definitely was the opposite.
I liked Mack character sooo much. He is is really a true man and so nobel and i liked most his respect for women and his care for the children.

This was my first read for this author and it won't be the last one for sure.
Arec Rain
Dec 26, 2010 Arec Rain rated it it was amazing
I was so completely enchanted by this novel that I was sad when I finished. In fact, I didn't even know that I was close to the end until I turned the page and there wasn't any more text. When I requested this novel from Goodread's book swap, I didn't expect to love it so much. I'm not a fan of Christian novels, but I didn't even know that it was such until I looked up more about the author. There were numerous references to the Christian god, and the character's relying on him for strength and ...more
I have yet to read a historical romance by Deeanne Gist that I haven't totally adored. She has a way with words, setting, and edgy romantic elements that is just hard for other authors to beat. Maid to Match was a real page-turner, in my opinion, but it was more than that. It was truly insightful and inspiring. I loved how the story delved into what true riches are and how status and a good job can only go so far when it comes to truly satisfying work in this life. For a person of faith, there ...more
Gwendolyn Gage
Oct 13, 2014 Gwendolyn Gage rated it liked it
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 Ashv
Jun 16, 2010 Valerie rated it really liked it
I have officially decided I like this author. Maid to Match is my second book of her's (Beguiled was the first) and it was even better than Beguiled.

Maid to Match is set in North Carolina in the late 1890's in the Vanderbilt manor, Biltmore. Tillie is the head parlormaid and is called upon to train the new footman Mack. Mack is anything but polished and Tilly has her hands full making him acceptably refined.

And of course, romance develops.

What I like most about Deanne Gist's writing is that her
Oct 18, 2011 TJ rated it really liked it
A very light, sweet, clean romance. The unique setting is what really makes the story stand out from the rest, though. Readers of any kind of historical romance are so used to the servants being only background comments that a book that actually allows those servants center stage is wonderful in and of itself. Gist offers a very realistic look at the realities, both good and bad, in the life of the servant class while weaving a very sweet romance into the fabric. For that alone this book is high ...more
Jan 09, 2016 Cecelia rated it it was amazing
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This book was so much better than I thought it would be. Historically accurate and incredibly well written, "Maid to Match" is quite the page turner. Anyone who loves Downton Abbey will definitely adore this book. It's a wonderful story that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
Jan 05, 2011 Beth rated it did not like it
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Jun 21, 2016 Celestial rated it did not like it
This book was not written poorly, and characters are interesting. However the reason I gave this book two stars is because of the sex content. I can't help but notice that in every Deeanne Gist book I have read she includes sex. I am not against an author mentioning a wedding night, but in Deeanne's books she gives a lot more description to the wedding night.
I do not believe it is healthy to read content like this. Witnessing somebody kiss, and witnessing part of somebody's wedding night are tw
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
This was another one I got forever ago as a Kindle freebie, not sure why I waited so long to read it. I thought this was a very good book. It was interesting to see behind the scenes at what all the serving class had to do to take care of a house and family. Kind of reminded of the one episode I saw of Downtown Abbey. To be honest, just reading about all the work Tillie did made me tired (and a bit guilty since I was curled up reading while she was working). Tillie was a pretty likable ...more
Oct 20, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
First off, If you like just pure romance books, you will love this book. However, I found it rather a shallow story and wen I closed the book, I felt like I had wasted me time.

Deeanne Gist is a good story teller and the book was well written. The faith elements in the story didn't come to play until the end of the book and felt more like they were added on last minute. Some of the other this I did not like about this story was the fact the girl gets drunk because she doesn't realize a drink is s
I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written American historical by Gist. Having toured the Biltmore House more than once, I enjoyed envisioning the rooms and the grounds in the story. Having the story set "below stairs" was unique and interesting. I was fascinated by the description of life as a servant at the turn of the 20th Century. Even though the Vanderbilt's were more progressive in their treatment of their staff than most people, being a servant was a very difficult and labor intensive job.

I s
Aug 07, 2010 Gretchen rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
I read this book strictly because it is set at Biltmore, and I was going on a weekend trip to Biltmore. I thought it might give a little more context to the visit. And it did, sort of. The book itself was kind of stupid. And it had a major identity crisis. For most of the book the writing and plot verged on being a "romance" novel - but then suddenly the characters became very religious and it was almost a "christian" novel. As a reader I got a little Genre Whiplash. Don't tell, but I took this ...more
I love Gist's books and this one was just as good as her other ones. It was just a fun romantic read- what I love the most!
Sarah Farley
Nov 03, 2015 Sarah Farley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Adoooored this book so much! A perfect read!
Jul 19, 2015 Hope rated it really liked it
I absolutely love Gist's novels! They are always full of accurate, historical details as well as authentic romance and intrigue. If some of the historical details in her novel are not completely accurate, or if she made them up completely, she always informs the reader of this in her author's note. I appreciate it when authors do not leave the reader believing that everything they say is true, but rather inform them of the accurate details and information.

I enjoyed this book because I love Downt
Aug 10, 2010 Kimberly rated it liked it
Shelves: gentle-reads
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Oct 19, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it
Light historical fiction which I read on my Kindle during a flight from the UK. The story is set in the USA, and features Tillie, head housemaid in a wealthy home. She - at the urging of her mother over many years - hopes in time to become personal maid to the lady of the household. Work is hard, but the prestige and pay seem enticing.

Then onto the scene arrives Mack, twin brother to Earl who is another of the servants in the household where Tillie works. Earl is rather a ladies' man but Mack is
Nov 07, 2015 Kav rated it it was amazing
A fascinating look at the below stairs life of the famous Biltmore Estate owned by the Vanderbilts. The vivid details piqued my interest so much that I had to check it out online. My jaw dropped. No wonder it took 66 servants to keep the place running. Tillie is just as mesmerized by the estate and the lifestyle which causes some skewed priorities. Especially when Mack arrives on the scene. Rough around the edges, plain-spoken, he's the one risk that might just interfere with Tillie's ambitions ...more
Jan 23, 2014 Esra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-a-copy
Yazarın okuduğum 5. kitabıydı Kırık Dökük Yaslar.. Çok beğendim.. Historical romanlarda aristokrat kısmın gözünden okumaya alışmışız.. O düzenlenen şaşaalı balolarda, davetlerde arka planda neler yaşanıyor, hizmetliler neler çekiyor hiçbirimizin haberi yok tabii..
Burada bizzat Tillie ve Mack ile o anlara şahit olduk, onlarla birlikte koşturduk görevlerin peşinden.. Çok da güzel bir değişiklik oldu böylesi..
Ayrıca bahsi geçen ev sahipleri de tarihte gerçekte yer alan kişilermiş ve kitapta hakla
Mar 25, 2014 Natalie rated it really liked it
This is a sweet romance book. I didn't expect anything deep or educational and I didn't really get it. Thankfully that is replaced by sweet romance and some swoon worthy kisses. I tend to avoid inspirational fiction because it too often becomes too thin in the plot department and gets fairly sloppy and repetitive. The inspirational parts of this mixed well with the plot and wouldn't annoy any Christian reader, even those who don't usually try this genre. I recommend this book for someone who is ...more
Sep 12, 2013 Deborah rated it liked it
I think this author writes a witty, fun romance. I liked this story except for the orphanage angle. I couldn't handle it every time they talked about the abuse there and what ends up happening in the end...couldn't. Handle. It!

I thought their relationship wrapped up nice and there were moments that were so sweet. I just don't see myself reading this one again.
Jan 25, 2015 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice story. Awesome detail about Biltmore estate and the Vanderbilts. Definitely on my list of places I would love to go! Characters are believable and lovable. I enjoyed the story. It was complex at times, but a fast read for me. Love stories about orphanages also. This was a winner!
Jul 17, 2016 Kalyn rated it really liked it
This cute story reminded me so much of Downton Abbey, except that it was set in America and featured the Vanderbilts. I hadn't picked up one of Deeanne's books in a while, and I'm so glad I did! After reading it, now I can't wait to go visit the Vanderbilt estate in S.C.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Dec 21, 2014 06:31AM  
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  • She Walks in Beauty
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  • The Vigilante's Bride
  • The Frontiersman's Daughter
  • While We're Far Apart
  • Embers of Love (Striking a Match, #1)
  • Making Waves (Lake Manawa Summers #1)
  • Lady in the Mist (The Midwives, #1)
  • The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
  • Remembered (Fountain Creek Chronicles, #3)
  • Sixteen Brides
  • A Vote of Confidence (Sisters of Bethlehem Springs, #1)
  • Fairer Than Morning (Saddler's Legacy, #1)
  • My Heart Remembers
Deeanne Gist has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captivated readers everywhere with her original historical and contemporary romances. A favorite among readers and reviewers alike, her popular titles include It Happened at the Fair and Fair Play. Her latest book, Tiffany Girl, is available May 5, 2015.

A popular speaker, Gist’s presentations have been featured on the front page of the Wall St
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“Tillie studied her mother’s face. The face which had seen thirty-seven years of life. Twenty-one years of marriage. The birth of ten babies. The death of one.” 2 likes
“And so you should.” He again assessed the newly replaced windows and repaired roof, then clapped Mack on the shoulder. “It’s a good thing you’re doing. And if you take time to share your knowledge with the boys, it’ll give them much more than a skill. It’ll give them hope.” 1 likes
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