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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
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Paperback, 363 pages
Published 2010 by Bethany House Publishers
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Anne Osterlund
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
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Kristy
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
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Nora St Laurent
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
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Carly
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 resear ...more
Joy
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
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Arec
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
Beth
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Gwen
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
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Valerie
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
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Sarah
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
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Carrie
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.

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TJ
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
Sue
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
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Michelle
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 i ...more
Kathy
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 character ...more
Esra
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
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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
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Gretchen
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
Sevimli Hırsız
Bu yorumun detayına aşağıdaki linke tıklayarak Anime ve Kitap Sever'den ulaşabilirsiniz.

http://www.animevekitapsever.com/2014...


Epey bir aradan sonra yeni bir Deeanne Gist kitabı görmenin hevesiyle Kırık Dökük Yaslar'ı fuarda almıştım.Ama okumak yeni yıla nasip oldu.Bu arada belirtmeliyim ki açık ara farkla okuduğum en iyi Deeanne Gist kitabıdır. Ben Kalbimin Sahibi'nden sonra o kadar beğeneceğim başka bir kitabı olmaz diye düşünürken Kırık Dökük Yaslar'ı okuyunca bunun üzerinde kitabı var mı so
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Rachel Thompson
Tillie has spent most of her life dreaming of becoming a lady's maid. The rules of the Biltmore house are strict, but she has always felt the reward is worth it. Such an elevated position would mean more money for her family and the less fortunate, plus she'd get to wear beautiful dresses and travel the world. The only thing that could mess with her plans is Mack Danvers, a handsome footman with plans of his own. Mick has no interest in working at the Biltmore as a footman, yet he needs the extr ...more
Josee
Cute story. I like Gilded Age-based stories and this one was interesting because it wasn't based in a big city of the Gilded Age, and instead told the story from the servants' point of views.


Tillie Reese, 18-years-old, is hindered by the extreme poverty in the mountains of North Carolina, and feels obligated to help her family put food on the table. She gets the job of her dreams (or her mother's dreams)—a position as a housemaid in George Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate. Tillie actually likes her
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Kathryn
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E. Chainey (Bookowski)
Ayrıntılı yorum ve Biltmore Evi ile Vanderbiltler hakkında bilgi için şuraya alayım sizleri :) : http://bookowski101.blogspot.com/2013...


Yoruma gelecek olursak; D. Gist'in okuduğum ikinci kitabı ve ben yine anlatımı, tarihi bilgilerle bezeli kurgu gücüne hayran kaldım. O kadar sade hayatları o kadar sade ama müthiş etkileyici bir dille anlatıyor ki siz de hikaye ile birlikte yaşıyorsunuz adeta. Matilda (Tillie) Reese ve Mackenzie (Mack) Danver sanki gerçekten de yaşamışlar gibi. Tillie sanki Bil
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Kimberly
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Beth
I had to read an inspirational book for a Reader's Advisory class, and I picked this because it had pretty high reviews on Goodreads, and also because I'm in love with Downton Abbey and this had elements of servants and the upper class. This was really more historical fiction/historical romance than inspiration, for which I was incredibly glad. I don't really like inspirationals that much, but this was at least passable. It wasn't hitting me over the head about Jesus and faith and all that good ...more
Valerie
I read this book 2 years ago in January. I have been trying to remember the name of this book forever because I knew I had to put it on my Goodreads reviews. (Side note, most of the time I do not pay attention to the titles of books I read. This has haunted me for 2 years because I came across a book that I loved that I hadn't been paying attention to the title of. No more haunting for me.)

At that time my friend and I were putting together a trip to visit our other friend in South Carolina. I ha
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*Walk Two Miles Down*
YOU NEED THIS BOOK NOW
Attention to all pure romance lovers, this book cannot be missed!

What?! Why is there hardly anyone reading this book?! I think it's a little gem! I love this author and her way of describing the surroundings which makes it realistic for me to visualise. I too love how beautiful her writing is where everything is so pure and genuine.

Mack is a true heroine and together with Tillie, they take on the challenges of a harsh world and share their love for the disadvantaged. To thi
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Nenette
The setting was in 1898. In the author's note, she mentioned that everything was culled out of her imagination except for the details about the Biltmore Estate, the furnishings, how it was managed, its owners (the Vanderbilts), how the maids and help hands were treated so very well.

With all these as the setting, the author has woven a feel-good love story between a maid and a useful man. The fictional part of the story was made very realistic with the author's attestations about the good heart o
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Barbara
What do you do when you are faced with two very different ways to serve God, one of which seems to be where your hearts desire is heading, and the other is what your parents, especially your mother, have groomed you to do your whole life? This is the dilemma facing Deeanne Gist's heroine, Tillie. Set near Asheville, North Carolina, in the late 1890's, this story gives you an idea of how both mountain people who lived simply and rich families such as the Vanderbilts and their servants lived. I lo ...more
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Her zaman soyluların aşk hikayesini okurduk. Burada işler tersine dönmüş. Hayatını leydi hizmetçisi olmaya adamış Tillie ile kardeşlerini yeniden bir araya toplamak için Tillie'nin çalıştığı yerde çalışmak zorunda kalan Mack'in aşk hikayesini okuyoruz. Sulu, cıvık, edepsiz hiç bir şey yok bu hikayede bana göre. Her şey dozundaydı. Yetimhane konusu ve sonlara doğru olan o olay da beklenmedikti. Farklı durmuş kitapta iyi olmuş iyi :) Bir iki diyaloğa çok güldüm. Özellikle burun karıştırma ile ilgi ...more
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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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