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Maid to Match

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  10,578 ratings  ·  858 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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Angela I disagree with you. This is clean Christian fiction. Its not a peck on the cheek like a Hallmark movie but it is nothing like a harlequin romance eit…moreI disagree with you. This is clean Christian fiction. Its not a peck on the cheek like a Hallmark movie but it is nothing like a harlequin romance either. I'm a moral unmarried chaste young lady and I didn't find anything inappropriate about the wedding night scene. Its romantic but not at all graphic. Also, developing a relationship with God, trusting in Him, and following His will was very much a part of this story. I wish you could have caught that.(less)
Emmaline Neas Yes it’s not overly advanced and it’s based on Christian guidelines..there are some sad scenes...but they should be fine for a teenager!!

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Anne Osterlund
Sep 09, 2010 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
Jul 25, 2010 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
Jocelyn Green
After finishing Lilac Girls and The Glass Castle (shudder), I wanted something lighter, so opted for Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist. I've been wanting to read/listen to this novel ever since my husband and I visited the Biltmore Estate in June. The descriptions in the novel of not just the estate but of the servants activities bring everything to life even more than our tour did. The story itself was well-conceived and executed, with actual, believable obstacles to a match, and a slow whittling a ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jul 23, 2010 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 th
Jan 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I absolutely fell in love with this novel! It was truly amazing and I couldn't have picked a better novel to practically read in one day if I tried. I hate to say it took me so long to pick it up to read, life seemed to have gotten away from me!

Deeanne Gist is now my favorite author, I have read three separate books over the time span of her career, and I haven't been disappointed even once! Not only does Ms. Gist pick real places and likes to incorporate history into each novel, but she is all
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.
Kristy Mills
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
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
Arec Rain
Dec 23, 2010 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
Jun 16, 2010 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 resear ...more
Oct 07, 2011 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
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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. ...more
Willowy Whisper
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Very entertaining, sweet, and fun! Thumbs up!
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
plot - 4
writing style - 4.5
characters - 4
romance - 4.5
Gwendolyn Gage
Nov 01, 2011 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 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
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
Nov 06, 2015 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
Aug 07, 2010 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
Aug 13, 2012 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
Jan 13, 2015 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. In Deeanne's books she actually describes 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 two very different things. Please do not let your daughter read this, and
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
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
The storyline and history were great; I loved hearing about how the hierarchy of those in service works compared to their British counterparts, the ridiculous rules they must follow, and the fierce competition to be on the top.

It's on the steamy end of the sweet spectrum (think Julie Lessman), but it's an enthralling book (and less scandalous than I remembered). I liked it just as well upon rereading, if not a little better even. Looking at the dates, it would have come out right around the sam
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! ...more
Jody Hedlund
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Dee sure knows how to make lovable hereos! I'm taking notes! ...more
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own
Tillie Reese wants nothing more than to become a ladies maid, to Mrs, Vanderbilt herself. She has to do certain things to become one. Including never marry, and never have children. Tillie has to go through tests to see if she is capable of being a ladies maid. And when she becomes one, she will be the ladies maid, until she is thirty. The Vanderbilt's want only the best maids, they have to be beautiful and young. Tillie is just fine with that, until she meets handsome Mack.

Mack is a hillbilly f
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Set around the turn of the 20th century at the Vanderbilt estate in NC, this is a fictionalized account (but inspired by history) of two people on staff at the estate. Sweet and simple, this book is a pleasant read.
Mar 16, 2015 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
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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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