Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Maid to Match by Deanne Gist - REVIEWED

“Freedom didn’t always equate with coming and going as he pleased.” (p. 317)

Mack Danvers is a mountain man from the hills of North Carolina. His siblings were doled out like so many kittens after his mother died, and as one of the older brothers, Mack’s heart was torn with longing to bring his family together again. When he takes a position as a useful man at the Biltmore estate he enters into a world of servitude that binds him as surely as any gilded cage. Longing for freedom and purpose he has yet to recognize, Mack begins to work toward gaining the freedom to once again gather his family together.

Tilly Reese is the head parlormaid at the Vanderbuilt’s Biltmore estate, and she has been offered the opportunity to compete for the position of lady’s maid. This coveted position seems to be the fulfillment of Tilly’s dreams, until she meets Mack Danvers. From the moment these two appear on the same page, the electricity begins to spark between them, and by the time they have their first dance in the barnyard gathering the tension between them is almost unbearable. Tilly’s heart begins to pull her in a direction totally unfamiliar, but oh so wonderful, and she fights it with every ounce of strength in her bull-headed heart.

Deeanne Gist can write the BEST romances I have ever read! She creates characters with sass and personality, strong determination, gentle hearts and more charisma than the pages of the book can contain. Who would have ever dreamed of setting a story amid the people who served as servants of the Vanderbuilt’s Biltmore estate? Gist did, and it is a brilliant story! She sets poverty side by side with over-the-top affluence and yet she fleshes out characters on both sides of the financial divide and allows you to see purpose within both. Butt the most brilliant part of her story is that Gist allows the faith of her characters to lead them, even when they aren’t so very willing, and ultimately allows them to discover a purpose and fulfillment that no amount of money can purchase.

Maid to Match will make your heart swoon and your imagination soar as you watch Tilly and Mack try to deny the love that begins to grow between them. As when they finally discover God’s purpose in a most unlikely place, then and only then are both their dreams fulfilled.

This is a fabulous story, and one that I throughly enjoyed! If you are looking for a story with faith, romance, purpose and an honest look into the human heart, pick up a copy of Maid to Match today!! Brilliant!


Deeanne Gist has a background in education and journalism. Her credits include People, Parents, Parenting, Family Fun, and the Houston Chronicle and she has a degree from Texas A&M. Dee is the author of five previous bestselling novels including A Bride in the Bargain and she lives in Houston, Texas. Visit Deeanne's Web site at www.deeannegist.com

1 comment:

Mocha with Linda said...

I absolutely loved this book! And I'm giving a copy away on my blog.