Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Review: Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist

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 that made me swoon). If you've been reading my blog, you already know I'm a huge fan of Gist's work. But I'd place this latest book in her top three, along with my dog eared copies of A Bride Most Begrudging and The Measure of a Lady.

Mack and Tillie are both likable characters with hearts for God. I found the premise of a romance between house servants at the Biltmore Estate unique, and I got such a kick out of exploring the setting- turn of the century North Carolina. One of the thrills of reading a great book is discovering new places, and Maid to Match delivered on that account too. The author hinted at a mountain man culture in that area that I'd never heard of. And the details she included about the Biltmore Estate made me wish I could visit.

I definitely recommend you put Maid to Match on your must read list!

And speaking of visits, Gist is hosting a special getaway for readers next month to the Biltmore Estate, and she just announced a significant rate drop. If you're interested, check out her website. Just don't tell me if you end up booking the trip, because I'll turn pea green (if teachers could take time off in September, I'd so be there).

Want more information? Here's the back cover blurb:

Falling in Love Could Cost Her Everything

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 proper servant etiquette, the resulting sparks threaten Tillie's efforts to be chosen as Edith Vanderbilt's lady's maid. After all, the one rule of the house is no romance below stairs.

But the stakes rise even higher when Mack and Tillie become entangled in a cover-up at the town orphanage. They could both lose their jobs, their aspirations...and their hearts.

Did you miss Deeanne's visit to Edgy Inspirational Romance? Read her interview here.

My Rating:


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  2. Have you read Deeanne's other books? I ask that because I don't feel "Maid to Match" was her hottest book. I felt it had been tamed down to have a more broad appeal - and that's okay - but I missed the edginess of "Measure of a Lady" or "Bride most Begrudging" where they are married yet not having "relations" and wanting too. Hot! Hot! Hot! I LOVE Deeanne Gist and tore through all her books at lightening speed. She's one of the few authors I would consider reading the book twice. Great review and interview!

  3. ****SPOILER ALERT****

    Hi Angie,

    I have read all of Deeanne's books. I agree this one is not her hottest book. Not as steamy as either a Bride Most Begrudging or Measure of a Lady, but I do think it belongs in the top three. I think the last scene at the mountain cottage was pretty smokin' and as I mentioned earlier, the shirt measuring scene was steamy too.

    I'm very happy with Maid to Match, because I thought her last book, Beguiled was a departure from her edgy roots. And while I liked it, I was happy to see her go back to what I think she writes best...historical romance that makes your heart pound.

    But my favorite Gist book to date is Measure of a Lady.

    Which one is your favorite?

  4. Oops, I'm not Rainforest, I'm Joy. Accidentally signed in under DH's account. :(

  5. Oh! You know what? I have looked at this book more than once while at work (I work in a bookstore) and keep thinking I'd like to read it -- now I've FINALLY added it to my to-read list. I'll pick it up asap. Thanks for the great review -- I haven't read any by her yet and will have to try her out.

    (Hopped over from the Blog Hop.)

  6. I was wondering who was rainforest when they sounded an awful lot like Joy. :) Sometimes I think the first book I read of an author sticks as my that would be "Measure of a Lady." I thought the whole cowboy swagger of Johnny was so hot and his bad boy image but then Joe in Bride in the Bargain was delectable when he had to have Anna nurse him back to health. And then there is Drew in Bride Most Begrudging who is trying not to want his wife! How awesome is all that?! I don't think I can just a favorite. I love them all. I just wish Deeanne would hurry and write some more books!

  7. Ooops...couple more are right. The shirt scene in Maid to Match was really good. Also, have you read "Vigalantes Bride" by Yvonne Harris? If you like cowboys, it was a pretty hot little number too.

  8. Hey thanks for the book rec, Angie. I just looked Vigilante's Bride up on Amazon. It sounds right up my alley. I do have a soft spot for cowboys. :)

  9. I *LOVE* Deeane Gist! I hadn't heard that she had a new book out - I'll definitely be adding it to my "Must Read" list!

  10. I've read everything Deeanne has written, but I couldn't seem to get into Beguiled. Then again, it was coauthored. I loved all of Deeanne's books. In fact, I've read them in order as they released. I loved Maid to Match. :) I thought it was hot, too, but also deeper in subject matter (with the orphanage) and that turned my crank, too.

  11. ****SPOILER ALERT*****

    You're right Michelle, the the subject matter was deeper in this one, esp. with the murder storyline.

    Sarah and Ashley, thanks for commenting, I'm sure you'll enjoy this book. :)

  12. Oh, and I wanted to add, one thing I really liked about Beguiled was the setting of Charleston. I get some of my best vacation ideas from reading books. Both Charleston and now Ashville, NC are on my vacation wish list.

    (And yeah, I'm the geek that actually keeps a list & I cross off destinations after we visit. LOL)

  13. Thanks for the review. This sounds like a book I'd like to read.

  14. Loved this book, too. It was my first Deeanne Gist book. So I'll have to check out some of her others to compare.

  15. Oh Susan, you're in for a treat! Definitely read Bride Most Begrudging and Measure of a Lady. :)

  16. Maid to Match is a competely enjoyable book from the first page to the last. The history of the Vanderbilt's life style and home 'Biltmore' provides a excellent contrast to the hopelessness and struggles of the less fortunate. As always, Deeanne Gist creates strong characters that bring the story to life and make you want more. I'm hoping she writes a sequel to this book, since the end of this story is the beginning of another. I have read several of Ms. Gist's books and have loved them all.


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