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

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Maid to Match

by Deanne Gist

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Deeanne Gist knows how to write a romance novel.  Her characters are fun and full of sparkle.  The research she has done is evident as you can ‘see’ the places she describes: Biltmore (the Vanderbilt ‘castle’), the Unakas mountains, downtown Asheville.  But it doesn’t just stay with the places.  There was the period clothing and hairstyles—complete with ball gowns and starched aprons; the books read during that time—such as ‘The Prince and the Pauper’ and ‘Ivanhoe’; the parlor games and barn dances—which were great fun and made me want to write down some of the games to use at my next house party!  We also get an inside look at what it takes to be a servant: how to serve in the correct manner with the correct style and all the training and effort it takes.  One of the things I loved about this novel was the fact that Tillie wasn’t one of the usual heroines who is a servant and dreams of one day becoming a lady or a duchess, perhaps.  In fact, she loves just being a servant!  She takes joy in her service and can’t imagine wanting or needing anything else.  She has aspirations of becoming the next Lady’s Maid for Mrs. Vanderbilt and it looks good for her.  Of course, there enters the love of her life—he’s a servant, too!  Imagine that!  It’s fun to watch the romance bloom, and I do have to admit that I loved Mack, gentleman that he is!  ‘Maid to Match’ is a lovely and predictable historical Christian romance with all the twists and turns that make a story enjoyable.  And when it’s over, you can smile and give the required sigh as you sit on the couch with absolutely no desire to do the dishes

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Since this is a romance novel, there is some sexual content, but it was very clean and on the ‘up and up’ for the most part.  The two main characters fall in love and there is always the ‘anticipation’ and the kisses, but it never goes further than that until they are married, and even that stays ‘behind locked doors’.  There is a brothel in the town and it is mentioned as being used often, as well as recruiting young girls—not so nice. 


As far as profanity, there are a few mild exclamations—probably less than 5.  Some of the characters get into a lot of fights, but it’s all fisticuffs. 


One character abuses children (especially girls) but there is no in-depth look into that—another character accuses him of it, and later it is proven.  One character dies from a beating.  Everything is well handled and inoffensive.  If you are looking for a clean romance novel, this would be a good choice!

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Reviewed By Emily
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