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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This historical fiction is set during the very late 1800s and is the story of Tillie, the head parlour maid of a wealthy estate called “Biltmore House”, and Mack, who comes to the estate in the position of Useful Man. I really enjoyed reading a historical that focuses on the serving class, it was very interesting to see life from this different view. I particularly enjoyed the irreverence and informality of the relationships amongst the staff. It gave the book a real element of fun.
The cool thing is, Biltmore House is a REAL place! It was built by the Vanderbilts and Deeanne has done alot of research to keep aspects of the family and the house accurate and true. The serving staff – and hence the main characters – are all fictional.
Deeanne included a great detail of the duties, facilities and lives of the different servers in such a large estate, which I found interesting and informative. I love when I can enjoy a book and learn about how people lived in the past at the same time.
And speaking of enjoy – I did that too! “Maid to Match” is a passionate book. The hero has a big thumping heart, and there’s a secret about the local orphanage that he is trying to uncover. There’s a strong plight for the underdog in this book.
I liked Deeanne’s style! I’m looking forward to reading more from her.
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