Author: Deeanne Gist
Pages: 359 (Paperback)
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Purchase: Amazon•TBD (affiliate link)
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.
I was very pleasantly surprised by Maid to Match. I’m not really one for Christian Romance, but since this one made it onto the list of best Romance novels, I gave it a try. Tillie works as a parlormaid for a very wealthy family and now she’s up for the position of lady’s maid. She’s trained her entire life for this and it’s finally happening. Tillie just wants to do good work, support her family, and help those less fortunate than herself. Even if that means never having a family of her own. Then walks in Mack, the new useful man, and he throws a wrench in Tillie’s plans.
Maid to Match was very sweet, which I expected. However, it did have a bit of spice to it! Tillie and Mack really challenge each other. Both have goals that they won’t be swayed from, and their romance definitely complicates their path to meet those goals. I loved how neither of them was willing to give up their dreams, but also frustrated with them at times because they’re both so stubborn! Of course, they have to end up together in the end. Thankfully, it wasn’t at the expense of their dreams though. Things change and people change, and they realize things about their life and readjust to make it work.
I really enjoyed Maid to Match. It was sweet without being boring. Sure, I’m use to passionate kisses and sexy times, but they’re not really needed. I even enjoyed the side plot of Mack and Tillie and the orphanage. Those Sloops are downright awful people! I’m just glad that there was no literal voice of God going on. Tillie and Mack do have faith and use that to guide their decisions, but God isn’t directly answering them back. It was just like reading Historical Romance, but with characters who are religious, and I liked that.