This can be a first Deeanne Gist i have read but We will be looking for more! Cleaning service to suit is funny, touching, historical, and romantic. Set at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina in 1898, this book is a look into the servant’s life in America during those times. Servants for the Vanderbilts were treated much better than in many of the other gilded homes of the time nonetheless they were still servants and the demands on their some the limits on their lives were very real. Just the check out history makes this a worthwhile read. You’ll be saying to yourself, “Servants were expected to do that! inches
Gist has chosen servants for her main characters the industry starting from the usual school chosen for the leading roles in a romantic endeavors novel. This change offers the reader a much better view of actual life in 1898 but it will not lessen the tension and romance one bit. ConfamGist
Tillie Reese is the mind parlor maid for the Vanderbilts and she is in the running towards become lady’s maid to Mrs. Vanderbilt. Lady’s cleaning service is the position that Tillie has trained for all her life. This is the position that Tillie and her mother have dreamed of Tillie holding. It means great esteem in the home and a much-needed increase in pay. As Tillie is about to take on this exalted role in the household, the lady meets Mack Danvers.
Mack is not the least bit considering continuing in the employ of the Vanderbilts. He has used the job of “useful man” strictly for the money. As soon as they can earn enough to get his sibling out of the orphanage in Asheville, he expects to return to the freedom of his huge batch.
The sparks ignite between Mack and Tillie, but Tillie is determined that her best life is with the Vanderbilts and Mack is sure his is without one. The situation at the orphanage draws both Tillie and Mack tore-evaluate their goals.
In many ways this is an e publication for our times, too. It speaks to what we Americans believe to make a difference – individual rights and tasks, freedom to determine our destiny, and respect for all those no matter their put in place society.
Lucile Nelson. Librarian
BS in ED – KU
LOCAL MLS – ESU
As a librarian, I have read and reviewed hundreds of books. I now have time to share those reviews with anyone that loves reading. My love affair with a great historical romance book to read on the cold, bitter night started years in the past. Stop by my blog and check out this one as well as many others! Thanks, Lucile