Book Review: “Tiffany Girl” by Deeanne Gist

May 7, 2015 at 11:50 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Deeanne Gist in her new book “Tiffany Girl book coverTiffany Girl” Book Three in the Chicago World’s Fair series published by Howard Books introduces us to Flossie Jayne.

From the back cover:   From the bestselling author of It Happened at the Fair and Fair Play comes a compelling historical novel about a progressive “New Woman”—the girl behind Tiffany’s chapel—and the love that threatens it all.

As preparations for the 1893 World’s Fair set Chicago and the nation on fire, Louis Tiffany—heir to the exclusive Fifth Avenue jewelry empire—seizes the opportunity to unveil his state-of-the-art, stained glass, mosaic chapel, the likes of which the world has never seen.

But when Louis’s dream is threatened by a glassworkers’ strike months before the Fair opens, he turns to an unforeseen source for help: the female students at the Art Students League of New York. Eager for adventure, the young women pick up their skirts, move to boarding houses, take up steel cutters, and assume new identities as the “Tiffany Girls.”

Tiffany Girl is the heartwarming story of the impetuous Flossie Jayne, a beautiful, budding artist who is handpicked by Louis to help complete the Tiffany chapel. Though excited to live in a boarding house when most women stayed home, she quickly finds the world is less welcoming than anticipated. From a Casanova male, to an unconventional married couple, and a condescending singing master, she takes on a colorful cast of characters to transform the boarding house into a home while racing to complete the Tiffany chapel and make a name for herself in the art world.

As challenges mount, her ambitions become threatened from an unexpected quarter: her own heart. Who will claim victory? Her dreams or the captivating boarder next door?

1892 was a time of tremendous change in America. For the first time if young ladies wanted to leave home and strike out on their own there finally was someplace for them to live:  a boardinghouse. Flossie wants to be her own woman and not live under the rule of her father. In “Tiffany Girl” Ms. Gist has given us a coming of age story where Flossie learns quite a number of things about family and about herself. We need family and Flossie finds that out as she tries to change the boardinghouse into a family and what happens when that seems to fail. Ms. Gist blends romance and historical fiction to bring the past alive through her extensive period research. You will find yourself not only caught up with the exciting backdrop of Tiffany’s, but the blossoming romance between Flossie and Reeve.  Great characters and a great romance.  I really liked “Tiffany Girl” and look forward to more stories from Deeanne Gist.

You can find “Tiffany Girl” at a discount at  http://www.deepershopping.com/item/gist-deeanne/tiffany-girl/6199523.html

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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