Even if I had not already been a fan of DeeAnne’s novels, the gorgeous cover of “Tiffany Girl” would have immediately captured my attention. Ultimately, it is the story inside the covers that counts and this one did not fail to meet my approval.
Set against the backdrop of New York City during the months leading up to the Chicago World’s Fair, “Tiffany Girl” exposes some little known facts about the girls behind the mosaic chapel produced by the Tiffany company for display during the fair. Gist has deftly woven a compelling romance into the rich history and achieved a novel that held my interest until the very end.
Due to some changes in her family’s circumstances, a somewhat pampered Flossie Jayne decides to strike out on her own by taking a job offered by Louis Tiffany and moving into a boarding house where she meets newspaper journalist Reeve Wilder. For reasons of his own, Reeve is not at all impressed with sassy and independent Flossie who he tags as just another “New Woman”. As can be expected, Flossie and Reeve have their share of conflicts but end up with strong feelings for each other. Both characters learn quite a bit over the course of the story, especially about first impressions and trust.
All-in-all, “Tiffany Girl” was a lovely read with well-researched historical facts and interesting characters. Previous fans of DeeAnne Gist will not want to miss this one. Other lovers of historical fictions should definitely check it out.
This book was provided for review by Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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?
Read an excerpt from Tiffany Girl HERE.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Deeanne Gist has rocketed up bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very fun, very original historical novels. She has won the National Readers’ Choice Award, Booksellers’ Best Award, USA Best Books Award, and stellar reviews. With a background in education and journalism, Deeanne has written for People, Parents, and Parenting magazines. Visit her online at IWantHerBook.com and at Facebook.com/DeesFriends.