So, I lived in Asheville, seen the Biltmore Estate, so reading this was like seeing the Biltmore when it was really lived in come to life!
I loved the ending! There is a orphanage and I kept in visioning the main characters as being the care takers this orphanage needed....and well I was so happy that the author wrote that to my favor...at least I thought it was my idea. She does so well at building up things that make you just about want to fast forward to know exactly what is going to finally happen.
I have read 4 of Dianne's books. And I already know my next big read will be hers!
Gist has didn it again!!! She is quickly became one of my favorite authors. As someone who lives near the Biltmore House I can see that she truly took in the house and described it very well, for this fact I really could not put this book down. And I would not say it was predictiable cause of the twists, but amazing how she writes with scriptures and can make you feel each charecters feelings.... I love it and will be reading it again.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable book from beginning to end. The author did a good job of portraying a life that most of us would not be able to live in today's world, but still contained the same type of problems. I enjoyed the mix of clothing, servanthood, romance. And when the important choices were to be made, they were dealt with after much thought and consideration. Respect for 'elders' was great, and the feelings of the heart and emotions expressed well.
The book has a little bit of everything; poor, rich, abuse, selfishness, survival to make ends meet, deceit, pride, anger, and the list goes on. A book like this keeps me glued to the end. That is how life is today, a little bit of everything but to know that God is in control makes life worth living.
My Bucket List contains a visit to the Biltmore. Reading Maid to Match helped to give me that pleasure. Gist opened doors and windows to give a glimpse into that home. Tillie was easy to relate because of her desire to meet the goals set by others. Often one misses the best God has to offer by trying to fit into the mold set by others. Inserting the segment concerning the orphanage contrasted the opulence of Biltmore to the reality of actual living. This is a cannot put down book that keeps one running up and down the stairs and peeking into closets of a setting few experience.