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Tiffany Girl #3 by Deeanne Gist
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?
Number of Pages: 500
Vendor: Christian Fiction Series
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.81 (inches)|
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Historical, romance novel!April 28, 2016The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Tiffany Girl by Deanne Gist is the story of Florence Jayne who wants more out of life. Her father has decided she can no longer take her painting classes (because he spent the money for tuition on gambling). Flossie (as she is called) decided to get a job outside the home to finance her classes. One-day Louis Comfort Tiffany comes to the New York School for Applied Design (Flossies school). Mr. Tiffany is looking for female works to help complete his windows for the Worlds Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Mr. Tiffany is building a chapel with twelve windows. Because of a strike with the Lead Glaziers and Glass Cutters Unions, they need workers. Flossie is lucky enough to be one of the ladies picked. Flossie cannot believe her luck (no she has to tell her parents). Flossie finds a room at Klausmeyer Boardinghouse and believes these people will be her family (she is extremely nave). Reeve Wilder, a reporter for The New York World, lives across the hall. Reeve finds Flossie to be extremely annoying and a disrupting influence. He does, though, find her to be an inspiration for his writing. See how Flossie navigates life on her own as she becomes a Tiffany Girl.
Tiffany Girl is basically a long, drawn out romance novel. There is not enough in the book regarding Tiffany and the windows. The fair barely rates a chapter. Flossie is an extremely nave young woman who had no idea what real life was like outside her home. I just expected more from the book. The writing is okay (a little stilted) and I felt the book was too long. It could have ended much sooner (many things could have been edited from the book). I give Tiffany Girl 3 out of 5 stars. The ending is expected (you know what is going to happen from the moment Flossie and Reeve meet).
I received a complimentary copy of Tiffany Girl from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent, as alwaysJune 30, 2015IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Tiffany Girl centers around Flossie Jayne, a New Woman with radical ideas, like that she should be able to keep the money she earns, not give it to her father to lose at the races (I agree). I found this historical aspect fascinating, especially how the Tiffany Girls took the jobs for a fraction of the money the men were asking. Women like Flossie paved the way for women to have equal rights in the workplace . . . but also paved the way for discrimination in wages that many women are still paying for, a subject Ive studied in detail. But that debate is way beyond the scope of a book review!
Flossie is a great character. Shes hardworking and determined and has been raised to believe the best of herself and other people. This can mean she comes across as a little nave and overly trusting, and she doesnt always make good decisions. But even her faults felt real, and thats the highest compliment I can pay any fictional character. I was rooting for her to win even as she did things that I could tell were going to go wrong.
I think Deeanne Gist is an excellent writer, and this novel provides the proof. The novel is over 500 pages, but the pace never falters and every scene adds to the whole. There are a lot of minor characters, but never so many that I got confused. There is plenty of conflict, both internal and external, both of which served to move the story forward. The dialogue is excellent, with plenty of understated romantic tension between Flossie and Reeve. It was both sweet and swoon-worthy, as both Flossie and Reeve had to reevaluate the way they saw themselves and the world in order to overcome the obstacles between them.
There are two small areas in which I believe Tiffany Girl could have been improved. It is published by Howard Books, a CBA publisher, yet none of the characters were especially Christian. Yes, they went to church, but that appeared to be more a matter of time and culture than personal faith. I guess this means Tiffany Girl is a CBA novel which will appeal to conservative general market readers, those who want a good story without endless sex, swearing and innuendo.
The other potentially questionable content was right at the end. Yes, its become a bit of a clich to finish a romance with a wedding scene, but to finish with the scene in which a girl becomes a woman? Unnecessary, in my opinion. Yes, it faded to black, but Im sure many conservative readers will think it should have faded faster. I admit: I flicked through the ending, as it wasnt what I wanted to be reading over breakfast.
I love original historical fiction, where its loosely based on real-life events (and when the author actually knows the facts). Tiffany Girl certainly delivers an original plot filled with characters I could believe were real, a likeable heroine, a bookish but honorable hero, and interesting and eccentric minor characters. Dont tell my husband, but it kept me up reading past my bedtime . . . and it was worth it. Recommended for fans of Jody Hedlund and Elizabeth Camden.
Thanks to NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
Fitzysmom5 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMJune 13, 2015FitzysmomQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Deeanne Gist is taking us back to the World's Fair in Chicago! Louis Tiffany (yes those Tiffanys) has a giant ambition to show off his love for stained glass at the fair. His dream is to do a stained glass chapel that will be inspiring and beautiful. Unfortunately in the midst of creating this marvel there is a glass-workers strike and the men walk out.
In a very forward-thinking move Mr. Tiffany seeks out some talented women to fill their shoes. Flossie Jayne is one of the women that he chooses to come and finish the windows. Flossie is a total delight to read about. She's fiesty and brave and daring, while at the same time caring and concerned about those around her. She's determined to be an independent New Woman in an era of change.
The story that unfolds about the Tiffany chapel and the women that create it is fascinating. But I have to admit my favorite part is the story that takes place between Flossie and her boarding house neighbor Reeve. As the tapestry that unfolds and becomes their story is revealed I found myself experiencing a myriad of emotions. I wanted the two of them to live happily ever after but wasn't sure it could be accomplished because of their diverse makeups. But we all know opposites attract!
Tiffany Girl is a delight on so many levels. The history and author's notes behind the story are fascinating. We modern women have a lot to be thankful for of those women who paved the way. Gist's stories are a real treat because they are long and detailed without being tedious. Even at 527 pages I still felt like I was galloping through the novel. I'm not sure exactly how she manages to pack so much in and keep the story racing along, but she is definitely a master at it. The pictures and illustrations add such a wonderful setting to the novel. This would be a great choice for your reading group or as a wonderful treat for yourself.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Delightful ReadJune 1, 2015kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Flossie Jayne is an aspiring artist. When Louis Comfort Tiffany comes to her art school to recruit women to fill the gaps left by striking men, she jumps at the chance, declaring herself a New Woman. She is frustrated by working so hard with her mother, a seamstress to the stars of 1890s New York City, only to have her father gamble away their hard-earned money. Flossie leaves home, takes up residence in a boardinghouse, and begins employment. As a single child, she yearns for relationships with others that would develop into a family, and works to liven things up at the boardinghouse.
Reeve Wilder, a hermitic newspaper reporter, is appalled at the very idea of the New Woman, and in researching for a series of articles on the subject, learns that Flossie and her friends are not heretics, but decent people just trying to make their way in the world.
It was fascinating to learn about the process of making stained glass windows, and the Tiffany Companys place in the Chicago Worlds Fair, but this book is much more than that. It was about the growing up that Flossie had to do as a young woman living on her own. She had to face the truth about her judgment of others, her abilities as an artist, and her motivation for remaining on her own. Although she faced many disappointments, she came through a stronger person, and always likable.
The transformation that happened in Reeve was pretty amazing. He went from being pretty reclusive to being a person who sought out friends and enlarged his areas of interest. Much of that was due to Flossies pointing out the truth to him.
The first thing I loved about the book was that it was so big. Lots of pages to get lost in! I loved the cover design, replicating stained glass. The interior photographs of the actual places where the events took place added a lot to the enjoyment of the story. I also liked that it had small chapters. It was easy to squeeze in a chapter amidst lifes busyness.
If you like historical fiction, this is a great choice for you. I loved that the author took a little-known fact to us now, and constructed a whole story around it.
I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
Marya RudMinnesotaAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Tiffany GirlMay 24, 2015Marya RudMinnesotaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist
This is the third and final book in the series. This tells the story of Flossie Jayne. A woman who decided to work and live somewhere besides with her parents home. She is an artist and seamstress .She moves into a boarding house .Where she tries to make the boarders her family. Her Job with Mr. Tiffany takes her to the Chicagos Worlds Fair and back again. She learns of living independently and what that means for that period of time. The book is full of .information on that time and what it talks about what goes into making a Tiffany window. It is a good book. I would have liked more to have taken place at the fair. and for more of the main characters of the other books to have made an appearance.
I received a free copy of this book for this review.