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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 New York Art Institute. 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?
I was super excited to be chosen as part of the Launch Team for Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist. I didn’t know what to expect from the story, but I couldn’t wait to read it. I stalked the post office daily until this beautiful book was in my hands. It was worth the wait – I was not disappointed. Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist is a true work of art.
From the very first page, I was treated to an amazing book that not only tells a fascinating historical tale, but weaves in much truth and facts from the time period (1893). I felt transported to this time period. Deeanne does a wonderful job of weaving a story that left me turning pages late into the night. I absolutely adored Flossie Jayne. She was strong and daring for her time. She wanted to be a New Woman – to be in charge of herself and her own money and her own life. Flossie sounds like my kind of gal – I would love to be her friend. 🙂
I was totally wrapped up in this story. It was incredible to learn so much about the Tiffany glass making process and all that goes into it. The author does an amazing job of telling a fictional story but still keeping many parts of the story true to history. I loved so much about this book. The story in itself is so exciting to read and so well done. The time period and the characters felt spot on. One thing that really stands out in Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist – the wonderful illustrations at the beginning of most chapters. I’m so happy I had the chance to read Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist. It is one of my favorite books – not just of 2015, but of all the books I’ve read in recent years.
I recommend Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist for anyone who enjoys historical fiction, light romance and characters you want to know. Five big, sparkly stars for Deeanne!