Tiffany GirlDeeanne 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.&n... Read More
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?
Page Count: 544
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: May 5, 2015
- UPC: 9781451692440
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 544
- Publish Date: May 5, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 1451692447
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- Historical, romance novel! by Kristina Anderson, The Avid Reader on 4/28/2016
Tiffany 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 (Flossie’s school). Mr. Tiffany is looking for female works to help complete his windows for the World’s 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 naïve). 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 naïve 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.
- Riveting Historical fiction novel by Julianna on 5/4/2015
First of all I had no intention of finishing it all at once. Unlike most books I read I had decided to savor this one. But, somewhere along the way, the story latched on to me and wouldn't let go until the book came to a close. I am rather certain that you too will find it quite difficult to put down once you begin. It is an unforgettable story about change and life in the 19th century.
Tiffany Girl, a intriguing historical fiction novel, is a spellbinding tale that gives us a glimpse into what life may have been like for the real life Tiffany Girls. If some of the letters from one of the girls hand not discovered in 2005, no one would know the story of these talented and intrepid women of the 19th century. In 1892, months before the Chicago World's Fair was due to open, Tiffany's glass workers went on strike, leaving him without workers to finish his stained glass windows for the fair. He threw all of the strikers into an uproar when he decided to hire women to replace them. Those he hired endured all sorts of mistreatment at their hands, especially since women of "good repute" did not work outside of the home. This time period marked the start the "New Woman" movement.
Upon opening the pages of Tiffany Girl, the very first people you will meet are Reeve Wilder and Flossie Jayne, the story's central characters. Flossie is an art student whose fortune changes when she receives a job offer from Tiffany that she cannot resist. From thence, she moves into a boarding house to be closer to her place of work. It is there that she meets Reeve, who is a local journalist, and a host of others who lodge there as well. They all prove to be quite an interesting lot and undertake a rather fascinating journey together. But, as all things go in life, they run into some roadblocks along the way and their faith is sorely tested.
Personally, what drew me into the story was the complexity, emotional depth, and growth of the hero throughout the entirety of the book. The heroine also undergoes a transformation as she is faced with reality in all its ugliness. The author's masterful gift for storytelling really shines throughout every page, especially in her attention to historical detail. I truly enjoyed reading this rich, vibrant novel and would recommend it to readers of historical fiction. On an aside note, the author did switch to writing for the general market several books ago, but I have found her books to still be a good read.
* I was given an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
- Tiffany Girl by Nicole on 5/1/2015
It was a few years ago I accidentally came across one of Deeanne Gist's books (A Bride in the Bargain) and I became a fan. So, I was anxious to read Tiffany Girl. Let me say, this book did not disappoint. Being part of the launch team, I had the opportunity to read the first five chapters a couple weeks ago and did a preview post about the book. I had some ideas about where the characters where headed, but there were a few loops that threw me. I like that in a book.
Flossie is an extremely independent young lady at a time in history that wasn't so kind to such a girl, especially when she takes a job that is considered "mannish." She is very naive when it comes to the ways of the world. She is a little too trusting at times. She feels she is on top of the world working as a Tiffany Girl. She soon finds out that she is not all she thinks she is. She really goes through some serious ups and downs, both in relationships and circumstances.
Reeve. At the beginning of the book, he comes off as standoffish and a loner with very rigid views. By the end of the book, he has softened in his views and has become quite a man. He too goes through some serious ups and downs just as Flossie does.
Life is always full of transitions and changes. It's important how we deal with them.
I feel like Deeanne writes with such creativity and purpose. Even though this book has historical facts throughout, it's not an information dump. Facts are laced in with creativity and flow and well researched. I enjoyed hearing about how the Tiffany Girls worked and put the windows together. The descriptions Deeanne uses takes me to the place and time of the setting. I really felt I was in the Chapel with Flossie.
By the way, this book is historical fiction, not Christian fiction. The "racier" scenes are done with tact. Deeanne has shifted some to the mainstream fiction realm rather than keep it "Christian."
I don't want to give anything away for this book. It is worth the read. When this book comes out, I highly recommend getting it! Also, help a out by getting the book for a friend or even requesting your library get a copy.
- Amazing from start to finish!!! by Alli on 5/1/2015
TIFFANY GIRL!!! Loved it!! Deeanne Gist has once again shown me why she is one of my favorite authors!! Not only does she tell a great story with amazing characters who you wish you could step back in time (and reality!) and go visit...but she also weaves real American history into each book - this time telling about Louis Comfort Tiffany and the women who made windows for his chapel at the Chicago World's Fair - the Tiffany Girls! This book was truly a joy to read, and I'm sure I will be re-reading it again very soon!!
In the interest of disclosure, I was given an advanced readers copy of this book from Deeanne Gist and Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review.
- Tiffany Girl by Elizabeth on 4/30/2015
by: Deeanne Gist
I was thrilled to be able to receive an advance copy of Tiffany Girl before it released May 5, 2015. I really, really enjoyed Tiffany Girl and Deeanne Gist did a terrific job of penning the story and the characters . I felt like I was right there with all the character, they were so alive. Tiffany Girl is a historical fiction novel of a heart warming young woman who leaves her home and her parents to strike out on her own to be a New Woman in a man’s world. Does her parents approve of their daughter, Flossie Jayne, going out on her own? Mr. Tiffany hires Flossie as a “Tiffany Girl” in his glass company . Reeve is a young journalist and does not have much to say. At times I wanted to smack him up side the head . I laughed and cried while reading Tiffany Girl . I loved the illustrations all through the novel and they were a plus for Deeanne Gist. This is a large book over 500 plus pages, but it goes fast when you are reading and turning the pages faster to see what is happening on the next page, then there is the end, and you are wanting more. A wonderful novel and I highly recommend it . Thanks Deeanne Gist.
I was given an advance copy of this book for my honest review, which I have given.