Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist


Title:  Tiffany Girl
Author:  Deeanne Gist
Pages:  544
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Howard Books
This story is set in New York, beginning in 1892.  The two lead characters are Reeve Wilder and Flossie Jayne.  Reeve is a newspaper reporter and Flossie lives at home with her parents and helps her mother earn money by sewing clothing for wealthy customers.  Flossie begins to resent her father’s spending at the racetrack gambling all the money she and her mother earn with their sewing.  She vows not to turn over her income to her father, moves out of the house and gets a job.  She finds a job at Tiffany’s Glass and Decorating Company.  She also secures lodging at a boardinghouse.  She now is viewed as a New Woman, one who is independent of a man.  Flossie views her fellow boarders as her family as she has always wanted a large family, growing up as an only child.  What she values most is her art.  Her parents have told her she is an excellent artist and even sent her for years to art school.  She meets Reeve, sees a very lonely man to her eyes and tries her best to bring him out of his self-imposed shell.
Reeve Wilder thinks Flossie is a chatterbox, one that won’t be quiet and someone who always has to be the center of attention.  He gives in to her attempts to make him more social because he doesn’t want to be impolite, not because he thinks of himself as lonely.  The house he was born in goes up for sale and he is determined to buy it so he will have a place where he feels he belongs.  To save up money for the house, he publishes a serialized fictional piece about a New Woman.  The public eats it up, but publishing the story will come at a cost.
This was a wonderfully romantic story with a lot of interesting history about the art of Tiffany included.   I was also fascinated to read about the early women who ventured out of the home to find employment and how they were treated.  At first I didn’t like the lead male character of Reeve, but as the story progressed my mind changed.  I began to see how his past deeply affected his behavior in the present.  His transformation was a joy to read.  Flossie’s maturation was also something to behold.  I just loved the character of Mrs. Dinwiddie!
My rating is 5 stars.
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