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    Deeanne Gist(Author)

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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 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?"

Deeanne Gist has rocketed up bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very fun, very original historical novels. She has won the National Readers Choice Award, Booksellers Best Award, USA Best Books Award, andstellar reviews. With a background in education and journalism, Deeanne has written for People, Parents, and Parenting magazines. Visit her online at IWantHerBook.com and at Facebook.com/DeesFriends.

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  • PDF | 544 pages
  • Deeanne Gist(Author)
  • Howard Books (5 May 2015)
  • English
  • 8
  • Fiction

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  • By History and Women on 16 June 2015

    Author Deeanne Gist takes readers back to the early 1900's when the world is preparing for the World's Fair and Louis Comfort Tiffany is earning a reputation for his brilliant glass works. Flossie Jayne is a young woman who leaves her family and home to forge her own way in the world. She ends up working for him as a "Tiffany girl" during the frantic preparations for the fair. The tale takes through troubles, love, and all the fascinating details of the time. Placed within the novel's pages were numerous historical photographs which definitely added to the story, giving me the opportunity to see the fashion, the characters, the items described in the novel. Poignant, funny, heart-warming, and emotion, this is a nice story with a good pace that held my interest from start to finish. Excellent writing!

  • By Linby on 19 May 2015

    I have to admit that the title of this book made me request it for review - I love Tiffany glass. I wasn't too sure if this book was going to be to my liking and I had never read anything by the author before. I also read that Deanne was previously the author of "Christian" books and some of her readers have been shocked by this book.However, only pages in and I was hooked as one of my other great loves "sewing" was referenced in the book. I'm also very interested in social history and was intrigued to know how things were in America in the late 1880s.The author has done a fabulous job of researching the era and that of the social customs of the time. She provides great notes at the front of the book, and at the end of the book the author explains those acts in the book which are a vehicle for the story plot and those which actually happened. I have to say the majority is based on fact and it feels that way when you are reading the book.The main character Flossie is a bit of a Pollyanna - she sees the good in everything and of course we know life is not like that and so in some respects I guessed some of what befalls her. This did not detract from the storyline though and I was fascinated with the life of a "new woman" as they were called. Also by the way woman were treated in society. I remember working in a department store in the late 1970s and advising ladies that they needed their husband to come into the store and sign the hire purchase agreement for their new washing machine etc as they could not do so themselves!What is lovely about the writing is the passion that comes over from the character Flossie and her love for painting and the wonderful coloured glass at the Tiffany factory. There is a little romance in there too - however this is not chick lit and I found it endearing and relevant to the storyline and not at all shocking as some of her readers found it to be.I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me a little of the films "Meet me in St Louis" and in a more modern setting "You've got Mail". There are some relevant illustrations throughout the book which unfortunately on my kindle didn't show up too well - so maybe a good idea to buy a paper version if you are interested in those, especially as some were commissioned especially for the book.My thanks go to Netgalley and Howard Books for providing me with a review copy of the book.

  • By Elspeth G. Perkin on 24 August 2016

    One glance at an authentic Tiffany Window or Lamp and you will never forget that moment. The artistry is just breathtaking and it is very easy to just stare in wonder at seemingly humble objects that have been transformed into stunning scenes of imagination, nature and biblical themes. It's also easy to see why so many recent fiction novels use the lure of anything featuring "Tiffany" and I am among the many who when the words: Tiffany and stained glass or windows, chapels or jewelry are used in the same breath must pick up that new fiction release. Enter Tiffany Girl, when I read this premise I was hoping to love every moment and experience a step back in history with a vibrant cast of characters. Sadly that did not happen this time.Tiffany Girl was just a simple read about a young woman trying to find her place and herself outside her sheltered upbringing in late 19th-century America that also happened to have in the pages a sprinkling of descriptions of famous stained glass windows, pieces seen at the 1893 World's Fair, one lamp, tea screen and a hat pin. And usually that may be enough for this reader; a simple read can be sometimes an unexpected joy to find. I'll be the first to admit this type of story is not my usual (I prefer a much different presentation of history) but it's nice to have a change. I did find a few spots of joy with this novel in the nicely presented religious tones and topics. The imagery of the chapel windows did not disappoint and I had fun looking up gorgeous pictures of the windows as they were mentioned in the story. Speaking of pictures there are some lovely drawings in the beginning of the chapters that showcase buildings of interest, everyday objects found in 1893 and even a few interesting fashion plates. I also appreciated the honesty of the author and the mentioning of the creative liberties with facts, accepted notions and dates that were taken and changed in this novel. Further in the back, there is a wonderful list of the names of the real "Tiffany Girls" and their special roles in the creation of the beautiful works of decorative art that can still be seen today displayed in museums, churches and lucky homes.I think what really disappointed me with Tiffany Girl was the main character- I didn't care for her at all. Her childish, intrusive and combative actions had me cringing and hoping the story would begin following any other character but her. The story does follow at times another personality briefly but then goes back to another: crying, bemoaning, heart squeezed or tantrum filled scene with the focal character. The repetitious phrase of "New Woman" was a little too much to ignore. It seemed to be within every other page and was mentioned at some very odd moments in this story.Finally I know other readers are wondering if this novel is a strictly clean read and my answer is: I can't honestly say Tiffany Girl is a wholesome read because everyone seems to have their own definition of what that may mean. I can tell you that this story has the expected sugar and niceties but has some surprising spice tossed in. I'm new to this type of fiction but it was certainly unexpected to find two temporary heated scenes in this book. That all aside I wouldn't say Tiffany Girl was a bad book. It may just come down to personal taste, being in the right mood and perhaps frame of mind. So if the reader is looking for a lighthearted skip around the late 19th century with pleasant final messages or a simple read that briefly features the artistry of the Women's Glass Cutting Department of Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company- you found the right book.__________________________________________________________________________* I would like to thank Howard Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Tiffany Girl


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