Friday, June 5, 2015

Tiffany Girl Throughts


About the Book

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 Girls 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? (Goodreads)

My Review

This book was a lot bigger than I was anticipating but oh was it worth it! Deeanne included many pictures from the era to go along with the chapter. I really liked how the book was set up and it was very interesting to read about Mr. Tiffany and how they made the glass and designs. I never even thought about it! I also had no idea how it correlated with the World's Fair and all of that was so very interesting to me. I liked Flossie though at times she got on my nerves. I'll be honest, there were a couple times in the book that I thought were a bit drawn out. Not a whole lot really happens in the course of this 544 page book time wise. The romance is sweet and I was expecting a lot more romance based off of other's reviews. There really isn't anything except some kissing until the last few chapters and even then things are kept pretty clean. I wish the relationship developed more throughout the book but I still enjoyed this part of the storyline. I also really liked the perspective for an unmarried woman at this time. They were treated horribly outside of the home and it amazes me that women still pursued their own lives and careers.

Such a great book and probably my favorite out of Deeanne's World Fair books.
I hope to read more from this author, (hopefully in a new setting), but I love her writing!

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