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Tiffany Girl
     

Tiffany Girl

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by Deeanne Gist
 

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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

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451692440
Publisher:
Howard Books
Publication date:
05/05/2015
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
176,994
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.50(d)

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Tiffany Girl

  • SITTING ROOM 1

    “Flossie used to love this room, with its northern light and view of Stuyvesant Park. Its mauve floral walls and Baghdad rug had hosted many a happy occasion.”

  • Meet the Author

    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, and stellar 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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    Tiffany Girl 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I had the pleasure of reading Tiffany Girl before the official release on May 5, 2015.  Deeanne Gist is by far 1 of my favorite authors of all time!  I work in a library and see (and read) a lot of authors and genres  on a daily basis.  The first time I came across one of Deeanne Gist's books - I had yet to read Historical Fiction.  Let me say, she had me hooked line and sunk! Tiffany Girl did not let me down for a moment!  Do not let the size of the book scare you - with a little over 500 pages, you would have thought the book was only 200 pages.  From the first page to the last, it left you wanting/craving more of the story of Flossie and her life as a New Woman working for Tiffany. I felt like I was back there with Flossie as she is becoming a New Woman living her life away from the shelter of her father or a husband.  This was an uncommon thing to say the least - but Flossie is a strong lady with her head held high and is one character you would want as a friend! The worst part of the story and yes, every story has one - was when it ended.  The story was so great and fulfilling (a non-stop read) that when it ended you were ready for part 2. I find that everyone of Deeanne Gist's books are this way - love 'em & hate to see them end!  She is a very talented author for sure & so glad to be able to read and share my love of her books with everyone else. So, what will your next book be? Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist Happy Reading!
    Fallbrookfamily More than 1 year ago
    Truly a beautiful read. This book is one that touched me more than any I've read in a while. I felt the pages come alive. The characters were so believable they felt like family. I had never heard of a Tiffany Girl before and I learned so much. I've always loved Tiffany lamps, but now I know how intricate each step is and I can appreciate their beauty even more. And the love story! Sigh. Tasteful and wonderfully romantic.
    Two-Eyes More than 1 year ago
    This is a must for someone who not only loves Historical Fiction but also loves History, Deeanne Gist pairs the two so seamlessly. I have enjoyed every book by Deeanne and this is now exception, with a strong female character such as Flossie who is becoming a "New Woman" and daring to dream for herself.
    ShareeS More than 1 year ago
    In a time when young girls are told they can be anything they want to be, they can achieve anything they put their minds toward and they can do anything they want to do, it’s easy to forget the wilderness that women paved before them. Tiffany Girl is more than a fictional story of a woman who chooses to break out of the norm, it’s a story of a woman who refuses to accept the way things have always been. DeeAnne Gist takes us into the world of the 1890s where women were not allowed to work, especially once they became a wife. To have dreams pushed aside or be told that they would be letting their families, husbands and the essentially the world down, by not being at home with their children. It’s such a powerful reminder that women have fought long and hard to be recognized as more than the weaker sex but as individuals with God given talents and gifts that can be and should be utilized. Ok true confession, this is my first DeeAnne Gist book and I’m totally hooked! When I received the book, I’m not going to lie, I was a little freaked out by the size of it. But I flew through the story because, well, it’s just that good. Flossie is an optimistic, talented and sheltered young woman. She’s been blessed with great parents but she longs to be independent and to be A New Woman. She finds employment with the infamous Louis Tiffany when the men working for him go on strike. But the men aren’t pleased with the women coming to steal their jobs and Flossie finds that even getting to and from work without being molested or attacked is quite the challenge. Flossie moves into a boardinghouse to enjoy the freedoms of living on her own but her naivety is not only a character flaw, it’s down right dangerous. The boardinghouse is filled with interesting personalities including Reeve Wilder, a journalist who loathes the New Woman concept all together. Determined to write about the annoying topic, he finds himself smack in the middle of Flossie Jayne’s world. In a love hate relationship he can’t seem to define, Reeve is forced to face his own secrets and regrets. I loved Flossie’s character because she has lived her life based on what her parents and others have told her, about her talents and herself. She finds that she is just as flawed and average as others around her and she accepts that fact. Tiffany Girl is an amazing story all the way around. It’s a wonderful story with characters you will absolutely fall in love with and a realization that woman have come a long way. My favorite quote from the book is, “Being lonely is a choice, you know” (pg. 296) because it defines how personal choices can develop lifetime events. Tiffany Girl is a must have, a must read and must share with everyone kind of story!! I loved it and loved having the privilege of reviewing it. I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review which I’ve provided here.
    BookGrace More than 1 year ago
    As a teen girl, I discovered Deeanne Gist's books and read and enjoyed quite a few of her tales. In fact, she became one of my favorite authors. But then I hit a reading slump, tried her last book published with Bethany House, and found I could not get into it. Years passed, and it wasn't until  I was given an opportunity to read and review her newest, Tiffany Girl, that I remembered how much I liked her storytelling. Tiffany Girl was an enjoyable tale!   Flossie is such a great heroine, and I so enjoyed her character growth from naive girl to mature woman. She learns that it's okay not to be the best, to be average like most of us are. I found it a unique theme to take on, and Gist did a fine job with it. Reeve Wilder, the hero of the story, also had good characterization. His is a story of breaking from a security shell, and, because of this, I think I may have related to him in more ways than I did Flossie! Then there are all the side characters, from the various people who dwell at the boarding house that Flossie lives at, the Tiffany Girls, to Flossie's family, all were well-written and added to the story. Some of the interactions between some of the characters were fun reading, and I was reminded how witty Gist's writing can be.   I also felt that the romance in this tale was one of the most believable romances I've ever read. Some romances are instantaneous; they move too quickly and you're left wondering how they could develop feelings of true love in so short a time. It was not the case in this book, and I applaud the author for it! Now, I will admit that some of the romance was a bit much for my taste, especially towards the end (a fairly long scene where a married couple are speaking of making their marriage official), but, as they were married, I won't rage about it. Just thought I'd let other readers know that it was in there.   In conclusion. I think Tiffany Girl is an over all excellent read, and if you like historical romances, you'd probably like it. I did not find it a very fast read, but not all books have to be fast reads to be good. That is the case with this one for me, and I think I just might try the books by Deeanne Gist that I've been passing by these past few years. I give Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist a rating of four, and recommend to mature teens and adults who like historical romance. You may want to know- there is kissing, and content not suitable for young readers. *Thanks to the publisher for a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.
    Anonymous 9 months ago
    Fun
    MJK108 More than 1 year ago
    The year is 1892 and the World’s Fair is only months from starting. Louis Tiffany’s stained glass workers go on strike and his project of a lifetime is in peril. What is a man to do? Of course, hire women! Thus begins Flossie’s story of her career as a “Tiffany girl.” Flossie, a young woman who loves art, feels stifled by her parents’ demands on her time and money. A relatively modern young woman for her time, Flossie meets Louis Tiffany and his assistant during one of her painting lessons. Flossie’s life will be forever changed as a result of a job offer from Louis Tiffany to become one of the “Tiffany” girls who will go on to complete the World’s Fair windows for his project. The characters in the novel add so much personality to the story. Flossie’s boarding house roommates offer some definite entertainment to the book. They make Flossie’s life interesting at times and frustrating at other times. The boarders and Flossie both learn lessons from each other along the way gaining strength from the life lessons each has to offer. The theme of what exactly constitutes a family stands out strongly in this novel. Family is not always the people to whom we are born. Sometimes room in people’s lives exists for more than one type of family. A nice entertaining read cleanly written! This copy was borrowed from the library. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Excllent read
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    A compelling read
    KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
    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.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Absolutely loved it.
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    CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
    Deeanne is back to writing the rich, conflict laced romances that I adore. In this one I also got to learn about a fascinating time period -- when women crossed picket lines so that Mr. Tiffany's stained glass could fill a display at the Chicago World's Fair. The story stretches over time as the hero and heroine wrestle with their expectations, realities and wounds that may keep them apart. An interesting mix of supporting characters keep the pages hopping. But the heroine steals the show. This is a story I will return to!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Excellent
    Mirella More than 1 year ago
    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!
    Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
    Deeanne Gist is taking us back to the World's Fair in Chicago! Louis Tiffany (yes those Tiffanys) has a giant ambition to show off his love for stained glass at the fair. His dream is to do a stained glass chapel that will be inspiring and beautiful. Unfortunately in the midst of creating this marvel there is a glass-workers strike and the men walk out. In a very forward-thinking move Mr. Tiffany seeks out some talented women to fill their shoes. Flossie Jayne is one of the women that he chooses to come and finish the windows. Flossie is a total delight to read about. She's fiesty and brave and daring, while at the same time caring and concerned about those around her. She's determined to be an independent New Woman in an era of change. The story that unfolds about the Tiffany chapel and the women that create it is fascinating. But I have to admit my favorite part is the story that takes place between Flossie and her boarding house neighbor Reeve. As the tapestry that unfolds and becomes their story is revealed I found myself experiencing a myriad of emotions. I wanted the two of them to live happily ever after but wasn't sure it could be accomplished because of their diverse makeups. But we all know opposites attract! Tiffany Girl is a delight on so many levels. The history and author's notes behind the story are fascinating. We modern women have a lot to be thankful for of those women who paved the way. Gist's stories are a real treat because they are long and detailed without being tedious. Even at 527 pages I still felt like I was galloping through the novel. I'm not sure exactly how she manages to pack so much in and keep the story racing along, but she is definitely a master at it. The pictures and illustrations add such a wonderful setting to the novel. This would be a great choice for your reading group or as a wonderful treat for yourself. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
    Sue5 More than 1 year ago
    This is my first Deanne Gist Novel and I couldn't put it down.  Todays women can relate to the woman of the 1800's, the same ideal is still alive.
    Please_Pass_The_Books More than 1 year ago
    This book is adorable. I felt like the scenery and dialogue were totally authentic to the period, and that Deeanne Gist did a beautiful job walking me through the Victorian era. I'll admit that Flossie Jayne wasn't my favorite protagonist of all time, but believe the censure of other reviewers regarding sensuality are misplaced. I liked the book for what it was—a sweet diversion. I was given a free advance copy of this book from its publisher Howard Books through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
    Kathae More than 1 year ago
    Flossie Jayne is an aspiring artist.  When Louis Comfort Tiffany comes to her art school to recruit women to fill the gaps left by striking men, she jumps at the chance, declaring herself a “New Woman.”  She is frustrated by working so hard with her mother, a “seamstress to the stars” of 1890s New York City, only to have her father gamble away their hard-earned money.  Flossie leaves home, takes up residence in a boardinghouse, and begins employment.  As a single child, she yearns for relationships with others that would develop into a “family,” and works to liven things up at the boardinghouse. Reeve Wilder, a hermitic newspaper reporter, is appalled at the very idea of the “New Woman,” and in researching for a series of articles on the subject, learns that Flossie and her friends are not heretics, but decent people just trying to make their way in the world. It was fascinating to learn about the process of making stained glass windows, and the Tiffany Company’s place in the Chicago World’s Fair, but this book is much more than that.  It was about the growing up that Flossie had to do as a young woman living on her own.  She had to face the truth about her judgment of others, her abilities as an artist, and her motivation for remaining on her own.  Although she faced many disappointments, she came through a stronger person, and always likable. The transformation that happened in Reeve was pretty amazing.  He went from being pretty reclusive to being a person who sought out friends and enlarged his areas of interest.  Much of that was due to Flossie’s pointing out the truth to him. The first thing I loved about the book was that it was so big.  Lots of pages to get lost in!  I loved the cover design, replicating stained glass.  The interior photographs of the actual places where the events took place added a lot to the enjoyment of the story.  I also liked that it had small chapters.  It was easy to squeeze in a chapter amidst life’s busyness. If you like historical fiction, this is a great choice for you.  I loved that the author took a little-known fact to us now, and constructed a whole story around it. I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
    MarlaDWV More than 1 year ago
    I enjoyed "Tiffany Girl" very much, and would have read it straight through if I hadn't had to go to work, fix dinner, etc. I like Deeanne's books because the characters are always likeable, imperfect people who come through in the end. Plus I always learn some interesting history in the process.
    Katnip More than 1 year ago
    I always know I will thoroughly enjoy Deeanne Gist's books, and this was no exception!  In a way, it's like two books in one.  I learned so much from Gist's tireless research of the times.  I now have so much more respect for what women went through in the late 1800's in order to be thought of as something more than a wife or daughter.  And I now have much more respect for Tiffany glass products and what goes into making them so beautiful.  The more minor connection in this book with the 1893 World's Colombian Fair in Chicago was a nice reminder without being a major part of the story as in the previous two books (which I also loved). The cover is a little deceiving because it shows her working on a lampshade, which is never actually detailed in the book except for brief mention at the end that they DID work on lamps after finishing the windows. The second story in this book is that of Flossie and Reeve.  A slow and rocky start to this romance, came to the a wonderfully satisfying conclusion.  They both had traits that I loved and hated, and it was good to see where they came from and understand how it affected their feelings and choices.  I would highly recommend this book. Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book for review by the publisher.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Deanne Gist has long been one of my favorite authors. The way she builds realistic, historic worlds and plunges the reader into the middle of them is just amazing. Her characters are real, flawed, lovable, and sometimes despicable, in the best way. Tiffany Girl was no exception. I really enjoyed  getting to know Flossie, the protagonist, as she steps out on her own in a time when women did no such thing. I really related to Flossie's fight for independence, and surprisingly enjoyed reading about the gender issues of another era in time. I really recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of Mrs. Gist or historical romance. 5 well-deserved stars.
    Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
    Friday, May 15, 2015 Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist, © 2015 The boarder in the adjacent room at the boardinghouse may wish he hadn't been eavesdropping on the two girls through the thin walls. He may just decide he needs a closer inspection of this New Woman. Reeve Wilder may think he is innocently gathering information for his New York World newspaper articles, until Flossie Jayne sideswipes him. Yes, these are our two protagonists ~ Reeve and Flossie ~ our main two contenders with many interesting adventures. Newly discovered letters, a decade ago only, revealed an actual person in this time period that the story is written about. That is exciting! What would it have been like to being used to having your daughters home until they married, having them tell you they were going off on their own? And to a nondescript New York City boardinghouse where who knows who lived there? No chaperone? Working in a man's job? Flossie has indeed done just that. She is a new Tiffany Girl at Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, New York City, in the Women's Glass Cutting Department. She also has a great plan for her new job restocking in the storeroom ~ sorting the hues of the colored glass. I thought it was a great idea. Her idea was shot down ~ too time consuming; hmm. There is change ahead for Klausmeyer's Boardinghouse, as Flossie puts name place cards on the dinner table to acquaint residents beyond their "I always sit there." Being an only child, Flossie was looking forward to mingling with her now "big family." So... she is going to have to bring it about, in her creativity. An immediate notice upon receiving Tiffany Girl was the length ~ 512 pages. Love it! And each period photo included. I like the fullness of the character descriptions to their very thoughts and feelings revealed through questions and reflections afterwards of the get-to-know-you questions shared during dinner. The selection of each one, pausing and reflecting on answers ~ and the depths of them, so researched as to draw each one in and aware of their attributes and caring. Their thought-out responses revealing their heart and very precious memories hidden away until gently escaping into fullness. You will enjoy being fully emerged in their every day, wanting to visit them again. Another thing I like is the mention of current news of the times in the newspaper. So many good things ~ learning to trust another, feeling free to reveal yourself. So smoothly written as they converse among themselves. Thank you, Deeanne Gist, for a beautiful story worthy of capturing their endearing inner hearts. To the readers, there is so much for you to discover as you read this story; so beautifully written with expression. The days at Tiffany & Co; the display at the World's Fair, the coming to terms with keeping one's self apart from others. You will love the journey. Deeanne Gist has brought to life each part of the story. The years incorporated, 1892-1893, could be any year with downfalls in economy and learning to communicate with others. This is a valuable story of giving and caring about others, of working together and being thankful. More than a fictional story, it will touch your heart. ***Thank you to author Deeanne Gist for inviting me to review her newest novel, Tiffany Girl. You will love it! Remember the pictures with a caption beneath in the Nancy Drew books? Tiffany Girl has them too! This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***