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Absolutely riveting. I couldn’t stop reading until the end.
Novels Alive TV, 4-1/2 Stars
Vibrant and textured ... Gist does an amazing job.
NPR Books, Bobbi Dumas
I laughed, I cheered, I gasped in horror, I gasped in surprised, I speculated, I worried, I hoped. I loved. At one point ... I was certain everything was going to hell in a hand basket and that it wasn’t a heart-warming tale after all, but one meant to inflict pain...on me. All this, because I was so emotionally invested in the characters and they were having some serious conflicts. Needless to say, I was completely emotionally involved in the story. A test of a truly amazing author—when they can elicit that kind of emotion from their readers!
History Undressed
This is a wonderful book! ... The charming characters are testing the waters and defying the rules in an era where society expects single women to act a certain way. Gist has done a tremendous job.”
RT Book Reviews, 4-1/2 Stars

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Tiffany Girl

*MUST READ OF THE YEAR!* - USA TODAY

*HISTORICAL FICTION OF THE YEAR!* - RT REVIEWERS' CHOICE

*BEST LONG HISTORICAL OF THE YEAR* - RITA AWARD

BUY BUTTONS (in ABC Order):

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.

*HISTORICAL OF THE YEAR* - RITA AWARD

*HISTORICAL OF THE YEAR* - RITA AWARD

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 School of Applied Design. 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 handpicked by Louis to help complete the Tiffany chapel. Though excited to be an independent "New Woman" when most of the fair sex stayed home, she quickly finds the world 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?


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Book Index


Book Index


What do a progressive lady doctor and a rugged World's Fair guard have in common? NOTHING!

What do a progressive lady doctor and a rugged World's Fair guard have in common? NOTHING!

Fair Play

Saddled with a man’s name, the captivating Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for pursuing a man’s profession. As a lady doctor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, she is one step closer to having her very own medical practice—until she doctors an imposing man who threatens the fulfillment of her dream....Read More →

Chicago. 1893. A FAIR of the heart.

Chicago. 1893. A FAIR of the heart.

It Happened At The Fair

Gambling everything, including the family farm, Cullen McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the Fair's Machinery Palace makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In an act of desperation he hires...Read More →

Love's not always a clean sweep.

Love's not always a clean sweep.

Maid To Match

Attention Downton Abbey Fans: From the day she arrives at the Biltmore, Tillie Reese is dazzled--by the riches of the Vanderbilts and by Mack Danvers, a mountain man turned footman. When Tillie is enlisted to help tame Mack's rugged behavior by tutoring him in proper servant etiquette, the resulting sparks threaten Tillie's efforts...Read More →

 
Everything's set for their wedding … now somebody needs to tell the bride.

Everything's set for their wedding … now somebody needs to tell the bride.

A Bride In The Bargain

In 1860s Seattle, redwoods were plentiful but women scarce. Yet a man with a wife could secure 640 acres of timberland for free. Joe Denton doesn't have a wife, though. His died before she could follow him to Seattle and now the local judge is threatening to take away his claim. In desperation...Read More →

An eShort prelude to Fair Play.  

An eShort prelude to Fair Play.

 

Tempest In The White City

(An eShort Story) Hunter Scott is one of the elite. A guard of the World's Columbian Exposition specifically chosen for his height, physique, character and ability to serve and protect. Overcome by debilitating abdominal pain, he stumbles to an infirmary only to discover the doctor is...Read More →

Is her curiosity dialing up love … or a whole mess of trouble?

Is her curiosity dialing up love … or a whole mess of trouble?

Love On The Line

Rural switchboard operator Georgie Gail is proud of her independence in a man's world ... which makes it twice as vexing when the telephone company sends a man to look over her shoulder.Dashing Luke Palmer is more than he appears though. He's a Texas Ranger working undercover to...Read More →

 
What must he sacrifice to capture the villain who threatens everything?

What must he sacrifice to capture the villain who threatens everything?

Beguiled

Rylee Monroe, a dogwalker in Charleston's wealthiest neighborhood, never feared the streets at night. But now a thief is terrorizing the area and worse, someone seems to be targeting her. Reporter Logan Woods is covering the break-ins with the hope of publishing them as a...Read More →

She has one mission: Find a husband.

She has one mission: Find a husband.

Courting Trouble

Whether it's riding bikes, catching snakes, or sliding down banisters, Essie Spreckelmeyer just can't quite make herself into the ideal woman her hometown--and her mother--expect her to be. It's going to take an extraordinary man to appreciate her joy and spontaneity--or so she...Read More →

Is it love … or are they deep in the heart of trouble?

Is it love … or are they deep in the heart of trouble?

Deep In The Heart Of Trouble

Essie Spreckelmeyer is the last woman anyone in Corsicana, Texas, expected to see with a man on her arm. Independent and outspoken, she's known more for riding bicycles in outrageous bloomers than for catching a man's eye ...Read More →

 
When the rules don't count, how's a girl to measure up?

When the rules don't count, how's a girl to measure up?

The Measure Of A Lady

Rachel Van Buren arrives in Gold Rush San Francisco with two wishes: to protect her younger siblings and to return east as soon as possible. Both goals prove more difficult than she could imagine as her brother and sister are lured by the city's dangerous freedom and a missionary-turned-...Read More →

Do you believe in love at first fight?

Do you believe in love at first fight?

A Bride Most Begrudging

Any ship arriving from England means good news for Virginia colony farmers. The "tobacco brides" will be on board--eligible women seeking a better life in America, bartered for with barrels of tobacco from the fields. Drew O'Connor isn't stirred by news of a ship full of brides. Still...Read More →

[I] laughed so hard at their first full scene together I cried my mascara off.
— Deanna Raybourn, NY Times Bestselling Author [about Fair Play]
Gist takes intriguing historical facts and creates a world of fascinating characters, lighthearted moments, and timeless crises that we can still relate to today
— RT Book Reviews Top Pick
I picked up Deeanne Gist’s latest book certain that my manly brain was about to be overwhelmed with romance, and I wasn’t entirely sure how much I’d even enjoy the book. Imagine my surprise, then, when I found myself hooked within only a few scenes, and I kept having to sneak away to read just one more chapter to see what would develop next!
— CFA Reviews