Must-read romances: ‘Tiffany Girl,’ ‘No Woman Left Behind,’ ‘The Denim Blue Sea’

June 4, 2015 - fall Denim

Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist

What it’s about (courtesy of Howard Books):

As preparations for a 1893 World’s Fair set Chicago and a republic on fire, Louis Tiffany—heir to a disdainful Fifth Avenue valuables empire—seizes a event to betray his state-of-the-art, stained glass, mosaic chapel, a likes of that a universe has never seen.

But when Louis’s dream is threatened by a glassworkers’ strike months before a Fair opens, he turns to an variable source for help: a womanlike students during a Art Students League of New York. Eager for adventure, a immature women collect adult their skirts, pierce to boarding houses, take adult steel cutters, and assume new identities as a “Tiffany Girls.”

Tiffany Girl is a heartwarming story of a hasty Flossie Jayne, a beautiful, budding artist who is handpicked by Louis to assistance finish a Tiffany chapel. Though vehement to live in a boarding residence when many women stayed home, she fast finds a universe is reduction welcoming than anticipated. From a Casanova male, to an radical married couple, and a pompous singing master, she takes on a colorful expel of characters to renovate a boarding residence into a home while racing to finish a Tiffany chapel and make a name for herself in a art world.

As hurdles mount, her ambitions spin threatened from an astonishing quarter: her possess heart. Who will explain victory? Her dreams or a enthralling roomer subsequent door?

Why we should review it: In her latest in a prolonged line of acclaimed chronological romances, Deeanne Gist aptly describes a work of artist Louis Tiffany as both colourful and resplendent. After reading Tiffany Girl, we now know these difference simply request to Gist’s work, as well. Just as a stained potion artist melds astonishing tone combinations into something glorious, Gist combines a unreasonable and easeful seamstress, a bleak and sullen journalist, their frigid conflicting viewpoints per a woman’s purpose inside and outward a home, and a backdrop of amicable and mercantile disturbance to emanate a story that’s a fresh, intriguing, sensuous and poetic look into America’s past.

With sharp-witted detail, a author presents 1890’s New York City and a Chicago World Fair as a environment for Flossie Jayne’s entrance of age. The chronological sum are absorbing, never brazen and always eye-opening — this is a initial I’ve listened of “bustle pinchers” on streetcars, and a fact that any lady operative outward a home was deliberate immoral? Mind boggling.

Flossie couldn’t be some-more opposite from that stereotype. She’s not perfect, of course, and her imperfections make her immensely engaging. She’s bossy, precocious, compassionate, well-meaning, and longs for autonomy and integrity — and validation. Boy howdy, does that need for validation get her into trouble. What unequivocally tender me about Gist’s description of her heroine is that yet Flossie is talented, she’s not a best during what she does. Her mistakes might defect on one level, yet they invite on another. What she needs is a sip of practical, something a favourite Reeve Wilder recognizes right away.

Her father would positively like Reeve Wilder. They’d find most in common if they were to ever meet. With a approach her father felt about her being here, though, a chances of that were slim. Still, it had been educational to hear Mr. Wilder voice what Papa had not—or maybe could not. She’d arrange of stumbled into being a New Woman since of circumstances. Certainly, she wanted to be paid for her work, yet she wasn’t a member of any women’s association. She hadn’t attended any women’s rallies or lectures. She merely wanted to be paid for her labor so she could go to art school. She had a tough time observant how that was going to lead to a decrease of a whole tellurian race.

Reeve lives in a boardinghouse where Flossie rents a room. He finds his new neighbor noisy, interfering, greedy and frivolous, and in lapse Flossie finds him short-sighted, self-righteous and self-pitying. Definitely not a box of adore during initial sight, yet a chill of expectation is good and truly there. (For me, too — he leaves his window open so a wandering cat can shun a bad continue and nap in comfort — how darling is that?!) It’s a pleasing thing, examination Flossie and Reeve learn to conclude any other, and come to accept and even know a other’s beliefs and attitudes as they event by a sweet, touching stairs of a fledgling romance.

It was a initial time she’d been kissed in her whole life. And oh, my, what kisses. She had no idea. No consternation preachers were so endangered about sins of a flesh. If that was any denote of what went on between a male and a lady after marriage, she could positively see since some couples ate repast before they pronounced grace.

Don’t we adore that phrasing? Reeve’s one loyalty before a appearance of Flossie, by a way, is with an aged lady who’s also a boarder, and I’ve frequency review anything so heartwarming as a attribute between those two.

Tiffany Girl is a jubilee of self-discovery, love, a past that made us, and of course, art. Sketching, painting, potion blowing, essay — even a art of a con. The characterization is abounding and authentic — no one actor is all good or all bad. The account is a treat, a dash impeccable. Gist gives her characters copiousness of time to grow, to adjust to nice dreams, and to tumble in love. This third book in her Chicago World’s Fair array is a surprising, inspiring, enriching read, and a simply pleasant duration romance.

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No Woman Left Behind by Julie Moffett

What it’s about (courtesy of Carina Press):

My mother’s life idea has been to see me, geek extraordinaire Lexi Carmichael, happily married. So bringing my initial boyfriend, Slash, home for cooking has me hyperventilating. Things get a lot worse when bullets start drifting over a corn chowder.

Now a whole alphabet soup of supervision agencies wish my assistance anticipating a male behind a attack—Johannes Broodryk, a cyber niggardly we foiled on my final case. He wants punish and he’s taken something of cave to safeguard I’ll play, so it’s diversion on. But a supervision has a possess agenda, and Slash is not on house with a plan. Things are a bit rough in paradise.

Although I’m some-more gentle with mechanism formula than commandos, I’ve been reserved a group of Navy SEALs to assistance move Broodryk down. The doubt is, will they tarry me prolonged adequate to solve his mysterious puzzles and save a day?

Why we should review it: I’m still smiling after reading Julie Moffett’s latest. No Woman Left Behind is best fun, mixing stirring cyber suspense, fraudulent troops maneuvers and a barely-out-of-the-box intrigue that’s headed for potentially antagonistic territory, all relayed in a delightfully self-deprecating voice of honeyed geek Lexi Carmichael.

Boots picked adult a gun from a list and hold it out to me. “This is a SIG Sauer pistol. Let’s use going over a procession for loading and banishment it. You’re not approaching to have to pull or use it during a mission, yet we aren’t promulgation we in unarmed.”

When we finished a weapons training, Jason, a naval comprehension analyst, had his spin with me. He handed me a tiny laptop in a special lift case.

“We don’t know how Broodryk will play this, yet in box we need a keyboard, it’s all here. It’s got zero supportive on it. If we have to, we can leave it behind. We’ve got a module to clean it remotely, yet if we wish to fire it up, we can do that, too.”

I couldn’t suppose ever sharpened a computer, yet we do what we have to in a name of inhabitant security.

Lexi is a enthralling character, crazy intelligent yet socially awkward. She has a healthy fear of a chagrin she knows is unavoidable due to her introverted nature, yet a fear is easily offset by her clarity of humor, that allows her to equivocate holding her possess failures too seriously. As shortly as a chagrin does come — and you’ll both hearten and recoil when it comes some-more than once — she shrugs it off and trudges on. we desired her for that, and a SEALs who primarily were reduction than tender came to conclude it, too. In fact, a interactions between Lexi and a SEALs are a delightful scream — a stage where she gets verbatim hands-on knowledge with a sniper called Hands is astonishing and priceless. When Lexi stays loyal to herself and her dear logic, even when it puts her in peril, she turns her teammates’ doubt into astonishment, generally when she manages to be so serene about a whole thing. Really enjoyed that part.

The intrigue takes a behind chair to a suspense, yet usually just. Slash is an enigmatic, multitalented Italian hunk who looks after Lexi like a male in wholehearted love, and he calls her cara. (Deep sigh.) Anyway, after reading a line like: There was no approach we could tell my relatives I’d woken adult in a center of a night to find Slash in my bedroom after he’d damaged in to learn what we knew about a box he’d been operative on, how can we not be raging to review their adventures from a really beginning?

This sixth book in a Lexi Carmichael poser array runs a riveting progression from waggish to deadly, and a ideally paced movement in between will have we unresolved onto Lexi’s any word and breathless for her subsequent geeked out adventure. Meanwhile I’m headed behind to a beginning, looking brazen to training how it all began in No One Lives Twice.

The Denim Blue Sea by Joanne DeMaio

What it’s about (courtesy of Joanne DeMaio):

During dual Aug weeks, denim engineer Maris Carrington and coastal designer Jason Barlow ready for their much-anticipated wedding. Guests arrive early, branch keys in desirable lodge doors to start their New England summer escape. The matrimony is a reason for aged friends to accumulate again; to accommodate in their unfair beach hangout and get a jukebox cranking; to travel that weathered boardwalk underneath a starry sky; to breathe a honeyed salt air. “Cures what ails you,” one of a friends, Neil, always pronounced prolonged before his life was sadly claimed. But his bequest was not.

When Maris discovers Neil’s long-lost journal, a passages exhibit a distressing secret. Can truths be found within a timeworn pages? Can this leather-bound biography combine a friends as their lives start to fray? A bittersweet family reunion, a startling confront from a harmful accident, a intolerable admission withdrawal one matrimony shattered—all will exam a once close circle. Suddenly this protected breakwater on a willing Connecticut shoreline churns with romantic turmoil, melancholy even a beach matrimony usually days before it is to happen.

Yet like a china top on a violation wave, adore and loyalty rinse ashore with hope, ever shimmering, in The Denim Blue Sea.

Why we should review it: USA TODAY bestselling author Joanne DeMaio continues to expel her Stony Point spell with The Denim Blue Sea, her latest contemporary that catches us adult with characters initial introduced in Blue Jeans and Coffee Beans. One year later, we join a 3 executive couples and their families and friends as they start a preparations and celebrations for Maris and Jason’s beachside wedding. These dual have already been by so most — Maris had a boatload of shame to strew and indispensable to routine a fulfilment that her big-city career was not most some-more than an pardon to censor herself away, while Jason struggled with his possess large shame over a genocide of his brother, and unsuccessful to shake his feelings of inadequacy. They found in any other solace, a strength to forgive, and a ability to love.

But we all know that adore alone doesn’t pledge a happy ever after. Patience, understanding, amusement and a perfect integrity to see a tough times by are indispensable as well, and in The Denim Blue Sea, these are all tested in a large way. Jason hesitates to come between Maris and her lifelong dream, and yet Maris accepts that Jason will always fastener with a remarkable genocide of his brother, she can’t acquit a lengths he goes to as he labors to lay certain ghosts to rest. It’s heartbreaking, examination these two, who are so apparently meant to be together, onslaught with doubts and hurdles absolute adequate to derail not usually their wedding, yet their destiny as a couple.

Another integrate is struggling as well, and oh, did this torture me, too, since I’d secure so fiercely for this span in a prior book. The same spook that haunts Jason and Maris haunts this matrimony as well, and there’s no easy solution. we admire this about DeMaio’s stories — genuine characters humour genuine problems and a resolutions, if found during all, mostly engage a lot of “try, try again.” The introspection renders a gait contemplative during times, yet a ease never lasts — waves design and mangle and lives are forced to change once again.

DeMaio’s books are manly and constrained not usually since of her stories, yet a difference she uses to tell them. Her account is evocative, liquid and soulful, and shows a genuine bargain of tellurian nature.

Sometimes beauty is so intense, it hurts. There’s a pain in your heart, or your thoughts, or your possess breathing, that comes from a enormity of a beauty. And right now that pleasing pain prevents her from observant more, since all she’ll do is moan if she tries—sob with grief during a loss, during a honeyed memory that has flittered behind into her life like a sparkling firefly. The prophesy of a lavender sky over a sea, and low immature mire grasses murmur in a salt air, fireflies rising in a cloudy evening.

The novel unfolds in a participation of a ocean, that does a possess share of talking. It whispers secrets, hisses reproofs and murmurs difference of love. The constant waves yield a common thread, and play a surpassing purpose in any character’s life. They all see a H2O differently, and get opposite feelings from it, including comfort, inspiration, fear, resignation, resentment, regret, challenge, and a clarity of communion.

Though a sky above is still lavender with slow night, along Sea View Road, he catches steer of a eastern perspective of a Sound. The object is rising there, brightening a setting to a dim orange. Imposing cottages and dune grasses mount in dim silhouette, framing a early morning stage as a object drops a swath of golden light opposite a rippling water.

Gorgeous prose, and a beautiful story that entertains as most as it awakens. we rarely suggest a resting drop in The Denim Blue Sea.

Kathy Altman’s latest contemporary intrigue novel is Staying during Joe’s. Kathy prefers her chocolate with nuts, her Friday afternoons with booze and her adore stories with happy ever afters. Her website is

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