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Hunter is one of the elite. A Texas Ranger and World's Fair guard specifically chosen for his height, physique, character, and skill. Hailed as the toughest man west of any place east, he has no patience for big cities and women who think they belong anywhere but home.
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 5.50 X 8.38 (inches)|
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Tempest in the White City: An eShort Prelude to It Happened at the Fair - eBookDeeanne GistHoward Books / 2013 / ePub$0.994.5 Stars Out Of 5 2 ReviewsAvailability: In StockCBD Stock No: WW36971EB
Saddled with a man’s name, the captivating Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for taking on a man’s profession. As a doctor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, she is one step closer to having her very own medical practice—until Hunter Scott asks her to give it all up to become his wife.
Hunter is one of the elite. A Texas Ranger and World’s Fair guard specifically chosen for his height, physique, character, and skill. Hailed as the toughest man west of any place east, he has no patience for big cities and women who think they belong anywhere but home…
Despite their difference of opinion on the role of women, Hunter and Billy find a growing attraction between them—until Hunter discovers an abandoned baby in the corner of a White City exhibit. He and Billy team up to make sure this foundling isn’t left in the slums of Chicago with only the flea-riddled, garbage-infested streets for a playground. As they fight for the underprivileged children in the Nineteenth Ward, an entire Playground Movement is birthed. But when the Fair comes to an end, one of them will have to give up their dream.
Will Billy exchange her doctor’s shingle for the domesticated role of a southern wife, or will Hunter abandon the wide open spaces of home for a life in the “gray city,” a woman who insists on being the wage earner, and a group of ragamuffins who need more than a playground for breathing space?
"Gist seamlessly incorporates fascinating historical details about the 1893 World’s Fair and Chicago into Fair Play, which not only tugs at readers’ heartstrings but also shows how the seeds of the national playground movement were sown. Fans of both faith-based historical romance and historical fiction will be delighted with this entertaining addition to Christy Award–winning Gist’s World’s Fair trilogy."
"Fair Play charms the heart and warms the soul. Deeanne Gist is an absolute treasure!"
“[I] laughed so hard at their first full scene together I cried my mascara off."
"Gist's work is comical, sassy, and sweet."
"Gist's historical romances have increasingly gained popularity, combining witty dialog, well-balanced plots, and fully developed characters who seem almost real."
Karen D.Rutland VTAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fair PlayAugust 22, 2014Karen D.Rutland VTAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Enjoyed the historic back ground of the book. Grabs you in the story.
J KayAge: 55-65Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Found the pictures interestingAugust 21, 2014J KayAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 2Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I liked the historical aspect and the pictures, but that was it. I felt like the only thing Hunter was interested in was getting into Dr. Billy's pants. Where was God in this book? I will not recommend this book, and I will not reread it.
The Quiet EccentricCanadaAge: Under 18Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful!June 15, 2014The Quiet EccentricCanadaAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I opened this book late in the evening.
I should really know better by now. I mean, I'm such a sucker for cute historical romance, so needless to say... I didn't get a lot of sleep that night. Now, although I read it on a somewhat sleep-deprived brain, I can honestly say that I loved it and considering I've read almost everything Deeanne Gist has ever wrote, it's a pretty big deal when I say that this book was one of her best. Not only was it well-written, romantic and sweet, but it also had a lot of depth to it.
The only warning I have for you is that it wasn't overly Christian. If you're looking for a novel that screams Jesus from the rooftops, then you won't be satisfied with this book. I'm thinking Deeanne is veering more into the historical fiction rather then the "Christian fiction" label, because although the story mentioned God, faith didn't play a key role.
Other then that, it was great! I highly recommend it to all you ladies who would love a good romance between the stubborn feminist doctor and the handsome Texas Ranger. Our male protagonist was quiet dashing, and I enjoyed getting to know both him and our heroine.
Big MomIngleside, ILAge: Over 65Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Very disappointingMay 29, 2014Big MomIngleside, ILAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1Did not enjoy this book. I look forward to reading Deanne Gist's books, but was surprised to find that I did not like the story line or the characters in Fair Play.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Trademark Deeanne GistMay 21, 2014IolaNew ZealandAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Despite the name, Dr Billy Jack Tate is a woman. A woman doctor, in 1893 Chicago. She is offered a job as a doctor in the infirmary at the Woman's Building at the Chicago World's Fair. She meets Hunter Scott, Texas Ranger employed at the Fair in the Columbian Guard. The two get closer when Hunter finds an abandoned baby, and the two of them take it to Hall House, a home for foundlings on the outskirts of the slum district. As they get to know the area, they decide to work together to build a playground so the local children have a safe place to play.
A huge amount of research has gone into the writing of Fair Play, as is evident from the authentic photographs at the beginning of each chapter. This authenticity was one of the strengths of the story, as it made it so much easier to see the deprivation in the slums, and the contrast between rich and poor. It was also gratifying to read at the end that many of the plot points, including the playground, were based on historical records.
I also liked the characters. Both Billy and Hunter were intelligent and ambitious, and both had a certainty in their occupational calling that provided some interesting misunderstandings. This was tempered by genuine caring for the plight of the poor _ and each other.
Fair Play is a standalone novel, but is loosely related to It Happened at the Fair, also based at the World's Fair. It is published by Howard Books, a Christian imprint, but I have to say that the content is more clean general-market romance than Christian, as there is no overt faith element. That's a disadvantage for those looking for some Christian in their Christian fiction, but will be seen as an advantage by those who find some Christian fiction too preachy. However, it has all Deanne Gist's trademark passion and I'm sure her fans will enjoy it.
Thanks to Howard Books and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.