If you are looking for an historical romance that will transport you to an interesting time period while making you laugh out loud and cause your heart to flutter then you've found it in Fair Play.
Deeanne Gist has brought us back to the 1893 Chicago's World's Fair and introduced us to Dr. Billy Jack Tate. Despite the masculine name, Billy is very much a woman. Her first meeting with Hunter, the handsome Texas Ranger is quite revealing in all the wrong ways! But never fear Billy quickly evens the playing field when she has to treat Hunter for a very uncomfortable and embarrassing ailment. The two have an instant attraction but of course nothing can come of it because their goals in life are counter productive.
Little did the two know how much an orphaned baby would change their worlds. The plan was to leave him in the capable hands of the women of Hull House. But on the day they made their way to the West Side of Chicago their combined destinies were changed.
Not only is this a charmingly witty love story, it is also a fictionalized peek into the darker side of Chicago during the infamous World's Fair. The juxtaposition of the opulence of the Fair and the slums of the West Side make for an intriguing story-line. One of the many things that I liked about the book was the inclusion of the photos at the beginning of each chapter. They helped set the stage for what was happening during that portion of the story.
Some of the other additions to the book are a discussion guide for reading groups and information from Deeanne on her research and reasoning behind the story. After reading the book it was very interesting to get a glimpse into the making of the story and the rhyme and reason behind why the author chose to stick to the facts on some points and stretch the truth on others. I really enjoyed the lengthy story and look forward to reading and discussing it with my reading group. I think it would make a great addition to your book club or your personal reading list.
I was provided a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Billy is a lady, and not just a lady, but a lady doctor scheduled to speak at the World's Fair.
Hunter is a Texas Ranger working as a guard. But while he's working he starts having abdominal pains, so his buddy takes him into the clinic where he meets Billy. Let's just say that he was not expecting a woman doctor.
When Hunter finds an abandoned baby at the fair, he brings the baby to Billy, and together they take him to Hull House. Along the way the trip opens their eyes to the vast differences between real life and the fantastical world inside the fair.
Both Billy and Hunter are strong compassionate character. They interact naturally with each other, and their relationship grows as they work together to build a safe place for children to play.
But there are twists and turns in the plot, and all does not turn out as one would expect. This book does deal with more mature themes, so I would not recommend this book for young teens, however the tough things in this book allow the characters to show their true mettle.
Billy is a determined young woman, who put herself through medical school, she is used to charging into every situation and challenging every opponent. She is not used to asking for help, and is used to defending her independence.
Overall, this is a great story that takes a closer look at the World's Fair, including many historical moments and characters woven into an engaging plot. With sprinkles of humor and deja vu moments throughout. A great new book from Deeanne Gist!
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I thought that Fair Play by Deeanne Gist was a fun and entertaining read. I loved the interaction between Billy and Hunter. Those two were hilarious together at times. I also loved getting the historical glimpse of Chicago in 1893 and of the World's Fair at that time. It was sad to read how the poor lived during that time. But I did enjoy reading the author's vision of the World's Fair. I really felt like I was experiencing it for myself.
Fair Play is definitely being put on my keeper shelf. I think it's one of my growing favorites of the year. If you like a good historical that's fun and entertaining, then this book is for you. I highly recommend it.
I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books, for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
There has never been a book by Deeanne Gist that I have yet to enjoy. I was wrapped up in the Chicago World's Fair and the year of 1893. I felt like I was experiencing the fair myself.
I enjoyed the complete story but I really appreciated how much history filled this fictional story. I felt like there was so much in this book and it and it had a perfect balance of fiction and history. I liked how Billy, the woman doctor... which wasn't popular at this time... and Hunter, the ranger, got past all of their frustrations and worked together with a share passion.
They saw what was happening with young children, thanks to an infant being abandoned. As they were trying to find a place for this baby, their eyes were opened to the crimes being committed by young children. They were determined to figure how they could help change the lives of these children who were left in such hopeless situations.
On a side note, I really like the cover of this book. I think it is beautiful, with the Ferris Wheel in the background and the beautiful lake. I'm looking forward to what Deanne Gist will write next!
I received this book free from Howard Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
Travel back in time to right after the O'Leary cow Chicago fire and attend the 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair. Deeanne Gist has us walking in their footsteps and we feel we are at the fair, with the inclusion on old pictures of the buildings, and wonderful descriptions. We put faces to the people, although fictional, we become absorbed in their lives, and those around them.
We have a young woman doctor, and of all things she has two male first names, Billy Jack, talk about confusing people. Woman doctors at that time were a rarity, and one would suppose that with that name a man. We also have a Texas Ranger, Hunter Scott, a very self-confidant man, with cute attributes. You will be chuckling when you see how these two meet, and life with them becomes very interesting.
Yes it is definitely a man's world and Billy is trying to succeed here, but both she and Hunter have big hearts and lots of compassion. There is a lot included in this story, besides walking into the poorest parts of Chicago, and see such poverty. We visit the jail that is so crowded that people and children, yes children, have to stand up, if they sit they are in human waste. Can't even imagine! Then there are the gangs, and in a way a lot like today, with bullies, and weapons.
Can these two opposite individuals forge a relationship, with so much going against them, along with long held convictions? Will they be able go give an inch here and there; it sure doesn't look like it. We even have a cameo of people from previous books here, if you have read the first book It Happened At The Fair, you will recognize them, and if you haven't be sure to pick it up, it is another keeper.
I received this book from Howard Books, and was not required to give a positive review.