Deanne did an awesome job bringing to life the struggle of women trying to live in a man's working world. (Amongst other story lines about the poor, lack of child labor laws, prejudice, justice system, etc) i love especially how she was able to show her character's inability to realize that as a women she needed to recognize that she was still physically weak, and that she constantly placed herself in a vulneable sometimes compromisng position. Through funny interaction it was neat to see how the sexes thought very differently. Her character, Dr Tate had to learn her limitations and accept them as well as understand she had a God given desire to fur-fill a greater role that God natually instilled in us women. the desire to be a mother, the desire to be a wife.
deanne brought that all to light without losing the respect women played in history as leaders, docotors, servants of the Lord, etc.
well done! i saw myself in this story, as a young zealous female, and saw my mistakes, my arrogance, and my naivety. great moral story for all young women to learn today.
the romance showed how both characters fell naturally in their God given desire for each other. once again reminding us that we are women, man is man and marriage is Good! I would love my daughter to read it, it does have some sensuality, however it only realistically shows the struggle and again how God created us with a desire to complete and fur fill the opposite sex in God's timing of course.
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.
Despite 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.