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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Fair Play by Deeanne Gist - Book Review

About The Book:

From the bestselling author of It Happened at the Fair comes a historical love story about a lady doctor and a Texas Ranger who meet at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
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…

Columbian Guards at the Chicago World's Fair 1893

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.

A painting of the Chicago's World Fairgrounds 1893 - fondly known as The White City

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?

My Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed this lively and fun novel set at the historical Chicago World's Fair.  Author Deeanne Gist does a wonderful job of transporting her readers back to the 1890s with this fast-paced story that includes a little bit of everything that a reader would want - there is romance, there is a bit of mystery, there is action, and, best of all, there is plenty of humor to be found here,

"Fair Play" is the second book that Gist has set at the Chicago World's Fair, but it can be read as a stand-alone novel in itself. I particularly enjoyed the historical photographs of the actual fair that are found at the beginning of each chapter.  That unique touch adds the perfect touch of realism to the historical element of the story.

"Fair Play" would be a perfect book for vacation reading, or for reading pleasure anytime!  I highly recommend it!

About The Author:

Deeanne Gist has rocketed up bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very fun, original historical and contemporary novels. She has received three RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards, and rave reviews.

With a background in education and journalism and a degree from Texas A&M, Deeanne has written for People, Parents, and Parenting magazine. She has four grown children and lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband. Visit her online at www.IWantHerBook.com and at Facebook.com/DeesFriends.

My thanks to Nancy Berland Public Relations for supplying the review copy of this book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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