Author: Deanne Gist
Publisher: Howard Books, May 6, 2014
Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback
Good Reads Description
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…
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.
I think the setting of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair is a sensational idea.
I loved all the historical content in this book which includes lots of historical photographs. The characters were likable although I thought the romantic parts weren’t very original. There was good chemistry between Billy and Hunter. There was a slight Christian slant in the book which I liked, but only a minimum amount. It was like the author didn’t want to be too bold with the Christian position.
The book was written well. It takes many twists, some heartbreaking, some keeping you on the edge of your seat. I can’t think of anything I didn’t like in the book, it was a good story and I would recommend it, especially to those who love historical fiction.
The book contains a Reader’s Guide for Book Discussions and an Answer and Question section.
I received a copy of this book from Howard Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
You can learn more about Deanne Gist at her website: http://www.iwantherbook.com/#deeanne-gist
OTHER BOOKS BY DEANNE GIST
It Happened at the Fair: A Novel
Maid to Match
A Bride in the Bargain
Love on the Line
Bride Most Begrudging, A
The Trouble with Brides
The Measure of a Lady: A Novel
Deep in the Heart of Trouble