Monday, March 28, 2016

Fair Play by Deeanne Gist - Review

SADDLED WITH A MAN'S NAME, the captivating Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for pursuing a man's profession. As a lady doctor at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, she is one step closer to having her very own medical practice--until she doctors an imposing man who threatens the fulfillment of her dream.

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 aspire to walk in a man's shoes.

But the abandoned baby Hunter discovers at the Fair finds him teaming up with the good doctor to give the foundling a better future than the slums of Chicago, where the children play on flea-infested, garbage-strewn streets. As Billy and Hunter fight for the foundling's welfare, their hearts warm to the precious child--and to each other. Soon their concern grows to encompass the Nineteenth Ward's burgeoning population of street children. In the interest of fair play, Billy and Hunter let nothing stand in their way as they labor to build a park for them, birthing Chicago's first playground and a national movement that will sweep the nation.

But the Fair is coming to an end, posing impossible decisions for Bill and the man who has won her heart. Will they become a footnote in the Fair's history books, or will what they discovered in Chicago be longer lasting than the World's Exhibition?

Deeanne is one of my favorite writers even though it's been a while since I've read one of her books. She does a great job of pulling you into the story and making you feel for the characters. This one was so interesting that I even read the 'Author's Note', which was seven pages! The note tells about Chicago at that time and enlightens about that time period, very interesting. This book comes highly recommended from me.

I purchased a print copy of this book but I also got an e-copy from Net Galley in return for an honest review.

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