10 July 2014

Teresa Mathews reviews FAIR PLAY by Deeanne Gist


Fair Play by Deeanne Gist
Howard Books

Reviewed by Teresa S. Mathews
5 Stars*****

Deeanne Gist has once again blown me out of the water with another magnificent story set during the exciting time of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Here this beautiful story unfolds and we meet a young woman that has overcome many obstacles to graduate Cum Laude from the University of Michigan with a Doctorate of Medicine. You would think with such prestigious credentials Dr. Billy Jack Tate would have patients beating down her door; but once they find out that Dr. Tate is not a man, most refuse her help.

 Scott Hunter, a Texas Ranger had been chosen to be a guard at the World’s Fair, he knows it’s quite a privilege but it’s not the exciting work he is used to as a Ranger. Until he catches a frivolously clad lady entering a basement building backside first. The lady claimed to be the guest speaker of the meeting that day but that was a story that was hard to swallow finding her as he had. Goodness knows he had tried to catch a glimpse of her face but all he caught was a glimpse of a part he knows he shouldn't have seen.

Billy Jack was running late for her speaking engagement and could not believe the abrupt guard wouldn't let her in the building, after being threatened with arrest Billy Jack backed off. When a lady out of the crowd told Billy she could get her in, she never dreamed it would be through a window in the basement and directly in the path of a handsome guard.  

The next time Billy and Scott meet is even more embarrassing as Scott is in desperate need of a doctor and when Billy walks in poor Scott would rather die than tell her his problem. This is where the fun begins for these two stubborn, hardworking individuals and where it ends is so beautiful my words would fail to do it justice, so just grab a copy of it and jump right in. You will NOT be disappointed! I love how Deeanne dealt with some of the problems and prejudices of this era. I have enjoyed all of Deeanne’s books and I don’t think I have had a favorite until now. This one had me running the gamut of emotions from laughter to tears. Deeanne is a truly remarkable storyteller!! 

***Thanks to Howard Books and Net Galley for providing me a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.***

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Giveaway: We are giving away one paperback or e-book, winners choice, to a commenter from the US. International winner e-book only. 


32 comments:

  1. What a wonderful story this was!! I think it's my favourite of Deeanne's books also! :-) Thanks for the excellent review TERESA, it sure brought back a lot of hilarious images to my mind's eye! ;)

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    1. NOELA I sure have a lot of fun reading this also!! DEEANNE's wonderful sense of humor really came out in this book!! :-)

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  2. Wonderfully written review, TERESA! This book sounds like a lot of fun!

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    1. DIANA, DEEANNE had me lol on more than one occasion!! Especially with the medical problem poor Scott had! Oh man I had tears in my eyes reading that scene!! :-) This is one book you really have to read!!

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  3. I LOVE Deeanne Gist's books! I would love a chance to win this one! Thanks!
    Great review, too!

    Shannah M (NC)

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    1. SHANNAH, DEEANNE is quite the author!! I'm so glad you dropped in, here's hoping for a win for ya!! :-)

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  4. I love Deanne Gist's writing. This looks like another great book.

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    1. SUSAN DEANNE this is a really great book, I know you will love it! Thanks for coming by!!

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    2. LOL!! I was trying to say DEEANNE is an excellent author and this is a really great book!!

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  5. Sounds like a great story! Hope to win, but either way, will add to my "to read" list. Blessings!

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    1. TINA this is a wonderful story!! I am hoping for a win for ya!! Thanks for stopping in!!

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  6. Deanne Gist is one of my favorite authors. I hope I win this book but either way I will enjoy reading it!

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    1. Oh LORI you certainly will enjoy this book!! Here's hoping for win for you!! :-)

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  7. Now I am more intrigued as you think this is one of her best books ! I always enjoy the reviews you ladies give. It really does make a deciding factor as to if i get some of the books you do. Teresa, you did a wonderful review. Praying for your DH Sis.
    Linda

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    1. Hi LINDA thank you so much for the prayer and sweet words! Oh yes I do think it is an outstanding book!! There was so much more I did even mention i it. It will be well worth your time to read it. :-)

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  8. What a fantastic read this promises to be. Thank you for your lovely review.

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    1. MARY thank you for your sweet compliment. This book is so good my review just didn't do it justice!! DEEANNE is such an amazing author!! This is a book I will certainly want to re-read!! Thanks for dropping in!! :-)

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  9. I l♥ve Deeanne's books. They are so much fun to read.
    Please enter my name in the drawing to win a copy of this one.
    Thanks!!

    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. CINDI I will be delighted to add your name in the drawing!! Thanks for stopping by!! :-)

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  10. I have loved every one of D's books and can't wait to read this. They always take me for a ride I never expected.

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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    1. HI MELODY it's good to see you!! You are so right about DEEANNE's books!! They are always so good!!! :-)

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  11. Noela had already sold me on this book with her review re: the baby, romance, passion, and social issues, etc. - but your wonderful review is the "icing on the cake" (and you are the best at those fabulous cakes, dear lady LOL) with those hilarious scenes, Teresa!! Thank you!! "Fair Play" is a definite "must read" for me now!!

    Just wondering if you or any of the other commenters have been to a World's Fair?? I went to the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tn.. For anyone wanting to view the area, it is now known as World's Fair Park and the beautiful Sunsphere (the symbol of the fair) is still there and the observation deck on the 4th level was opened to visitors again in May of this year - looking out on the Tennessee River and the Smoky Mountains. There are 8 levels in all, the 5th houses a restaurant. The only other original structure of the 1982 World's Fair still standing is the amphitheater but there are interactive fountains (with a 1 story geyser), a stream and lake, a greenway connecting to the riverfront, a park-like setting with blooming trees, etc., and the HGTV walk (donated by HGTV to commemorate their 10th anniversary in Knoxville). It is also located next to Volunteer Landing and Riverfront Park which has interactive geysers, waterfalls, playground, picnic area, restaurant, marina, fishing, University of Tennessee football stadium nearby, a riverboat, and the largest Labor Day fireworks display in the southern U.S. ("Boom Day"). Have I stirred the "wanderlust travel bug" in anyone yet??

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of "Fair Play" - my first opportunity to read one of Deeanne's books!! Hugs!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Oh BONNIE you never cease to amaze me with all your knowledge! I have never had the pleasure of going to a World's Fair. I would love to go to the one you just described in Knoxville!! We try to head to the mountains of NC/TN at least once a year. I think next time we need to head on up to Knoxville! Good luck in the drawing!! :-)

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  12. Hello my friends. Thanks for the great review Teresa. Sure sounds like a good one. Bonnie, I've never been to a World's Fair but my oldest daughter was at the New York one in 1964 when she was only 13. She was taking accordian lessons and after only three month's of lessons was picked to be their band. The only one with no more lessons that had been invited to join. they were in a contest there. S had a blast while mom was home worrying. I would to win this book. love to my OWG girls. Love you. Maxie












    and had only been learning for 3 month's when shw was picked to be in the band.

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    1. HI MAXIE...that's sounds exciting about your daughter but I would have been worried too! Does she still play the accordion? Here's hoping for a win for you!!! Thanks for coming by, I always love to hear from you, you always make me smile!! :-)

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  13. Smiling, a fun addition to It Happened at the Fair! Will look forward to reading this continuing story research. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  14. Hi KATHLEEN, it's so good to see you here today. I too enjoyed It Happened at the Fair but I think I enjoyed this one a little more!! :-)

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  15. Teresa,
    Entertaining review. I have read some books by this author and have enjoyed her writing. Thanks for sharing your review. Stop by and visit me sometime at inspiredbooksguide.com.

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    1. Hi MARY so glad you dropped in!! Thanks for the invite! I'l be sure to check out your website!! :-)

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  16. Those sounds like a fun read! Thanks for the chance to get a copy!
    Nancycooks4u(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. I would love to read this book.
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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  18. Thank you for a great review. The book sounds wonderful!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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