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3.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 5 3.65 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deeanne Gist Narrator: Danielle Ferland Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Essie Spreckelmeyer Series Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781436185417
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Multiple Christy Award winner Deeanne Gist crafts historical romances that tickle funny bones and touch hearts. Set in 1898 Texas, this enthralling sequel to Gist’s CBA bestselling Courting Trouble features an unlikely romance that’s threatened by painful secrets and an angry lynch mob. Just when her romance with a wholesome newcomer begins to flourish, Essie learns her beau’s true identity. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gist does it again! Her signature prose is consistent, and she delivers a thoroughly delightful and entertaining story that’s worthy of our time and attention. Not only won’t you want to put this book down, you’ll want to enjoy this story again and again.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Gist’s historical romances have increasingly gained popularity, combining witty dialogue, well-balanced plots, and fully developed characters who seem almost real.” Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephenie | 2/17/2014

    " Not as good as A Bride Most Begrudging, but still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/12/2014

    " I liked it okay but I had a hard time believing it was set in the turn of the century. It was not my typical kind of book. I guess I would call it a christian romance. Is there such a genre? I picked it up because it was by the same author as an upcoming book for our bookclub and the one we were going to read wasn't there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Hilton | 2/7/2014

    " This is a fun, clean girl book! It has romance and suspense, but is kind of predictable in the ways of relationships. There was a definite sense of girl-power, even though it took place in 1898. It was great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 2/3/2014

    " "I rode it over here and I have to tell you, it's deuced embarrassing to ride without a partner." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janyse | 1/28/2014

    " This book finished the story of Courting Trouble which I did not enjoy because of the ending. Hence, now with the addition, I found the story much more enjoyable. Nothing deep or profound here, just an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/24/2014

    " Really liked this book. Very predictable, but a well written book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skybirdsmom | 1/16/2014

    " Good fun with an interesting storyline and interesting characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danica Page (One Page at a Time) | 1/13/2014

    " I love Deeanne Gist's style. This book did not disappoint! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 1/9/2014

    " I must say this was far more enjoyable than the first! I also enjoy the fact that it was totally readable as a stand alone book. You would just be out of the loop on a few things until it was revealed later. This book did become slow at some parts but not as bad as the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/2/2014

    " I don't know why I marked this book as read. I didn't pick it up till yesterday. almost done.... ok, 1/2way done. but very good so far! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gilly | 12/26/2013

    " I would have liked it a lot better had it not been so Jesusy. Seriously. Religious does not belong in romance novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 12/15/2013

    " MUCH better. I'm glad to know that last book had a satisfying sequel! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kecia | 12/15/2013

    " It was Cute. But just OK. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanna | 11/4/2013

    " This one is really good even though it is the second one in the story. I suggest skipping the first one all together and just reading this one. You don't really need the first one and it isn't that good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blaire | 10/28/2013

    " I remember tearing through this book when I first read it but I haven't re-read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyson Farmer | 12/1/2012

    " This book was also fun, though maybe not as fun as others of her books. I liked that it wasn't formulaic. The book took a few unexpected turns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 11/19/2012

    " Fun. Simple. A clean romance. An interesting look at the beginning of the bicycle and the freedom it gave women. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 11/2/2012

    " I love the time period this is set in which I think made the book appeal to me even more. I enjoyed it quite a bit for a romance novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 6/25/2012

    " I LOVED THIS BOOK! I cannot wait for Gist's next book due out in June 2009! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 12/20/2011

    " Deeanne Gist came up with an okay storyline. It was pretty predictable most of the time though. I did get really in to it near the end. I just really didn't enjoy Gist's writing style. Kind of cheesy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 8/28/2011

    " Loved how she finally met her guy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly Knappenberger-sanchez | 8/19/2011

    " Love Essie Spreckelmeyer as a wonderful, powerful, independent main heroine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 7/30/2011

    " I liked this one even more than the 1st!! A fun, easy read that made me laugh! I love how this author writes the male characters. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/10/2011

    " I would not recommend this read except for someone wanting a light hearted book. It is a little silly and hard to imagine as genuine in several parts. But, the dialogue was good and had a decent sense of humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 6/14/2011

    " OH SO GOOD!! Sad to say goodbye to Essie. I've had so much fun with her!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 6/5/2011

    " This sequel was more enjoyable than the first in the series. Still cheesy. Still Christian. But well-done with believable characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 6/1/2011

    " MUCH better. I'm glad to know that last book had a satisfying sequel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nellie | 5/7/2011

    " I loved this book. I am amazed at how funny the author is. Her stories are very captivating. I lose much sleep over these books. I just want to stay up all night and read. They are fun, and light. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsey | 4/28/2011

    " Not my favorite of the author's but it held my attention. The main female character was not my favorite overall but I enjoyed the male character so it worked in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/12/2011

    " Note... this is part TWO. Read Part ONE first... It's called courting trouble. I wish I had known that!!

    Another good one. This one is set in Texas and the main characters are men who started big in the oil business. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 3/7/2011

    " This was a fun speedy read. I enjoyed the historical background about the early oil days in Texas and the bicycle craze among women. The story took some fun twists but the happy ending was never in doubt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 2/19/2011

    " Good sequel to the first. The first book surprised me greatly with an original ending and I wasn't expecting this book. I wish it had more character development and less history, but overall loved the way she threw in mystery and action! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/8/2011

    " History, romance, a fair bit of cheesiness and predictability, but - just like a good Lifetime movie - I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 2/2/2011

    " I must say this was far more enjoyable than the first! I also enjoy the fact that it was totally readable as a stand alone book. You would just be out of the loop on a few things until it was revealed later. This book did become slow at some parts but not as bad as the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 12/28/2010

    " totally cheesy and predictable, but a fun read anyways "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 11/30/2010

    " Essie Sprecklemeyer was the most interesting character Dee has come up with so far (and I've read them all!) but the books weren't as engaging "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 11/8/2010

    " Really liked this book. Very predictable, but a well written book. "

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About the Author
Author Deeanne Gist

Deeanne Gist is a bestselling historical and contemporary romance author. She has received four Rita Award nominations and two consecutive Christy Awards. Some of her works include Love on the Line, Maid to Match, Beguiled, Deep in the Heart of Trouble, and others. Before becoming a novelist, Gist worked in elementary education, ran an antiques business, and was a freelance journalist, writing for publications such as People, Parenting, Family Fun, the Houston Chronicle, and the Orlando Sentinel. She currently lives in Texas with her husband and their border collie.

About the Narrator

Danielle Ferland performed in her first Broadway musical production, Sunday in the Park with George, at the age of thirteen. She is best known for her Drama Desk-nominated role as Little Red Riding Hood in the original 1987 Broadway production of Into the Woods. She also appeared in theatrical productions of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and Moliere’s Tartuffe.