Fair Play: A Novel







Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

Series: It Happened at the Fair #2

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.


  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451692412
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451692419


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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.

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?

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FAIR PLAY by Deeanne Gist is an interesting Christian Historical  Fiction set in 1893 Chicago. #2 “It Happened at the Fair”, but can be read as a stand alone. See, “It Happened at the Fair”.

Billy Jack Tate, is a female Doctor in 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, which is odd enough for this era, with her male’s name and her desire to have her own medical clinic, she is one step closer to her dreams until one Hunter enters her world.

Hunter, is a Texas Ranger and World’s Fair guard, tough, abandoned as a baby and he isn’t inspired by big cities, or women who work in a man’s profession.

When Billy and Hunter team to help a foundling home in Chicago’s slums, they warm to each other and a child. Billy and Hunter, create the first Chicago playground for children of the streets. Love blossoms in more ways then one. The characters are engaging, and the storyline interesting. Ms. Gist, pulls readers into her stories and holds them there in awe. She brings Chicago alive through the pages of her stories. I love the pictures that are throughout the book, depicting the events. Well done! I would recommend this title for any one who enjoys Historical fiction, Chicago, Chicago’s World Fair and a wonderful tale of love, patience, and faith.

*I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books, for my honest review. the opinions expressed here are my own.”

Rating: 4.5

Heat Rating: Sweet

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More