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"Gist does it again! ...Not only won't you want to put this book down, you'll want to enjoy this story again and again."
----- JUNE TOP PICK, 4-1/2 STARS, Romantic Times, Jennifer Reyes

"After reading the first book in this series of two, I was anxious to get my hands on this one. It is a spectacular, feel-good story which I highly recommend."
----- FIVE STAR RATING, The Romance Studio, Brenda Talley

"Deep in the Heart of Trouble is sure to be another winner for author Deeanne Gist." -- Vickie McDonough,

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Reprinted edition (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076420226X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764202261
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deeanne Gist has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very original, very fun historical & contemporary love stories. Add to this four RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you've got one recipe for success.

She has a very active online community on her website at and at

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By M. Rondeau VINE VOICE on June 5, 2008
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Essie Spreckelmeyer is somewhat of a legend in her hometown of Corsicana, Texas. As the founder of the Corsicana Velocipede Club and running her father's oil business, Essie's outrageous costumes for bike riding, as well as her often eccentric behavior no longer surprised the townspeople. After a disastrous affair of the heart, Essie had long lost her dream of a husband and babies and embraced Christ and spinsterhood instead.

Tony Morgan was the second son of the Morgan Oil company baron. Upon his father's death, Tony was disinherited and ordered to leave his family home by his older step-brother who was left everything. Tony took his mother's maiden name of Bryant, shaved mustache and beard, and traveled to Corsicana to find a job at Spreckelmeyer's - Sullivan oil company. Starting at the bottom, he knew if given a chance he could work his way up the ladder and restore both his name and eventually his fortune. Only one thing stood in his way - Essie Spreckelmeyer who seemed to have taken an instant dislike to the handsome drifter. The lines were drawn, the sparks were flying, and the battle of wills was on!

*** Ms. Gist's characters, are well-defined, generally very wise and almost always having a great sense of humor. While ranked as being `inspirational' her books are not at all preachy and she does not use numerous quotes from the bible to impart Christian beliefs. Instead, her characters (most of them) embrace the lessons allowing the story itself to give food for thought.

Essie is smart, independent and born way ahead of her time as far as standing up for women's rights, and opinionated - I'd liken her to the Gloria Steinam of her generation.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. VINE VOICE on July 5, 2008
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I am a big fan of Deeanne Gist's writing, but I was sorely disappointed by her third book, "Courting Trouble." I still can't quite exactly put my finger on why; it had a wonderfully unique plot with vivid descriptions of the time period, and lively characters. I think my problem with the novel may have been that I wasn't wild about the main character, Essie. Despite her outgoing personality and her attitude that she can do most anything she wants even though she's a woman, I found her to be a bit too simpering and naïve and she just grated on my nerves. I could have just chalked it up to the time period Essie was set in, but I know that Gist has never let that stop her from creating beautifully multi-dimensional and memorable characters before.

I picked up "Deep in the Heart of Trouble", Gist's fourth novel and the sequel to "Courting Trouble" simply because I believe in Gist as an author, and I didn't want to let the little fact that I am not a fan of her character keep me from enjoying her latest work. I was so pleasantly surprised to find that in the four years that had passed in the storyline between the two books, Essie grew up and became a character that I quickly fell in love with! She had learned a few lessons from her past and became a better, more well-rounded woman for it. I also loved that Gist added a little mysterious twist to the book, which brought along excitement and adventure... I don't want to give away too much, so I won't say anything more about that.

"Deep in the Heart of Trouble" is another wonderful example of how Gist bucks the traditional storyline for Christian Fiction, thus making her novels enjoyable to all readers regardless of their faith.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimfurd on June 5, 2008
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I know I'm reading a good book when I simply hate to put it down - when I'm reading every moment I can, in the car, before bed, between chores - I know this book is special. Deep in the Heart of Trouble did not disappoint! I've read some of Deeanne Gist's other stories, and like the others, Deep in the Heart of Trouble drew me in and didn't let go until the last page. Gist has a real gift for creating a sense of belonging to the time period in which her story takes place, and every character just adds layers of color and texture to the point that you are truly transported! Now that is the kind of writing I love!

"Essie Spreckelmeyer didn't have a man, nor did she need one." (p. 11) From the very first sentence in this book, Essie is the most eccentric, independent, unusual lady to grace the pages of fiction. I absolutely adored her, and by the end of the book I was cheering her in her newest venture! Gist brilliantly sets Tony Morgan - a disinherited oilman - in the opposite corner of this tale, and the story that grows between them is one of frustrating tension, tender forgiveness and breathtaking passion! Each of the characters in this saga, even the minor characters, add so much to the plot and action within the story that Essie and Tony's relationship becomes real in your mind. No wonder Mrs. Lockhart kept referring to the characters in her books! (I love her!!)

I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves adventure and romance set in the late 1800's during the Texas oil boom days. This is a well-written, well-paced story that will keep you up at night trying to finish just one more chapter! I loved it, and I certainly look forward to the next story coming out next year! Bravo, Deeanne!! Bravo!!
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