- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 13 hours and 49 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: March 9, 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001V9T2R6
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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. While her characters are still conveying good Christian morals and a redeeming message of God's constant love and benevolence, her works, this book included, fail to be sappy or preachy. They tell tales of love and heartache and humor and joy that just about everyone can relate to and enjoy. This is not your typical novel from a Christian publisher, and I think most of us can whole-heartedly agree that that is a GOOD thing!
Essie's escapades sometimes made me gasp, but more often made me giggle. I liked her enterprising spirit, even if she was considered scandalous by some of the other characters. I admired Tony's determination in his dilemmas, but sometimes I wanted to give him a good talking-to.
I enjoy reading historical fiction, often because it teaches me something new and authentic about that era. I certainly learned some interesting facts about the oil field development in Texas and those bloomer girls, all wrapped up in an eventually sweet romance.
This was my very first DeeAnne Gist book, back in the day. She became my favorite authoress and I've read most her books twice. I LOVE them!!!!