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Tired of Waiting for a Match-Made-in-Heaven,
She'll Settle for One Made in Texas

Whether it's riding bikes, catching snakes, or sliding down banisters, Essie Spreckelmeyer just can't quite make herself into the ideal woman her hometown--and her mother--expect her to be. It's going to take an extraordinary man to appreciate her joy and ...
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Overview

Tired of Waiting for a Match-Made-in-Heaven,
She'll Settle for One Made in Texas

Whether it's riding bikes, catching snakes, or sliding down banisters, Essie Spreckelmeyer just can't quite make herself into the ideal woman her hometown--and her mother--expect her to be. It's going to take an extraordinary man to appreciate her joy and spontaneity--or so says her doting oil-man father.

Unfortunately such a man doesn't appear to reside in Corsicana, Texas.

It's 1894, the year of Essie's thirtieth birthday, and she decides the Lord has more important things to do than provide her a husband. If she wants one, she needs to catch him herself. So, she writes down the names of all the eligible bachelors in her small Texas town, makes a list of their attributes and drawbacks, closes her eyes, twirls her finger, and ... picks one.

But convincing the lucky "husband-to-be" is going to a bit more of a problem.

Join Deeanne Gist for another unforgettable tale and find out whether Essie's plan to catch a husband succeeds or if she's just Courting Trouble.

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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times
This Christy award-winning author does not disappoint in her latest novel. Readers will hold their breath as passions are flared, limits are crossed, and secrets are revealed. Aside from a great storyline, highlighted with humor, readers will appreciate the insights that are revealed as we follow Essie on her journey toward love and acceptance. Anyone who has ever loved and lost will find this story a source of encouragement and delight.
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I loved how the author showed that changing who you are for someone else will always leave you empty and frustrated. In short, this story gave me a powerful emotional experience. I feel like I learned something about myself, and I benefited spiritually from reading Courting Trouble. Like I said, it's the best of her three books.
—Michelle Sutton
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Courting Trouble is a hugely entertaining story. It is funny and touching with a poignant message that will cut straight to readers' hearts.
—Cindy Mealer
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From the very first pages the reader will find this one hard to set down. Essie is - in a word - spectacular! She is funny, compassionate, caring, and the more you read of her miss-adventures, the more you will love her.... you'll be totally charmed with some laugh out loud scenarios, and shed tears of compassion as well when life's journey hits a few bumps in the road. I was most impressed with this newer author's previous novels A Bride Most Begrudging and The Measure of a Lady. But with this latest book positively sparkling with vitality and uplifting entertainment, I can emphatically state Gist has won me over completely. Write fast lady, I can't wait for the promised sequel!
—Marilyn Rondeau
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Fans of Ms. Gist's previous work already know they are in store for a fun, charming, truly delightful read with characters they will adore. Courting Trouble is a story that does have a few shocking moments, and a romance that is pleasing to read about, as well as many secondary characters that will have you smiling and laughing out loud over their actions. This is a historical that is sure to find its way onto reader's keeper shelves and pulled out often for a reread. I highly recommend Courting Trouble and am eager to read the next story from Ms. Gist.
—Wendy Keel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410402912
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Series: Thorndike Christian Historical Fiction Series
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 513
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Deeanne Gist has a background in education and journalism. Her credits include People, Parents, Parenting, Family Fun, and the Houston Chronicle, and she has a degree from Texas A&M. Dee is the author of five previous bestselling novels, including A Bride in the Bargain and Maid to Match, and lives in Houston, Texas.
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  • Posted February 21, 2011

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    Great Book

    I love books that show people with problems and issues and must learn to trust God in those situations.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2009

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    Fantastic Protagonist!

    I've read 4 Deeanne Gist novels now, and Courting Trouble and Deep in the Heart of Trouble are my favorites. I like that Essie is spirited and makes misktakes. It's always easier to relate to characters that do.

    But my favorite part of the book is when she finally forgives herself - it's really one of those sappy touching moments. I read it all it one go, so I think you can guess how much I liked it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fine late nineteenth century inspirational drama

    Courting Trouble Deeanne Gist Bethany House, Jun 2007, $13.99 ISBN: 0764202251 In 1894 in Corsicana, Texas, thirty years old Essie Spreckelmeyer is tired of being a spinster so she decides she will find herself a husband. The eccentric woman selects widower Hamilton Crook, but he refuses to look at a woman who rescues snakes into submission and rides a bike like a man in public. Instead he goes elsewhere for a new wife. Soon after her latest disappointment that massacres her self esteem especially when it comes to attracting a man, Essie meets charming drifter, Adam Currington. They are attracted to one another and he makes it clear she has what it takes, but will he stay with the new and approved Essie when he knows she has better suitors than wanderlusts like him? --- Essie is the key to this late nineteenth century inspirational drama as she learns to accept herself, which leads to confidence and others accepting her beyond being a ¿nut¿ to avoid. The audience will enjoy following the heroine¿s coming of age as Adam teaches her to thine own self be true and the townsfolk begin to see there is more to her than just eccentricity. Deanne Gist provides a strong historical tale starring a likable individual finally understanding that God had not abandoned her to a life all alone and that she should thrive to be all that she can be. --- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

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    I had such HIGH HOPES for this novel. Yes, I did appreciate the point it had for women in the end. But I really hated how the main actor ended and the story in general. Every scene hurt. And I felt so much pain for the protagonist. She deserved a happy ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Cute

    I enjoyed this story. It was nice to have the main character not be perfect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Great book!

    This is a wonderful read set in Texas in the laste 1890s. Essie is adventuresome, strong-willed, independent, naive, and badly in search of love. She is blindsided by a smooth talker and learns a hard lesson. Essie's strong faith helps her come to terms with her future. The logical follow-up to this book is Deep in the Heart of Trouble, another 5 star Gist book.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Interesting

    Interesting, different, kinda predictable. Though I did grow quite fond of Miss Essie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2011

    Loved the main character!!!

    Even though the ending of the book is not what one would think, I was thoroughly entertained. I couldn't wait for the sequel.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    Ok book

    I love books by gist, but didn't care for this book all that much. I liked the se

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Great Historical Christian Novel!!!

    This book was surprisingly good. Christian novels like this are usually boring but this is something special.

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    Nothing real great about

    Raed it all, but wasnt my fav by this author. Not sure if I liked main character at all, or enough to read next in series.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

    great story

    another of Gist's well written stories. It's hard to find a hood Christian fuction author. I've enjoyed all her books.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

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    A great first read in this genre and by this author!

    In thinking back and really reviewing the book, I discovered a little more I saw and have gotten out of it. It took me until the middle of the book to get me hooked to where it was hard to put it down. I saw myself in several character roles throughout this book, some good and some bad. But, by the very end, I saw myself in a character's role I didn't expect, which was also where I received the most revelation from. In my own life, I was seemingly trying to fill certain voids instead of letting God fill those voids when the time is right. It helped me to see that I need to take things in perspective and at one step at a time. God knows my needs and desires even though I want to take things into my own hands and at my pace. I need to step back and trust Him. It's a struggle, but it wasn't intended to be easy. This is a very good book with a very well written and absorbing story. (This was my first from this author and this genre).

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

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    Essie reminded me a little bit of Emma Woodhouse from the book, Emma.

    The book was a little sad but pretty good. Really wanted to know how the story would end. After she turned thirty, Essie Sprecklemeyer is tired of waiting for a husband. So she picks one from a list and sets out to convince that potential husband. Easier said than done. Throughout the book, I felt a little sorry for Essie. Glad that her family were supportive especially near the end. Ending was good. Nice that Essie has good friends like Mrs. Lockhart and Harley, just to name a few. Not to mention that she loved things like bicycling and wearing different kinds of hats, not caring what other people think. Worth a check if you're a fan of author Deeanne Gist and her other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2008

    Sadly disappointing

    After reading her previous two books, Courting Trouble was such a let down. I really would have been fine with her not falling in love, it is just the whole book as itself. A Bride Most Begrudging was wonderful, and even Measure of A Lady seemed well written. I just was expecting so much more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    A Must Read

    This book is an absolute MUST read for anyone who enjoys christian romance. I could not put it down! I have read all of Deanne Gist's books and have found them all to be fabulous! While others have commented on the books being too 'racy', I think they are real and entirely enjoyable! Christian women are not exempt from romantic feelings and emotion and I appreciate an author that is not afraid to be real in her writing! Please keep them coming Deanne!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2008

    Excellent Christian Fiction

    This was the first book that I had read by Deeanne Gist and I will be reading many more. Essie, an eccentric and spontaneous thirty-year old, is searching for a husband. Although this novel has many laughable moments, there are serious moments as well. The author provides an excellent portrayal of her main character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2007

    Read her other novels first...

    I adored Deanne Gist's first two novels. (As did my mother, mother-in-law, aunts, and sisters-in-law who all borrowed the books from me!) This one, however, was disappointing. I don't think I'll pass it around as I did the first two. I liked the ending very much, but I felt that there was not enough historical background, which I loved in the first two. It seemed that Essie just flounded from suitor to suitor. The ending was very predictable, despite its likability. I also thought some of the sexual scenes were too racy. I'm not offended by erotic fiction, but I didn't expect this to BE erotic fiction! Also, I found Essie annoying and not really as independent as she is described. I hope that the sequel will make Essie a better developed character AND give more historical background on Corsicana. This wasn't a bad read, but it was disappointing compared to the first two books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2007

    Better and better

    Essie, the heroine, is destined to become one of your favorite characters. She's sassy, eccentric, and thoroughly likeable. You'll forgive her flaws and rejoice as she comes into her own. While perfectly moral, the book is realistic and inspirational. I love it.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    To Catch a Husband

    This was my first Deeanne Gist book that I have read. I have A Bride Most Begrudging sitting on my shelf but I haven't gotten around to it. But now I definitely will have to make room for it in my TBR pile. First things first, this was one of the edgiest Christian fiction books I have ever read. Most other stories just hint about sex but never really talk about it. Wow this one nearly made me blush while reading certain scenes! Of course they are still very tame, but quite risqué compared to other CBA books that are out there. I did like Essie very much. I felt her pain and frustration about not being able to find a husband. She sounds like though that she would be a really great friend to have. She'd be a perfect chick-lit character if placed in a modern setting. I love reading about independent women and Essie definitely was one, with her bike riding and snake handling. I like the characters from the town as they made the story more lively. But oh, how I hate gossipy, jealous, bitter women. They seem to want to make everyone's life miserable. When I got to the ending, I was happy with it because of the way the rest of the story lead up to it. But I do hope very much to read the sequel to this book for more Essie adventures. I cannot wait but until then I'm going back to read Deeanne's other two books. Excellent, unusual romantic story with a spunky heroine.

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