Courting Trouble

Courting Trouble

by Deeanne Gist


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ISBN-13: 9780764203947
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Publication date: 06/01/2007
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Deeanne Gist—known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee—has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very original, very fun historical & contemporary romances. Add to this four RITA nominations, two 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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Courting Trouble 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
YoungLC More than 1 year ago
I love books that show people with problems and issues and must learn to trust God in those situations.
JoannaTX More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
TammyPhillips on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I hope this was supposed to be a comedy, because I laughed all the way through it! Gist's stereotypical cowboy was hilarious and yet, the undercurrent of the story held a serious theme. Not my favorite author, but entertaining nonetheless.
northandsouth on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I so enjoyed this book that I devoured it in less than 24 hours! Essie, the main character, is someone even a woman in today's age can relate to. I especially love how Gist involves Christian beliefs and prayer elements in the story. The last few chapters are especially uplifting in this regard. For those of us struggling to live a Christian life in today's society, this book is an entertaining and hopeful guide.
cherryblossommj on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I am very much so looking forward to the sequel of this book! Sometimes there are topics that people who have experience certain things are hurting terribly to tell someone to get opinions and help in a way, but the policies of society closes their mouths and keeps them alone in thought. Essie is a girl that is getting to a spinster age and wants nothing to do with it and seeks out herself a husband. Not only is she becoming an old maid at age 30, but she like hats, and gasp rides a bicycle (This is 1894 in Texas). Her first goal for a husband ends up getting baffled, but not before she moves onto desiring a drifter cowboy. This is where confusion and emotions play apart. I would really recommend this book for every girl and woman to read. Even men really. Sometimes you want something so badly that you are willing to break rules to get it, and do not even realize that the rules that you are breaking will take it completely from your grasp as well as effect the rest of your life. Who would imagine that something private you take part in effects everyone you know and love. The basic tells of this story is not of a spinster who looks and searches for her one true love, although that does happen. It is about a woman who wants to be loved so much, and doesn't realize that she already is. Jesus Christ is the one man who will love all no matter what they do, and the hard part in many peoples lives is how we can overlook that fact and get our lives to a ruining stand point before we realize we do not have to go searching just accept.I recommend this book for anyone. But especially for those who knew me when I was age 16 and 17. This story will explain a lot to them and perhaps render some understanding into what fools we humans can be, but how we can grow and seek the right kind of love.
jewelsanne on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I thought this book was great. Essie wants to be married and is quicly becoming an old maid. I love that although she is an old maid, she keeps true to herself. She keeps wearing her silly hats and being the tomboy that she is. She also doens't always make the right choices and think about how her actions will affect her long term and others around her, but she gets through them. I thought the book was fun and touching in some parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must Read!!  This book was a very good and fun to read. It keep me very entertain and can't wait to read the sequel!!!
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I enjoyed this story. It was nice to have the main character not be perfect.
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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.
grandma-honey More than 1 year ago
Interesting, different, kinda predictable. Though I did grow quite fond of Miss Essie.
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Even though the ending of the book is not what one would think, I was thoroughly entertained. I couldn't wait for the sequel.
Joy Smith More than 1 year ago
I love books by gist, but didn't care for this book all that much. I liked the se
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Shermaria Major More than 1 year ago
This book was surprisingly good. Christian novels like this are usually boring but this is something special.
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PenNameIN More than 1 year ago
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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Renee Godi More than 1 year ago
another of Gist's well written stories. It's hard to find a hood Christian fuction author. I've enjoyed all her books.
AMHblogger More than 1 year ago
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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