Deep in the Heart of Trouble

Deep in the Heart of Trouble

by Deeanne Gist


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A Texas-Sized Tale of Unexpected Love

Essie Spreckelmeyer is the last woman anyone in Corsicana, Texas, expected to see with a man on her arm. Independent and outspoken, she's known more for riding bicycles in outrageous bloomers than for catching a man's eye.

And the last man who seems willing to give her a second glance is Tony Morgan, newly hired at Spreckelmeyer's oil company. The disinherited son of an oil baron, Tony wants most to restore his name and regain his lost fortune—not lose his heart to this headstrong blonde. She confounds, contradicts, and confuses him. Sometimes he doesn't know if she's driving him toward the aisle or the end of his rope.

That's how life is...Deep in the Heart of Trouble

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764202261
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2008
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(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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Vickie McDonough

"The Texas oil fields and turn-of-the-century Texas come alive in Deep in the Heart of Trouble. Readers will quickly turn pages to see what happens next to spunky Essie and trouble-plagued Tony. Deep in the Heart of Trouble is sure to be another winner for author Deeanne Gist."--(Vickie McDonough,

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Sneezybee23 More than 1 year ago
Essie surrendered her life to God years ago. With that surrender came the acceptance of her singleness. Now, at age 34, Essie is considered to be an old maid and is content helping with her father's business, running the Corsicana Velocipede Club and spending time with her loved ones. When her father hires Tony Bryant, Essie's under-control world begins to spin out of control - especially when Tony asks for permission to court her! But Essie and Tony both harbor secrets. Essie made a horrible mistake in her past and Tony hides his very identity. Can Essie and Tony both gather the courage to reveal their darkest secrets before the secrets destroy them? Deep in the Heart of Trouble by Deeanne Gist is the sequel to Courting Trouble and I admit, of the two books, I liked this one better. The plot was filled with romance and at the same time had characters that challenged the reader to grow closer to God. I certainly admired Essie's dedication to God and her understanding that her worth came from God - not a man. She found contentment and was willing to stay that way until God decided otherwise. Gist's writing style was catchy, fun and humorous. Mrs. Lockhart's character was absolutely charming. I loved the way she quoted romance novels to make her point. Overall, a good book that I would recommend for a permanent library. I will definitely be reading it again.
Renee Godi More than 1 year ago
like all of her stories, Gist fully develops the story. Beautifully written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Essie Spreckelmeyer, the town¿s spinster, has a reputation as a forward thinking woman she¿s president of the Velocipede Club, has appeared in the newspaper, runs her father¿s oil company and has the audacity to wear bloomers. When Tony Morgan comes to town, he¿s not overjoyed about having a woman boss, yet she intrigues him on a personal level. Essie refuses to have a relationship with one of her employees, but Tony eventually wins her over. Each has a secret that could destroy their relationship. When a murder and a lynch mop are interjected, anything can happen in the small town of Corsicana, Texas.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1898 in Corsicana, Texas thirty-four years old Essie Spreckelmeyer is contented with living life her way as a single woman who runs Sullivan Oil and spends as much time as she can in the Corsicana Velocipede Club. The male townsfolk has adapted to the spinster running the key business that employs most of them.------------- Tony Bryant arrives in town looking for work at Sullivan Oil not knowing Sully has given his daughter control. She gives him a job, but they do not see eye to eye. However, as they fall in love, Tony fears he will leave heartbroken once his beloved Miss Essie learns who he is. She will not tolerate him as the son of her business rival his full name is Tony Bryant Morgan. He may be estranged from his father and Morgan Oil is run by Tony¿s half brother, Darius, but his Miss Essie will not forgive his omission. Essie has a secret too that could leave her heartbroken if her beloved Tony fails to accept her past.----------------- This engaging late nineteenth century Texas romance uses oil as the matchmaker and match-breaker as the lead couple each has the liquid gold flowing in their veins. Tony and Essie are a wonderful pairing as they fight, fuss, and fall in love. Readers will enjoy Deanne Gist¿s second trouble in Texas tale (see COURTING TEXAS) as the heart of the matter is not oil but love.--------- Harriet Klausner
cleoppa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I kind of feel the same way about this book that I do about all of Deeanne Gist's books. I enjoy listening to them... but they border on the absurd and soap opera. She puts her characters in these outlandish situations and then keeps throwing weird twists and plot angles. In themselves, none of this is bad or entirely unbelievable, but thrown altogether it just feels a little... over the top. Nonetheless, her romances are light-hearted and fun.
khiemstra631 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I listened to both this book and its predecessor, and they are both very clever books. Essie Sprecklemeier was a woman who was way ahead of her time. Her work with the velocipede club in Corsicana, Texas gives a certain twist to the plot. It's hard to imagine a day when riding a bicycle was considered a wild, improper thing for a woman to do. However, in my mind, one of the stars of this particular book is Mrs. Lockhart, the reader and lender of romance novels. I drove along laughing at her suggestions as they were read to me. This is a really cute read, and I recommend it.
countrylife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿My stars and garters!¿ This was a fun and fluffy little story. A little history about oil wells and bicycles, wrapped up in a romance. A little who-done-it, pertly solved by the lady members of the velocipede club. The bad-guy is headed to Fort Smith to be tried by ¿Hanging Judge Isaac Parker¿. A distant relative (one-armed!) was the court reporter for Judge Parker, so I enjoy running across the judge in a book now and then. As to the sense of place, I just happened to drive through Corsicana last weekend, so I know that the author got the setting just right, and it¿s a good thing the area is so flat, what with all that bicycling going on. The main character, Essie Spreckelmeyer, mentions her faith a time or two, though not in a preachy sort of way. But just as a fair warning, know that this book is put out by a Christian publishing house. Don¿t let that deter you, though. This is a good, clean, fun little story that any romance reader could enjoy. And I did!
Steph33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very satisfying book. I loved the development/tension/resolution of the main characters. The supporting characters were interesting and funny. (I loved Mrs. Lockhart!) The plot and setting were also well done. I thought this was a much better book than Gist's A Bride Most Begrudging.
MichelleSutton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For me the most enjoyable part of all of Deeanne's novels are the stolen kisses and the tension between the hero and heroine. I love the push-pull in romances and this author is a master with showing passion between people in love and yet reigning them in before things got out of hand. Toward the end I really didn't see how they would get out of the mess they were in but Deeanne did a great job dragging out the tension just enough to make you sweat, then offering a satisfying conclusion. I really enjoyed this read. Except for the lag in the middle it was nearly perfect.
northandsouth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I cannot wait for Gist's next book due out in June 2009!
GrandmaKaye More than 1 year ago
After reading Courting Trouble by Deeanne Gist, I just had to buy Deep in the Heart of Trouble to see what other trouble these memorable characters faced. I was not disappointed. 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.
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Liz51 More than 1 year ago
Independent, quirky Essie meets her match in this novel set in the oil fields of Texas. This quick, fun read will delight.
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This was a great read. A little predictable but worth reading.
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AMHblogger More than 1 year ago
I absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed this book from the very beginning to the very end. This book flowed nicely from Courting Troubles right into this one. I was hooked from the start. There was a good variety of characters, ranging from the ones I totally loved to ones I totally despised. It was very hard to put this book down at times. The story was gripping and interesting and contained some unexpected turns. Definitely a must read! The main thing I got out of this book was no matter what circumstances I find myself in, whether from my own doing or that of others, if I just trust God and wait patiently, He will deliver me. He can turn the most horrible and miserable circumstances into something so great and far beyond what I could imagine. Trust in Him always.