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Deep In the Heart of Trouble
by Deeanne Gist

Reviewed by Vickie McDonough

"The Texas oil fields and turn-of-the-century Texas come alive in Deep in the Heart of Trouble"

Can romance find a spinster who’s determined that it has passed her by?

Essie Spreckelmeyer has given up on love. As a thirty-four-year-old spinster, she’s content with leading her bicycle club, running her father’s oil company, and being the town’s trend-setter. Well-known for her outlandish behavior, she’s the last person anyone in Corsicana would expect to see strolling down the street on a man’s arm. When Essie’s father hires a new man, she gets upset. Tony Bryant may look good, but he is inexperienced in an oil field, and that makes things more dangerous for all the workers. After handing her the reins of the Spreckelmeyer Oil Company, why is her father now trying to take them back?

Tony Morgan’s life has taken a downward spiral. He is the second son of one of the wealthiest oil barons in Texas. But his father just died and stunned Tony by leaving him nothing. He clerked for his father for years and knows all about the inner workings of an oil company, but now—using a different surname—he is determined to start at the bottom and work his way up. Maybe one day he will have his own company that can challenge Morgan Oil, which his step-brother now solely owns. The only thing standing in his way is the boss’s too-hot-for-her-britches daughter. She wants him gone and hasn’t bothered to hide the fact. So why is he so drawn to the pretty woman who always stands up to him with flashing blue eyes and who wears those scandalous bloomers?

Much to Essie’s surprise, she grows to like Tony Bryant. He doesn’t back down from her and sees her for the woman she is and not the one people talk about behind her back. Is it possible that it’s not too late for love to find her? Dare she open her heart again? When Essie learns that Tony worked for Morgan Oil, her biggest competitor, she begins to doubt his motives. Does he really care for her? Or is he merely using her to worm his way inside her oil company so he can destroy it?

I liked Essie much better in Deep in the Heart of Trouble than in the previous book, Courting Trouble. She is still a go-getter but has mellowed a bit as she’s aged. She sees God as her husband and doesn’t expect to ever marry, so she is stunned when handsome Tony Bryant shows interest in her. Sparks fly between them in the beginning as she sees him as a liability. But she soon realizes that he is smart, capable, a fast learner on the oil field, and he isn’t intimidated by her like so many other men have been. Author Deeanne Gist has done a great job showing Essie’s struggles and fears as she begins to hope that maybe God has a husband for her yet.

I loved Tony. He’s an honorable man who has had the rug pulled out from under him, yet he doesn’t resort to his brother’s cheating tactics. His character is impeccable and he’s buff and good-looking too. He sees what he wants and goes after it—including Essie.

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 is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written four Heartsong novels and five novellas. Her stories have placed first in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written books reviews for nearly five years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is a wife of thirty-one years, mother to four sons, and a new grandma. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. Vickie loves hearing from her readers via e-mail.