Courting Trouble


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.


This book was amazing! It’s probably the best book I’ve read so far [this year]! If you haven’t read this book then I think you should go and purchase your copy today! The book is funny, entertaining and the story just draws you in. I savored every word of this book and after I was finished, I found myself going back, reading certain passages that stuck with me - it is EXTREMELY RARE for me to do this!
— Cecelia's Christian Fiction Blog, Cecelia Dowdy
Excellent, unusual, romantic story with a spunky heroine.
CFBA Book Review, Deborah
4 STARS ****

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.
— Romantic Times
Essie’s journey is touching, funny, and refreshingly atypical of the romance genre. Her faith and fearless determination will warm the hearts of readers who enjoy gentle historicals. This delightful follow-up to the 2006 Christy Award-winning A Bride Most Begrudging and The Measure of a Lady is recommended for historical fiction collections and readers wanting a different, spiritual twist to the traditional romantic tale.
— Library Journal
Courting Trouble is a hugely entertaining story. It is funny and touching with a poignant message that will cut straight to readers’ hearts.
— Kwips & Kritiques, Cindy Mealer
5 STARS *****

From the very first pages the reader will find this one hard to set down. Essie is — in a word – spectacular! ... 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.
— Reviews International Organization, Marilyn Rondeau
Courting Trouble is stamped with [Gist’s] trademark humor and quirky characters ... Gist bravely addresses the reality many face when a desperation to be loved and desired combine.
Relz Reviews, Rel
10 out of 10

Courting Trouble is a wonderful slice of small town life in the late 1800s ... Gist breaths life into this setting and it become a vital part of the story ... Gist creates a heartwarming story with an unexpected ending that will warm the heart and tickle the soul. Courting Trouble is a great read that will bring inspiration to even the most picky reader.
Inspiration Romance Writer Reviews, Tracy
[Gist] created a dynamic, quirky, unique characterization in Essie ... This story gave me a powerful emotional experience ... It is the best of her three books.
Reviews International Organization, Michelle Sutton