FAIR PLAY charms the heart and warms the soul. Deeanne Gist is an absolute treasure!
Teresa Medeiros, NYT Bestselling Author
What I really enjoy about Gist’s work is that there is angst and realism, but she never loses the buoyancy that runs throughout her stories.
Heroes & Heartbreakers, Wendy Crutcher
Gist delivers a lovely story brimming with touching emotions and carrying a message about love, commitment and our duty to care for children that will resonate with readers.
RT Book Reviews, 4-stars

Fair Play


Saddled with a man’s name, the captivating Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for pursuing a man’s profession. As a lady doctor at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, she is one step closer to having her very own medical practice—until she doctors an imposing man who threatens the fulfillment of her dream.

Hunter is one of the elite. A Texas Ranger and World’s Fair guard specifically chosen for his height, physique, character, and skill. Hailed as the toughest man west of any place east, he has no patience for big cities and women who aspire to walk in a man’s shoes.

But the abandoned baby Hunter discovers at the Fair finds him teaming up with the good doctor to give the foundling a better future than the slums of Chicago, where the children play on flea-infested, garbage-strewn streets. As Billy and Hunter fight for the foundling’s welfare, their hearts warm to the precious child—and to each other.

Soon their concern grows to encompass the Nineteenth Ward’s burgeoning population of street children. In the interest of fair play, Billy and Hunter let nothing stand in their way as they labor to build a park for them, birthing Chicago’s first playground and a national movement that will sweep the nation.

Will Hunter and Billy become a footnote in the Fair's history books,

or will what they discovered in Chicago be longer lasting than the World's Exhibition?


Will Hunter and Billy become a footnote in the Fair's history books,

or will what they discovered in Chicago be longer lasting than the World's Exhibition?


Awards & Nominations


This book is definitely a must read for lovers of historical fiction. It tugs at heart-strings with weightier matters but will also cause you to laugh out loud.
Pick Well
[Gist’s] books are the complete package: a great storyline, a hero and heroine that are deep and full of conviction, details that make you think you’re there, and of course, a happily ever after that is swoon-worthy.
Diane Estrella
Deeanne Gist has most definitely gained my respect as a writer. I can’t wait to see what she writes next!
Literary Maidens
This is a great story that takes a closer look at the World’s Fair, including many historical moments and characters woven into an engaging plot.
Labor Not in Vain
This makes the second book that I have read by Deeanne Gist, and let me just say that they are both five star reviews!
Charming Chelsey's, 5 Stars
This one had me running the gamut of emotions from laughter to tears. Deeanne is a truly remarkable storyteller!!
Teresa Mathews, OWG
[Fair Play] is a great read for historical fans ... Very entertaining!
The Novel Gnome
Deeanne [Gist] brings the 1893 Chicago’s World Fair to life. This story and their characters took hold of my heart.
— Cathy Genna, Barnes & Noble Bookseller of the Year (RWA)
Gist seamlessly incorporates fascinating historical details about the 1893 World’s Fair and Chicago ... Fans of ... historical fiction will be delighted with this entertaining addition to Christy Award–winning Gist’s World’s Fair trilogy.
— Booklist, John Charles
Grab a soda, plop down and enjoy the story!
Seeking with all Your Heart, 5 Stargs
Deeanne Gist’s books … stand out from the pack … It’s easy to see why Gist is at the top of the … genre.
Black ' Gold Girl's Book Spot, 4 Stars
Fair Play had me both entertained and spellbound!
Noela Nancarrow, 5 Stars
[I] laughed so hard at their first scene together I cried my mascara off.
Deanna Raybourn, NYT Bestselling Author
This is a truly remarkable author that can provide so heart wrenching a story with so much history and keep the reader engrossed, page after page.
Fresh Fiction, Kay Quintin
Fair Play was a phenomenal story that infused a wonderful romance and fascinating historical elements ... It was an amazing read and one that’ll definitely be sticking with me for quite some time.
Herding Cats & Burning Soup
My recommendation is to pick this one up...it’s a winner!!
Val's Vicinity, 5 Stars
I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars and can’t wait for more from Deeanne Gist.
Reviews from the Heart, 5 Stars
I have thoroughly enjoyed every book I have ever read by Deeanne Gist ... I felt like I was experiencing the [Chicago World’s] fair myself.
When Life Gets You Down, Read A Book
There is a lot to love about this novel.
All About Romance, Maggie Boyd