“Fair Play” is written by Deeanne Gist and is somewhat of a sequel to “Into the Whirlwind“. It is published by Howard books and will be released on May 6, 2014.
Billy Jack Tate was named after her grandfathers on both sides. She’s not a rough-and-tough tomboy by any means; instead, she’s a city girl striving for her place in a society full of men. She has worked hard and graduated cum laude to become a doctor. Even though she has practiced for seven years in many important places, no one will come to her door. Thus, when offered a job at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, she agrees. Mostly, when she works there Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, it’s just bad cases of dehydration or fainting. On her days off, she works at her own practice, but no one ever stops by; ergo, she also is a speaker for women’s rights.
Hunter Scott is a Texas Ranger on duty as a watchman of the Women’s building of the World’s fair: where all the women and their inventions, jewels of international queens and Billy are. It’s one of the lowest jobs he can imagine. He wants to be promoted and tries to take on extra shifts, but soon a medical problem blocks him.
The two of them form an unconventional and unlikely friendship. But their feelings and relationship with each other is tested as they spend more and more time in the poorer parts of town, making friends with the children and playing with them, so as to try and keep them out of trouble.
I really enjoyed this book. Its unique setting drew me in, and the characters were irresistible. Even the secondary characters tugged on my heartstrings. The plot was fairly unpredictable. Overall, I enjoyed this book. While I read “Into the Whirlwind”, I found that this one made for a good stand alone. The only thing really tying the two books together is the same time period/setting and a little scene where the characters make small talk in passing. Personally, I liked this one better than the first.
Thank you to Net Galley and Howard books for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not affected in any way other than the book itself.