by Deeanne Gist
About the book: Whether it's riding bikes, catching snakes, or sliding down bannisters, Essie Spreckelmeyer just can't quite make herself into the ideal woman her hometown - and her mother - espect her to be. It's going to take an extraordinary man to appreciate her joy and spontaneity - or so says her doting oilman father.
Sadly 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" will be a bit more of a problem.
From me: This book was even better than the previous one I reviewed! The story takes a turn about a quarter of the way through and you're off on a story you didn't even expect. Deeanne took a fairly brushed over subject, in most christian novels, and did a great job of writing about it. I actually identified with this story quite alot and I enjoyed reading an author that wasn't afraid to write something a little out of the ordinary. The ending was a nice surprise as well.
Essie's story continues in Deep in the Heart of Trouble (which I haven't read yet), so if you pick up the beginning of her story, you'll want to grab the end of it too!
Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation for this review. All opinions are my own.