Fair Play

Fair Play

A Novel

Book - 2014 | First Howard Books trade paperback edition
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"From the bestselling author of It Happened at the Fair comes a historical love story about a lady doctor and a Texas Ranger who meet at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Saddled with a man's name, the captivating Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for taking on a man's profession. As a doctor at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, she is one step closer to having her very own medical practice--until Hunter Scott asks her to give it all up to become his wife. 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 think they belong anywhere but home... Despite their difference of opinion on the role of women, Hunter and Billy find a growing attraction between them--until Hunter discovers an abandoned baby in the corner of a White City exhibit. He and Billy team up to make sure this foundling isn't left in the slums of Chicago with only the flea-riddled, garbage-infested streets for a playground. As they fight for the underprivileged children in the Nineteenth Ward, an entire Playground Movement is birthed. But when the Fair comes to an end, one of them will have to give up their dream. Will Billy exchange her doctor's shingle for the domesticated role of a southern wife, or will Hunter abandon the wide open spaces of home for a life in the "gray city," a woman who insists on being the wage earner, and a group of ragamuffins who need more than a playground for breathing space?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Howard Books, 2014
Edition: First Howard Books trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781451692419
Branch Call Number: F GIST-D
Characteristics: x, 446 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Apr 29, 2015

4/29/2015: Pretty good book, but I didn't like it as much as her other Chicago World's Fair book: "It Happened at the Fair". "Fair Play" was a bit too graphic for me. I was surprised and a bit frustrated at the double standard the male character seemed to hold: all the other men had to hold women in the highest regard and with the greatest level of honor and respect. However. He could think and, to a certain extent, act however he wanted.
The book did lightly explore the roles of men and women in society, and I appreciated that thought provoking aspect.


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