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Deep in the Heart of Trouble

(Trouble #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  5,295 ratings  ·  343 reviews
Four years have made a big difference in Essie Spreckelmeyer's life. Then she was husband hunting. Now she's wearing bloomers and running her father's oil business. She wouldn't change anything---not even for a man. But when she and competitor oilman Tony Morgan butt heads over business matters, will their hearts reverberate with love? ...more
Hardcover, 396 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Bethany House Publishers
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Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty good and at the end of it picked up.
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Are you packing a pistol right now?"

That quote, right there, is one reason I really enjoyed Deep in the Heart of Trouble by the wonderful Deeanne Gist. Was this a girl asking a guy? Nope, this question was asked of our lead Essie. I won’t give you her answer, but it made me laugh. I get asked if I’m packing heat all the time!

Another reason I liked this book? I needed - not wanted - a sequel to Courting Trouble where we first met the Spreckelmeyer clan. In Courting Trouble we encounter 30 year o
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I must say, this novel and the one that has come before it have been the only two books by Deeanne Gist that I have been disappointed in. I had not realized that the first novel was even one of hers until I read this one. I did enjoy the second one a lot better than the first one, and the first one was not terrible, just not what I have come to expect from Ms. Gist.

The story line follows a matron who is out to save her own world, thank you very much, she does not need or want the help of any ma
Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
My second foray into the world of Christian historical fiction romance was as fun as the first. I read this book in a day and was thoroughly entertained.

Set in Texas during the oil boom, when bicycles are new and exciting and women who wear bloomers are still considered slightly scandalous, this book follows Essie Sprecklemeyer, the daughter of an wealthy oil baron who believes she is destined to become an old maid. In comes Tony Morgan, who has been disinherited after his competing oil baron fa
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
The city of my birth, Beaumont, TX. It was nice to read about the oil industry. I knew so many facets from the museums in Sour Lake & Beaumont. So, it was neat to read about it. This was a cute read, albeit a bit long and drawn out; the Texas way! It was nice to get this one off my TBR list. A pleasant read!
Mar 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read this over the course of 3 days. It was really sweet. This is a book I had been asking the Lord to bring to me for a long time. I obtained this through the author as a donation for a charity function I am involved in every year. It was raffled off as a door prize and I won!! I gave it to my mother in law as a Christmas present. My mother in law liked this very much and she gave it to me to read before she donates it to her church library. I didn’t really know what to expect from a “Christi ...more
In the first 100 pages of this story, we see the heroine, Essie Spreckelmeyer, win a national fashion contest, incite a riot,successfully run Texas's 2nd largest oil company, found and take charge of a ladies bicycle organization, teach classes on how to properly shoot guns and play soccer (not at the same time, thank heavens), She's saved the life of a young girl bit by a rattlesnake and cooked up an award winning dinner. She's Wonder Woman!!! In fact the only thing keeping her from total perfe ...more
Sara ♥
So I was getting to a point in the book where the plot was really wrapping up, and there was really only one (big) thing left to have happen... and there were still like 100 pages left, so I'm thinking, "Ummm... what on earth?" And then it was like, BAM! HOLY PLOT TWIST, BATMAN! I was NOT expecting that!

It was AWESOME! It was slow at work, so I was reading (in the back, fortunately—not up front with all the library patrons...) and all of a sudden I was like, "HOLY COW! This is AWESOME! I LOVE a
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have to say I skipped through quite a few chapters in this one. Not because it wasn't good, but because I couldn't help it!!
I loved Essie in this one, I loved her love for God.
This book is pretty good, but I was close to giving it three stars. I'm glad I change my mind tho!
After reading Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, I decided to try out a genre I had previously avoided at all cost: Christian romance. My book searching on Amazon led me to Deanne Gist, and Deep in the Heart of Trouble seemed like a promising first try.

I enjoyed the setting very much. As a petroleum engineering student, I liked reading about the oil industry in a historical, obviously well-reasearched, context. I also liked the protagonist, Tony Bryant Morgan (even if I might have a quibble abou
April Gardner
May 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Energetic spinster Essie Spreckelmeyer is back, but this time, she's got her head on straight. After making the hugest mistake of her life, she's not about to succumb to needing another man. She and the Lord are doing just fine on their own, thank you very much.

As his father's last will and testament is read Tony Morgan finds he's been abruptly and cruelly disinherited from his portion in the family lavish oil industry. As he sets out to find his own way in the oil business, he never expect to r
Jenni C
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: clean-romance
I am going to be harsh because this novel was written by one of my favorite authors and this book was a let-down!~ Okay....

-The characters: They did not click for me. I found their attributes strong and believable, but the chemistry was not. Agh.
-The plot...was good at first, but then all these twists and turns and another 150 pages to the end I was like.."What is going on?!" Another agh.
-Basically the book was hobbling along once those two cons were concrete and the final shot that killed it
Sherri Ferguson
This was a great sequel to "Courting Trouble". I highly encourage you to read that book first in order to truly get to know Essie Spreckelmeyer.

Essie is an outspoken, independent young lady who owns her own bicycle business and is content with being single. Along comes Tony Morgan, newly hired at Spreckelmeyer's oil company, who wants to regain his name and his fortune. He is not interested in the blond and bossy Essie....yet.

There will be a lot of twists and turns along the way for these two, b
Jeni Enjaian
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I almost decided to donate this book. I had finished most of the book, merely 50-60 pages remained. I admit to frustration at the all too predictable narrative and the baffling change in Essie's character. Essie in this book changed considerably from the first book almost to the point beyond the suspension of disbelief. However, when I picked the book back up this evening to finish, I slowed down and rather enjoyed the remainder of the bood despite its predictability. Classic literature this is ...more
Sep 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Starting this one, I didn't realize it was a sequel to Courting Trouble. I appreciated this book a TON more. I think it rates up there with the Bride Most Begrudging one and the Bride in the Bargain. I think the appeal of these books for me was the actual history that so much of it was based on and around. It was truly interesting to find out all these things about a time I know so little about.

Anyway in the end - fun books. Good author. Not all were my favorite, but again - they only took me a
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you are in need of a "fluff" book this one will do nicely. Essie Spreckelmeyer is a headstrong, very individualistic woman who is on the forefront of new things....the bicycle. Enter Tony Morgan, disinherited by his father, and trying to disguise his identity. The two are at odds from the start. As the tale develops you know they will get together, but the twists and turns in the book expose lots of mysteries and include the sometimes comical Velocipede Club of the town. All in all a relaxing ...more
Haley S
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I liked this book MUCH better than Courting Trouble. I really liked Tony. The whole story was super cool. I hated the deputy and I was glad that....something happened to him.
I loved every single person in the Bicycle Club!! They were awesome!! Especially Mrs. Lockhart!! She is just amazing!!
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light, easy reading, enjoyable.
AlegnaB †
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked this a lot. I thought it was better than the previous book about Essie.
Linda Rogers
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book to read this summer. It was interesting to see the personalities of Essie and Tony develop as they met, fell in love and married through many twist and turns of their lives. Essie was a woman who was able to see what the role of a woman would be in the future. She was able to encourage other women to also see what might be possible for them. When we first meet her, she has already formed her bicycle club for women, she slides down banisters, she wears bloomers, she like to fi ...more
wanda kay
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked this book a lot better than most of the romances I read. Almost all the others are predictable from start finish and it doesn't leave much room for gasp inducing plot twists, but this one had murder, lies, and secrets!
I do have to admit that the fact that she was six years older than him bothered me so much. I'm not at all saying a girl cannot be older than a guy in a relationship, but six years? In all honesty it grossed me out a little. All I could imagine after learning she was so muc
Suzanne Sal
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Essie is spunky, a natural leader, but a little blind in the business sense, though she runs a large company with her father, Judge Sprekelmeyer. Called a "spinster" at 34 years old, she has no idea how attractive and interesting she is. As she longs for a good friend to share time with, some one to get advice from or confide in, she never suspects that that good friend will turn out to be a man, certainly never expecting one of her employees to be that special friend.

Tony has had his share of f
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars- I got hooked on the first book after the shock about midway. I hated every main character in that book though. I wanted to see what happened to Essie so I went to the library and got the sequel before I finished it.

I finally came around to Essie right at the end of the first book and I did like her character more in this book. I liked Tony from the get-go. I still think the bicycle obsession is stupid and distracting from the story. I know it is a main part of the story but it really
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book and its prequel! Essie is such fun, and I love that she finally finds what she is looking for :-) My favorite parts about both "Trouble" books is that the author stays away from the typical formula of characters keep secrets which build and build until the end when there is inevitably a blow up and break off of the relationship which in pretty much the last chapter gets tidily resolved. The kind of plot that makes you want to just smack the main character and yell "just tell them ...more
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I cannot get over how much I love the spunky, unique, independent Essie Spreckelmeyer. She is the kind of character that, as I was reading, I wish I could befriend. I loved the way this book picked up from the first one. It wasn't an immediate pickup, but it didn't feel as if there was a gap in the timeline either. The "missing" time was covered and explained perfectly. I equally loved Tony and how he fit into Essie's story. They are both such relate-able human characters. Flawed in ways that ma ...more
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun books

This series of books by Deanne Gist are simply delightful. I don’t use that word very often, but it’s really the best word to describe them. Not only are the characters engaging and fun, but there is a lot of history here about bikes, the oil industry (wish there had been more about this), and how certain women were willing and able to push their boundaries at a time when men literally ruled the world. I love reading novels that have been researched and include information about true ev
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I gave the first book, Courting Trouble, in this series 1 star because it left me depressed for three days after finishing it. I had read one other book hers, Maid to Match, which was wonderful.

I had forgotten that I had this book on hold. Since it downloaded automatically, I read it and it was great.

If this book could be combined with the first then I would give the whole thing 4 stars.

We see a nice twist where the women come thru in the story to help save the "hero".
Sabrina Basham
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I read the first book and was captivated. It takes a lot for me to be really interested in a book because I read so much. The first book didn’t end at all how I thought it would. I just HAD to read the next one. I didn’t waste any time jumping into this one. All I can say is, this book wrapped up everything while providing great insights to history, all while keeping in line and keeping the spirit of the main character. Well done.
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Read the first book and couldn't stop until I read the next! I was not disappointed. The female lead is as strong as ever but has surrendered to her life of singleness. Until a stranger shows up in town causing Essie to become guarded and pessimistic in light of her past experience with a different man, a drifter. Romance, love, death, murder, and more this book has it all. The story is set in the late 1800s and reflects the period's beliefs toward women.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I've heard wonderful things about Deanne Gist's Christian romances, but this did NOT live up. All the men except the heroine's father were cartoonish misogynists, with the hero being distinguished by being a handsome misogynist instead an old ugly one. Only made it 1.25 of 12 discs in the audiobook. Very disappointed. ...more
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“Sunlight poured through the jailhouse window. A breeze that carried a hint of lilac on it rustled the papers on Tony’s table. Rubbing his forehead, he tried to concentrate on his work, but his grandmother’s ring—Essie’s ring—kept distracting him. He’d found it in the corner of his cell and had set it on his desk. Picking it up for the hundredth time, he discovered he enjoyed touching it simply because she’d touched it, too. Melvin’s words kept ringing in his head, but he had a hard time accepting them. Because if what Melvin said was true, then Tony had nothing and God had everything. And there were some things Tony wanted. He wanted to be proven innocent and freed from jail. He wanted his inheritance. He wanted his father to be proud of him. He wanted his wife to be pure. No, he wanted Essie to be pure. But he would never have his father’s approval and he would never be Essie’s first. He might never win his freedom and, thus, never be able to enjoy his inheritance. So he was back where he started. With him having nothing and God having everything. Don’t you have enough already, Lord? Do you have to have what belongs to me, too? But deep down he knew no matter what he did or didn’t do, he had no control over any of it. But God did. And the only viable solution was to give it up to Him. And why not? How much worse could it get? He swallowed, immediately realizing it could get a whole lot worse. He could lose Essie for good. Lose his life for good. But even if he didn’t get her back, or if he hanged for the murder of his brother, he would at least have the comfort of knowing he’d left the decision-making up to God and not to himself. Blowing out a breath, he silently relinquished his control and laid it at Christ’s feet. And in doing so, realized he might not ever have made his earthly father proud, but perhaps he had his heavenly Father.” 0 likes
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