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The Big Inch

(Misfits and Millionaires #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Lane Mercer, sent to Longview, Texas in July, 1942 is part of a select group of women working undercover for the fledging federal agency, the Office of Strategic Services. Assigned to protect the man carrying out President Roosevelt’s initiative to build the nation’s first overland pipeline to hurry East Texas crude to the troops, she discovers there’s more to Longview tha ...more
Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published January 22nd 2017
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Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Big Inch by Kimberly Fish is a 2017 publication.

Fascinating world war two intrigue- Texas style!

Lane Mercer’s new assignment sends her to Longview, Texas. Her mission is the keep an eye on the man in charge of the crucial pipeline that will send fuel to the troops, a necessity due to the probable German interception.

As Lane arrives in Texas, she is a still a bit rattled by the failure of her previous mission and is suffering from what we would now recognize as PTSD. As Lane settles into t
Sydney Young
Very enjoyable WWII book about a young woman US agent who, in order to regain her sea legs so to speak, is sent home to Longview Texas to keep an eye on the man responsible for helping the US fuel itself for the war effort. Well written and entertaining, watch for a review coming in March on my blog, in connection with the Lonestar Lit Review, Texas Book Blogger Tour. I'll be on look out for the next one, and appreciate this chance to review this book, though I have to confess that I bought it a ...more
H. Ringer
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Big Inch packs a wallop of brilliant lines and inspiring women.

“You think you’re the only one who knows failure? For every three steps we take forward, two are covered in shit. If you can’t handle the unpredictable nature of this work, maybe you don’t need to be in Theo’s agency after all.” – Tesco to Lane

Kimberly Fish broaches upon so many wonderful emotions and topics throughout this book, all while giving us an intricate puzzle of mysteries Lane must enfold. Lane is driven by her guilt, f
Jennie Rosenblum
This historical fiction kept me reading at every opportunity. Lane Mercer walked off the pages and into my heart. Set during one of my favorite historical periods in my adopted state of Texas, I was enthralled with Longview and Lane’s mission. The story allows you to peek into the lives of spies at a time when technology was only a dream in the future. Lane’s ability to keep all the details and observations in her brain is astounding. With a potential bad guy (sometimes even the weather is again ...more
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: local-authors
I LOVED this book. What a treat to read about Longview and so many familiar places. I enjoyed all the characters and the encounters Lane had with them.
Kimberly pulled me in with her story line and great descriptions of the characters, the town etc.

Highly recommend

I can't wait to read more in this series. I hope there are some Dr. Pepper trucks in the next book.
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Once I read the description of where the book was set, I knew I had to read it! I lived in Longview for a few years growing up and still have family and friends in this town. Even though this book is historical and doesn't represent what the town looks like now, I was curious as to how much would be accurate. To my surprise, it seems like quite a bit. I really enjoyed reading the book and reading the street names that I have traveled frequently like Fredonia and Methvin. It was like taking a tri ...more
Lorilei Gonzales
From the get-go, Fish reels you in with vivid descriptions. I can feel Lane’s trepidation on this journey, although I haven’t gotten to know her enough yet. I am at the train station, too, overwhelmed by the chaos of activity and people. And as intrigued as I am by Lane’s snippets of life in Paris, I am even more in awe of her situational awareness. I instantly become a fan when she outwits a pickpocket and, cool as a cucumber, is swept away by train to her new life.

I apologize if my gushing mak
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Big Inch was a pipeline meant to carry East Texas crude to the east coast to fuel the WWII war machine. Behind the logistics of pulling it all together is one Lane Mercer. She is the “secretary” for the oilman behind the project and a key component to getting the project going and finished.

What Lane finds in East Texas is a lot more than phone calls, dictations, and typewriters.

The Big Inch is a story about finding grace, forgiveness, and healing–especially from and for one’s self. Lane is f
Larkin (Wonderfilled Reads)
I picked up this book and ended up loving it more than I thought I would. It’s got a little bit of everything - intrigue, sizzling forbidden romance, mystery, etc. And Lane is the perfect heroine for strong and independent women.
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A young woman lands an assignment in East Texas during the oil boom as secretary to the man in charge of the Big Inch pipeline. Along the way, she meets some unsavory characters with their own personal agendas and scores to settle, but there are some good guys in the business too and one of them has Lane struggling to keep her heart intact.
Lynn Poppe
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Big Inch is a dive into Texas Oil history during World War II. The main character is an under-cover former spy, pretending to be a secretary. Lane is a great character, who, along with a bevy of other stand-out characters, make for a compelling novel.

Let’s start at the end for my review. I loved the end of The Big Inch! I’ll admit that the beginning of the novel was a bit slow for me. But once the action picks up, I really began to enjoy it. The last couple of hours really caught my attentio
Kelly Well Read
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review is for the audio book format of this Texas charmer! The Big Inch was my first experience using Audible. I normally go “old school” and listen to books on CD on my daily commute, but it’s getting harder to find what I want that way. Audible has a huge selection, and I'm glad I had an opportunity to experience a new format for the audio book tour for this historical fiction novel written by Kimberly Fish and narrated by Sydney Young.

One of the things I learned right away is that the spee
Kristine Hall
AUDIO BOOK REVIEW. 4.5 Stars. I rarely re-read books. True, it’s mostly a matter of time constraints and finding the time to read a book even once, but it’s also a matter of been there, done that. No matter how much I enjoy a story, I mostly don’t feel the need to re-visit it. Plus, there’s always a stack of new temptations waiting for me in my ever-toppling to-be-read pile. But then, THE BIG INCH was released as an audio book. Since I’d reviewed the print format of The Big Inch (a fan-girling, ...more
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: texas-setting
Kimberly Fish certainly knows how to spin a great tale!  Her mastery of the craft of storytelling is embedded in The Big Inch from cover to cover.  Set in the early days of World War II, the stakes are high as the U.S. scrambles to build an above-ground crude oil pipeline from Longview, Texas, to the east coast, where it will be loaded onto tankers bound for our fighting men in Europe.  Similar to the way they built the railroad in the nineteenth century, one team is responsible for getting the ...more
Max Knight
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Kimberly Fish has written an engaging novel set in Longview, Texas in 1942. The Allied offensive in Europe, dependent on the supply of fuel for its tanks, trucks, and planes, is threatened by German U-boat attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Mexico. In response, the largest pipeline construction project in the history of the United States is launched.

Longview is at the center of the joint government-private industry undertaking that becomes known as “The Big Inch.” Conceived to overcome
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Tesco reached forward toward the marigolds. ‘You goose, of course. There are always cards. That’s what you get to paste into your journal.’”

There is always a first for everything in your life. The Big Inch audiobook was my first.

Author Kimberly Fish weaves an authentic historical story around a variety of characters in Longview, Texas during WWII. Within this novel are authentic touches that included mentions of Citizen Kane to the use of a hearse being used as an ambulance.

The story revolves a
Tangled in Text
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do enjoy a well-researched book and as much as I love following a strong female lead, it was great seeing the reality of the era. The main protagonist, Lane seemed to persevere past the stigmas of being deferred to domestic work. That assumption actually complemented her undercover work quite well.

The story was filled with open possibilities so it was nice to not know exactly what was going to happen and the romance was adorably sweet. There was a great build and connection to the characters t
Patricia Barndt
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Love, spies and a pipe line

Almost didn't finish this one. I felt the first few chapters were a little confusing, maybe give the main character more of a background. Did enjoy the ending.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great look into history

Historical fiction and romance all rolled into one very well written story, recommend for history and romance lovers, an interesting read
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly slow read. Not sure even how much of the story was even historical.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not my cup of tea, but I am only one reader of many.
Elsa Wolf
Texas 1942; a woman undercover on a pipeline project during war times. Sadly, I didn’t feel drawn into this one and couldn’t read to the end.
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Kimberly writes award-winning novels about women discovering their grit. With accolades ranging from Best Texas Book, Best Romance, and Best Historical Romance, her novels set in the Texas Hill Country transport readers to a place where dreams can grow along with the lavender. Her WWII historical fiction details exploits and spy dramas on the American home front and reveal just what women can acco ...more

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