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CBA best-selling author Deeanne Gist, Christy Award winner for The Measure of a Lady, skillfully blends humor and romance in authentic historical settings. Courting Trouble, set in 1894, features a feisty, fun-loving heroine who tires of waiting for a match made in heaven and decides to settle for one made in Texas. So, on her 30th birthday, Essie launches her own secret mission to find a husband.
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"Essie's journey is touching, funny, and refreshingly atypical ..." ( Library Journal)

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  • Jodi
  • 10-02-2009

Refreshingly proper!

This book was wonderful. This christian ethical romance was so so refreshing, I will download other books by the same author. I could not stop listening. I even listened in the shortest of trips!

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  • Kim Monk
  • 08-03-2009

Courting Trouble

I wasn't very impressed with this book. The author would get the reader involved with a character and then toss them aside for a new one. In the end it leaves the reader disappointed. This could have been a very good story but in the end I felt disappointment.

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  • Marsha
  • 16-02-2012

Inspiring! Funny!

I just loved this book. The narrator, Danielle Ferland, was absolutely perfect. To enjoy this book; you have to let go of judgment of the times; and just appreciate the wonderful Essie, the heroine, and her path to her own liberation. And, liberation does come in the end; as she learns to trust in her inner knowing (call it what you will). Though it is written in the spirit of Christianity, you can use your own spiritual path to rejoice in Essie's finding and trusting her inner voice. The ending is awesome!

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  • Cathy
  • 04-04-2012

Terrific listen~

What did you love best about Courting Trouble?

the book was just cute, loved the little orphan boy! make me laugh I could just picture him, he was so precious

What was one of the most memorable moments of Courting Trouble?

closeness she drew with God, even though she did things she should not have, she got forgiveness and was a better person for it, heartwarming!

Have you listened to any of Danielle Ferland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no but I will now, really enjoyed her reading!

If you could rename Courting Trouble, what would you call it?

my life~ i could see myself in her all the way through

Any additional comments?

looking forward to her next book, can wait to get started!

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  • Public persona
  • 16-01-2011

not typical

Not your typical love story where everything always works out with the happy couple in the end but well written and interesting anyways. I cringed as I listened, knowing what was coming. unfortunately most girls have to live and learn the hard way.

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  • Susan
  • 26-03-2009

A surprising and wonderful ending

The novel Courting Trouble is one of the best books I've read lately. It had a real life feel to it and yet maintained higher standards for those in the story who claimed to be Christians. I liked the way the relationship with the parents worked out. I just cannot recommend this novel more. Excellent!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-2019

WOW

Uplifting, with so many unexpected twists especially for this type of book. Get your Kleenex ready and enjoy.

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  • Peggy Freeman
  • 24-04-2019

Must Read with Deep in the Heart of Trouble

I usually give low star reviews for books that seem incomplete. However, Courting Trouble isn’t actually incomplete. It is only incomplete as a ROMANCE novel. If it’s read as Christian Women Fiction, it’s satisfying. When read with Deep in the Heart of Trouble, (which is actually the other half of the book and should have been published as one) the two become an excellent Historical Christian Romance and maybe more like a mainstream novel.

The two books make an excellent guide to young woman of 2020. It helps the Christian women to see regret before it arrive. Some character’s reaction to sin made me angry, but judge is true today. If you can only read one, read Deep in the Heart of Trouble. However, it won’t be the same without Courting Trouble background. I would prefer the two as one and I wish Deeanne Gist would add another in the series. Essie’s search for Mr. Wonderful (No spoiler) is worth the journey of both books.

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  • PJ Reader
  • 28-01-2018

Courting Trouble is Courting Disaster!

I cannot recommend this book. The story line is garbled, introduces characters that do not add to the story line and is a disappointing inspirational book. The book is not edifying. Spoiler: The main character chases a widower and, after failing to catch him, she is intimate with a drifter. Then a third man is introduced into the already messy novel.

There are many books much better than this one.

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  • Olivia
  • 03-03-2017

This is not that great of a story.

I just don't like the story. It's sad how the cowboy lures Essie, and then leaves town as soon as he got what he wanted! The ending feels weird,too!
I always enjoy Deanne Gist's books, but I didn't like this story. Maybe, I'm too used to the couple falling in love and getting married. So, if that's what you're interested in, I wouldn't recommend this book.

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