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The Measure of a Lady: A Novel
     

The Measure of a Lady: A Novel

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by Deeanne Gist
 

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Rachel van Buren arrives in Gold Rush San Francisco with two wishes: to protect her younger siblings and to return east as soon as possible. Both goals prove more difficult than she could imagine as her brother and sister are lured by the city's dangerous freedom and a missionary-turned-gambler stakes a claim on her heart. Rachel won't give up without a fight

Overview

Rachel van Buren arrives in Gold Rush San Francisco with two wishes: to protect her younger siblings and to return east as soon as possible. Both goals prove more difficult than she could imagine as her brother and sister are lured by the city's dangerous freedom and a missionary-turned-gambler stakes a claim on her heart. Rachel won't give up without a fight though, and soon all will learn an eloquent but humorous lesson about what truly makes a lady.

Speak Politely. Even when you're the only respectable woman around, protesting the decadence of a city lost to gold fever.

Dress Modestly. Wear your sunbonnet at all times. Ensure nobody sees your work boots muddied by the San Francisco streets.

Remain Devoted to Family. Protect your siblings from the lures of the city, even against their wishes.

Stand Above Reproach. Most difficult when a wonderful man turns out to be a saloon owner.

Rise Above Temptation. No, not even just a little kiss....

When these rules become increasingly difficult to uphold, can Rachel Van Buren remain a beacon of virtue in a city of vice?

Editorial Reviews

For many 19th-century Americans, Gold Rush California possessed an irresistible lure. But Rachel van Buren arrives in San Francisco with no dreams of sudden riches or Barbary Coast pleasures. Already homesick, she yearns for her eastern roots and she worries that her siblings will succumb to the wild ways of this frontier city. A faith-based novel by the author of A Bride Most Begrudging.
Harriet Klausner
"A fascinating historical romance...a vivid look at San Francisco just prior to the gold rush...a fine mid-nineteenth century romance that sub-genre fans will enjoy."
ReviewCentre.com
Romance Designs.com
"Once again, Ms. Gist does her homework offering a wealth of early San Francisco historical tidbits in an engaging and lively story..."
Once Upon a Romance.net
"Ms. Gist has written a very powerful novel in The Measure of a Lady. It sizzles and impacts the reader with its thought provoking content. Any author that can create so many different opinions and emotions in a reader in one book is a very gifted one indeed."
Amanda Rutherford
"If you're looking for a book full of romance without descriptions of everything "between the sheets", then this one is definitely a winner.... It was refreshing to read a romance filled with real world problems. The story may take place 150 years ago, however, the same issues still arise today, just in different forms. Watching Rachel learn to view the world in a whole new light without giving up her fundamental beliefs is heart-warming and, at times, inspiring. I also like knowing that this is a book I wouldn't be afraid to let my daughter read as she reaches her teenage years. Who says you can't have a great romance without all the descriptive bedroom scenes?"
RomanceReaderAtHeart.com
Jezreel Cohen
"If you, or any of your family members enjoyed A Bride Most Begrudging, you're sure to enjoy this one as well!... 4.5 out of 5!"
FaithWriters.net
Violet Nesdoly
"For the lover of historical Americana delivered with a dose of sweet romance, The Measure of a Lady is a lively choice that won’t disappoint."
Sherrie Myers
"With her humorous but endearing stories, Deeanne Gist has become one of my very favorite authors. While The Measure of a Lady is inspirational historical fiction, don’t for a minute think it’s a ‘sunshine-and-flowers’ kind of story. I for one am quite excited to see this gifted new author achieve such highly acclaimed success so soon, and I hope to continue seeing her books on bookstore shelves for many years to come."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764200731
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
328,242
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.37(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Deeanne Gist—known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee—has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very original, very fun historical & contemporary romances. Add to this four RITA nominations, two Christy Awards, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you've got one recipe for success. She has a very active online community on her website at IWantHerBook.com and at Facebook.com/Deesfriends.

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Measure of a Lady 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Henri69 More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I was hooked on it within the first few chapters. It is a wholesome and pleasant read.
cherryblossommj More than 1 year ago
In an attempt to review this book, I am a little bit at a loss for words. For those of you who know the other books that I read, recommend and love, I can tell you that the humor is something similar to that found in novels of my beloved favorite author Mary Connealy. The drama is amazing and the characters rip out your heart.



Easily, this novel is powerful, funny, and full of thought-provoking plot. Throughout the entire story, I felt like I was right there along with our protagonist. In so many of the situations, while she worked to finding a solution to a current dilemma, I would have just sat down and cried. Through these three hundred pages, author Deeanne Gist has really woven together a story that makes you think about what you do in your own walk with Christ and realize the bits and pieces that might need a little more tweaking and a bit more Bible Devotion.



There are people who will not appreciate this book because it may make them uncomfortable. But it does it in a way that is really attempting to show what is the purpose behind our God breathed lives and I praise this book fully for what it is capable as accomplishing as a tool for good.



I highly recommend this book to young women and older women alike. Especially those entering the romantic scene. For younger girls however, I would not say to avoid the book, but to read it and be able to discuss it with a mother, sister, or older friend.



The writing is incredible and will leaving you thirsting for more. At one point I had to put down the book while I was highly frustrated with a few particular characters and then I found myself irritated with my husband because of misplaced anger. A book that can lead on into my own life is obviously powerful enough to make me think.*grin*
VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 Stars!  I really enjoyed this book.  There were times I laughed out loud at the banter between Johnnie and Rachel.  There is heartbreak among the trials and tribulations of living in San Fransisco in the mid 1800's but also dreams realized.  The character development is fantastic and I felt as if I knew them.  It is easy to imagine that these characters truly existed in this time and place in history.  An especially great read for anyone that loves historical fiction.
nsrn More than 1 year ago
I have read five of this author's books and I am very pleased with her style: Lots of humor, lots of realistic romance (yes, we Christian woman who love God do actually have the same feelings and yearnings) and lots of accurate history. As far as I am concerned, that is a win...win...win.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
I'm completely envious of the author's liberties in writing fiction. I loved her first book A Bride Most Begrudging , but in some ways I think I like this book even more. Not necessarily because it's more interesting. I think Bride takes first place in that regard. However, to me The Measure of a Lady stands out because of the underlying message. While Lady had some less than stellar moments, overall I found it quite enthralling. I enjoyed the subtle undertones (and sometimes not-so-subtle) of self-righteous thinking, and how the author made the scenarios quite exceptional and thought-provoking. The author beautifully illustrated how fallout can occur when appearances take precedence over people and relationships. I enjoyed how the author laid out the issues and debated them within the context of the gold rush in 19th-century San Francisco. I also enjoyed Rachel's moral dilemmas. To serve or not to serve...and just how should a Christian serve? How does a lady determine when to avoid any appearance of evil, and when to not even eat with sinners--and then on the flip side...When to reach out to the fallen in love and genuine concern with the hopes of blessing any of those who will listen. And what about forgiveness? For me this story was much more than a romance (though I do adore how Gist shows the honest thoughts of virile men--something often sorely lacking in most Christian fiction.) Oh, and to my relief the heroine had a desperate attraction/strong feelings for the hero. Thank you Deeanne for showing that women have feelings and drives as well--that it's not just a masculine trait. That poor heroine Rachel had read that women generally didn't have sexual feelings for men and if they did there was something wrong with them. How sad, yet pervasive was that teaching in the 1800s. Oh, and the scene at the beach! What a sizzler. I loved Rachel's epiphany and I thought the ending was beautiful. I really enjoyed the story and highly recommend it for readers who want a story with an inspirational message but that isn't so sterile that it seems unrealistically pure. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Those who love A Bride Most Begrudging will be delighted to discover that Deeanne Gist has done it again with The Measure of a Lady. San Francisco in 1848 is no place for a decent woman. Even if one manages to contend with the ankle-deep mud, the daily ruckus of gunfights, and noisy saloons, there's no place to sleep unless you quarter with the men lured west by the stories of gold. Should a lady find herself in this indecent shantytown, her best option for survival is to either marry one of the miners or become a woman of ill repute. Going home isn't an option. As soon as the ships pull into port, the sailors abandon their duty and join the city's riotous ways. It is into just such a city that twenty-five-year-old Rachel Van Buren disembarks with her two younger siblings in tow. She has no intentions of remaining one second longer than necessary, but while they wait for a ship, she isn't going to allow her charges to become corrupted. Neither is she going to wed, and if she has any say about it, she single-handedly is going to oversee that all of San Francisco improves their morality. But San Francisco isn't without its own allure. Her younger sister is tempted by the flirtations of the men, her brother is attracted making money, and the virtuous Rachel Van Buren is having a hard time remaining upright when around saloon owner Johnnie Parker¿a man not about to let morality get in his way of becoming a millionaire and wooing the woman he loves. As Rachel clings to the high standards of a lady, everything spins out of control, forcing her to decide what is really of value and what isn't. Deeanne Gist's novels are the perfect medium for crossing over from the Christian market into the general market. Readers who appreciate romance will find themselves delighted with writing that is filled with delightful characters and vivid imagery. ¿Recommended.
ethel96 9 months ago
the book was very good, in the beginning I got frustrated with Rachel's attitude.
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
The Measure of a Lady is one of Deeanne Gist’s historical stand-alone novels, and is such a fantastic and sweet story! I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting when I picked this book up, although I did assume it would be wonderful since I’m a pretty big fan of Deeanne’s, but I just didn’t think the storyline would evolve the way that it did! I’m definitely not saying that is a bad thing by any means, it just took me by surprise. While I might not have thought the story would turn out that way, I’m most certainly glad it did because I can’t think of a single thing that would have made it better! Deeanne did an amazing job of weaving this plot together, and I’m so glad I had the time to read it last week! Rachel Van Buren is such a sweet, innocent character, whom I love dearly though she has some of the most warped views of purity and morality! It is completely adorable, I promise you, although I feel so much compassion for her because of all the pain she causes herself! She has somehow adopted the idea that she, as one of the only good Christian women in all of San Francisco, is to be the model of virtue for the entire town, and that is too big of a weight for anyone’s shoulders. Everyone makes mistakes, and she is no exception, and beyond that her ideas of what morality is are a little skewed. Despite all of that though, I really loved her throughout the whole course of this book, and I really enjoyed seeing her come to grips with what true morality and good Christ-like love actually look like. On top of everything I’ve already mentioned, I also just really enjoyed just getting to live in this story. There were so many twists and turns I’d never expected, some good, some bad, and I loved getting to see how both Rachel and Johnnie (you’ll meet him later) learned all about love and Christianity and what’s really right and wrong. Deeanne did a wonderful job of pulling all of that together without making this book seem preachy or like a sermon in any way, and that fact has helped to make this one of my favorites of her novels. All in all, I really loved this book, and I’m now an even bigger fan of Deeanne’s than I was before. I can’t imagine not giving this book all five bookshelves, and I’m so glad I picked it up the last time I was at the library. This sweet story captivated me from beginning to end, and I highly recommend it as a fantastic beach read (I read it on the beach this past week so that’s why I’m mentioning that). Deeanne is a wonderful author and if you haven’t yet read any of her novels, I strongly suggest that you do! If you like historical novels, I recommend Love on the Line or Maid to Match, but if you’re more the contemporary type, Beguiled is the novel for you!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book!!! I loved this book it was funny, historical, and many things that keep me very entertain. It is a must read book!!! :)
Zelma More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story. All about Love, forgiveness, and learning not to judge a book by it's cover.  Rachel along with her Sister Lissa and Brother Michael. Come to San Fran for the gold rush but on the way their father passed away. So they are left in a place where women are scarce and what women there were worked as prostitutes. Rachel always wanting to do the right thing and in the process pushes away her family. In come in a Saloon owner and a Naturalist who caught Rachel's attention. Who does she love back? What happens to her family because of decisions that were made on both sides. And how will Rachel grow in this battle where women are loose and men gamble and drink away all their hard earnings. This is a truly inspiring book to love and forgive those around us. We may not agree with their life choices but to treat them no worse than you would treat royalty.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book a few years ago and it became one of my favorites. A few days ago I decided to read it again and it was so enjoyable! I have decided it is my all-time favorite book and for an avid reader...that's a huge compliment! It is such a great story that is filled with passion, love, dedication, and forgiveness. I was touched by the transformation in Rachel and Johnnie's faith. Not only that, but the humor woven in this story was a joy. This is a must read! Deeanne Gist is such a gifted author!
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akcharity More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I didn't think I would get into this book. The place, setting, and time period were very different from my normal reads. However, I completely fell in love with the book! I loved the love story and how the author developed each character, I truly felt as if i were there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book about five times and it new gets boring. Great author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of her books are great! American historical ficton in different time periods. Cant go wrong with Dee!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book i read by this author and i really enjoyed it, so worth the money!
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Great story with a lesson to learn.
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