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The Measure of a Lady: A Novel (Brides) [Paperback]

By Deeanne Gist (Author)
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Rachel van Buren arrives in Gold Rush San Francisco with the intention of protecting her younger siblings and returning east as soon as possible, but she soon realizes that her goals are more difficult than she could imagine as her brother and sister are lured by the city's dangerous freedom.

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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 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?

Awards and Recognitions
The Measure of a Lady: A Novel (Brides) by Deeanne Gist has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Rita Awards - 2007 Finalist - Inspirational category

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Measure of a Lady: A Novel (Brides) by Deeanne Gist has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Booklist - 10/01/2006 page 32

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Bethany House
Pages   314
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Edition  Reprinted  
Series  Brides  
ISBN  0764200739  
ISBN13  9780764200731  

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disappointed  Mar 23, 2007
First of all, I was very surprised this book is labeled as a "Christian" book, based on the lust and kissing and feeling up that goes on between the two main characters, Rachel and Johnnie.
At times the drama of Rachel reminded me of a high school love story and a bit tedious to me. Without giving too much of the story away, I wasn't surprised with the ending, just disappointed and felt Rachel changed her values or way of thinking at a very convenient time.
I wasn't impressed at all with the historical information written about the time period and I wouldn't recommend this book for people interested in historical reading.
The writing was well done. I dispised Rachel's siblings enough to think the author wrote them in a way that they sold their souls as so many did to make a quick buck instead of making an honest days work.
I also wouldn't recommend this book as a Christian read. I know a lot of people enjoyed this book and I'm a little confused by that. I guess I expected a little more depth and not so much lust.
Some have said the authors first book was better. I'm going to take their word for it and give it a try.
Enjoyable "Edgy Inspirational"  Feb 23, 2007
The idea of edgy inspirational fiction intrigues me, so I thought I would give this book a try. I didn't find it very "edgy" but it was enjoyable.
The character of Rachel grated on me all throughout because she spent the whole book trying to live up to Christian standards, instead of realizing she should show love to sinners as Christ would do. Even in the end she hasn't fully realized that-instead she wants to reform them-but I guess it's a step in the right direction.
As for the racy scene everyone keeps referring to, it's an extended make-out scene-well, not even that-it's an extended kissing scene! I can't see why people are upset-Christians kiss too!!! I did enjoy the character of Lissa and how she was easily drawn into the California "lifestyle"-although I was disappointed with her story's ending-*SPOILER*-I wish the author would've enhanced her story after she was forced away from her lover and having to recover from that instead of being able to go back in the end.
I do think this is some of the better Christian fiction I've read as it is not dripping with spiritual cliches and dares to "push the envelope" and address issues that are often overlooked. I think parts of this story are a good reminder of the Christian mindset today-we need to love the sinners, (not the sins) and show them Christ's love. I will continue to look for more from this author.
Another great book from Deeanne Gist  Jan 29, 2007
Measure of a Lady was a fine read. Well-written, funny, sweet. A wonderful follow-up to Bride Most Begrudging. I look forward to more books by this talented author!
a fun read  Jan 22, 2007

In 1849 San Francisco, men were rushing for more than just gold--eligible women, a.k.a. "sunbonnets". One such woman, Rachel Van Buren, has just arrived from the East and like it or not, will be staying. Her father having died on the voyage over, Rachel is left in charge of her two younger siblings--fifteen-year-old Lissa and fourteen-year-old Michael.
In a tizzy surrounded by googly-eyed, drooling men--each competing to be the one to whisk Rachel away to cook him a hot meal and clean his long johns--Johnnie Parker, saloon owner, gambler, and ex-missionary comes to the rescue.
The perfectly refined lady, Rachel would no more accept a gift from a man than shoot him through the eyes. It wouldn't be proper. In a lawless city bent on decadence, Rachel fights to maintain propriety and integrity, but horror of all horrors, what she's fighting most is her own physical desire toward Johnnie.
Hypnotized by the glitter and glamour of nightlife, sister Lissa jumps in with both feet. To Rachel's complete shock, Lissa bites the forbidden apple, throwing to the wind all that is moral and decent. Lissa now a woman of ill-repute, Rachel can no longer associate with her... or can she? God forgives and restores fellowship. Can Rachel?
Michael is also bent on assimilating himself to those "lesser" than he, and Rachel is helpless to stop him. He's one more casualty for the wicked city to tally to its high score. It seems Rachel is the only upstanding person left, and deeming herself too good to socialize with sinners, she is lonely in her chaste world.
Johnnie, preacher gone bad, is floundering in the grey area between right and wrong, and to his chagrin, Rachel takes it upon herself to set him straight. If only he could have her without the strict morals attached...
His physical appeal draws Rachel like a magnet, and on more than one occasion, they go way beyond what any godly woman should allow.
With a good dose of sizzle, Gist has taken the Christian romance novel to a new level. However, she balances out the cat and mouse story with enough moral debate to stimulate the reader's mind. Sweeping away the unessential rules and regulations of religion, Gist reveals, through Scripture, God's love for the sinner and His desire to see the Christian humbly reaching out and drawing them back to Him.
5 STARS  Jan 9, 2007
This was a book that just couldn't be put down! I've been away from reading for quite some time and this book has inspired me! I will definately look for more books by this author! Awesome!

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