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The Measure of a Lady

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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  8,448 ratings  ·  420 reviews
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, a ...more
Hardcover, 314 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2006)
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Katie
I was really disappointed in this book. I had heard good reviews of it...but it fell far short for me. I stayed up into the wee hours finishing this, but the only thing that spurred me onward was to see if Lissa ever repented and if Johnnie came to Christ and married Rachel.

Well, the two did marry, but I never saw any indication that he returned to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ before he did so. And after Rachel so firmly stating that she would not marry an unbeliever...it was disappointing
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Margaret
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 man
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Anne Osterlund
I have decided that Deeanne Gist is one of my new favorite authors. This is the third book that I have read by her, and they are all exquisite. A little like Eva Ibbotson's YA novels. I just fall in love with the characters right off the bat and want what is best for them (in this case, each other) all the way through the book. Rachel is a young woman/girl, recently orphaned with two younger siblings in tow, and stuck, literally, in the mud of frontier San Francisco. And she is trying very, very ...more
Jennybug
I really enjoyed this book. It was so much fun to read. I was expecting a frivolous love story. I felt like I got so much more. I loved the time period that the story was placed in, I found it interesting that a lot of the stories that she used were true stories from her research. It was interesting going on to goodreads and reading everyones reviews.

Some of the comments that I thought were a little strange were readers who felt it was to preachy or that Rachel was Snooty. I loved her little sp
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Kathy
I really had mixed feelings about this one. I guess by the end it all just felt a little too preachy for me. I think I could easily go off on a little tangent, so I’ll skip that and just get to the review. Rachel, Lissa and Michael find themselves in a desperate situation when they arrive in San Francisco. Their father had died on the trip over leaving them alone in the world. While Rachel tries to keep everyone together, her siblings turn their backs on her (repeatedly) and decide to go wild. A ...more
Kate
Historical romance writers frequently give their heroines contemporary ideas and values to make them more sympathetic to the reader and I'm kind of glad Deanne Gist didn't do that with Rachel in this case. As irritating as she is, women of a certain class were absolutely held to a rigid set of standards and deviating from them resulted in horrible consequences.

The book overall is well written and entertaining, and I enjoyed all the details about life in early SF (though it annoyed me no end whe
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Melyssa
Another slightly cheesy Christian romance. But hey - I'll take cheesy over smutty any day! :)
Shay
I read one of the author's later books, Maid to Match. Even though it's Christian historical fiction, it wasn't preachy. The Measure of a Lady, though, has much more Christianity and a main character that is kind of preachy and inflexible and at times has a "holier than thou" attitude. And yet, through the course of the book, she is made to grow as a person. I don't want to get specific- that would be a spoiler. But the author has a lot more character development in this novel than in Maid to ma ...more
Ruth
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Natalie
I didn't like this Deeanne Gist book as much as the other I've read. Part of the problem with it is the frustrating secondary characters. I can't give too many details without seriously spoiling this, but lets just say there are some characters that make me want to pull my hair out. Another frustrating part to this book was her reactions to certain parts of the society she found herself it. I was annoyed that she was basing so much of her morality on social mores of the time. I know this is very ...more
Elisabeth
I have mixed feelings on this one.

To begin, Lady is remarkably similar to LaVryle Spencer's Forgiving. Independent woman trying to make it in a nineteenth-century Western town that has no other women, a man she thinks she shouldn't love but does anyway and a "fallen" sister. If I hadn't read Forgiving, I probably would like Lady's story more, but I can't help but compare the two and Lady simply isn't as engaging.

Two, Lady has a religious bent, but it seems half-hearted. I didn't even realize unt
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LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
Most of the time, I liked Rachel, but her black-and-white view of the world drove me batty. You either were a prostitute for life, or you were lily white, nothing in between.

I could understand why Lissa saw her as a hypocrite. At every new development, Rachel seemed to be redefining the way things worked in order to suit her. If she lived purely by the standards she set for herself, there would not have been a single job she could have taken when they first arrived in San Francisco. She justifie
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Becki
this is the second book i have read by this author and i've quite liked her. this story is set in San Fransisco during the Gold Rush. Rachel[18:] and her younger brother and sister are orphaned on the way to San Fransisco and have no way to return home. they find the city filthy - physically and morally. the only other women in town besides Rachel and her sister are prostitutes - or, in Rachel's mind, fallen women. the only buildings in town are saloons and gambling halls, one of which is owned ...more
Michelle
Well this is the third book book I've read by this author and I now have the formula down. Headstrong oppionated girl, probably with an unusual hobby. A hardened man with a good heart, who has probably lost loved ones. Girl ends up in difficult position, stranded, homeless etc. Man is willing to help her. They fall in love, but need to overcome strong opinions either one holds like not wanting to get married , or wanting to return home. In this case Rachel and her two siblings are stranded in Ca ...more
Kay Cochran
The hypocritical nature of this book is astounding. The main character, Rachel, is a rather high-handed Christian. As a character who was raised primarily by a set of staunchly religious biddies in the 1840s, this little lady struggles with the breadth of sin and the morality of forgiveness.

For people who don't like Christian romances, I would actually recommend this book. As a good glimpse into both personal constructs and differing social stratus; this book is powerful in its awareness of how
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Imjustme24kd
What I liked best about this well written book is the fact that the heroine is uncomfortably flawed, yet still likable. She seems human and real. The author does this in a way that no other author I've read does and I think a lot of Christian women will closely identify with the heroine's struggles. The plot line and conflict developments are interesting throughout and although not all problems come full circle and get a nice tidy bow (I actually kinda like that) there is still a satisfying endi ...more
Misfit
First off, I have to admit when I bought this book at the big warehouse store I wasn't aware that it was Christian fiction, as there was nothing on the book jacket noting that fact. I didn't realize until I was well into the book that it was not only about the love between Rachel and Johnny but about their faith in God and the conflicts with trying to adhere to that and live in lawless San Francisco in the 1840's.

That being said, it was a very enjoyable tale as Rachel comes to terms with her fa
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Alison
I picked this book up from the library yesterday and had it read by this afternoon. It is a "clean" romance novel about a single lady who ends up in "sin city" San Francisco during the gold rush and must try and maintain her morality while also trying to protect her two younger siblings from the city's evils. It delves into deeper issues about hating the sin while loving the sinner, and of course, the measure of a "lady". I easily get sucked into many clean romance novels, even when they are che ...more
Danni
I was disappointed Deeanne Gist's other books were really funny the main character always had a cute sense of humor and this one really didn't.
Victoria
I really enjoyed this book. Its a wonderful story...but I'm a sucker for Christian romance. It reminded me a lot of "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers. The beginning of the book made the main character, Rachel, seem overbearing and self-righteous. As the story unfolds, however, you really start to see her character change and then it becomes easier to understand her. Its a story of how God's love can change us for the better, if we let Him. This is now my second favorite book and I think I migh ...more
Michelle Nichols
This was a really good book! I always like gold rush stories, I grew up on movies based in that time period so they just stick with me. I found myself laughing out loud at the way that the men treated "sun bonnets" it was so adorable that they were still trying to be gentlemanly and helping ladies when they could. I did find Rachel to be rather preachy at times, yes she was trying to hold on to her morals in an unholy land but shoving her beliefs down others throats is never going to convince th ...more
Alexia
Definitely worth the read. I think it's one of her best books. I currently like it the best and the only one I haven't read is A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist. Take the time and read this.
Tori
Rachel just about drove me crazy with her "Holier than thou" attitude. But that was kind of the point I think. She needed to figure out what a true disciple of Christ really is. Um, Johnnie = hot.
Jacel Jones
I favor Gist writing for her humorous yet down to earth and reality of the world as to a neat bubbled idealized Christian world. That tackles & challenges views and ideas.
Rachel
A good story, but it didn't keep my attention like I had hoped. I ended up skimming the last half just to get it finished.
Faith
ADULT fiction, I’d say at least 18 or older but not ‘recommended’ for anyone!
Erin
Blah! And the cover was so pretty. :/
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Rachel along with her siblings Michael and Lissa. They arrive at San Francisco after the sudden death of their father. Now it's up to Rachel to protect her siblings while they work at a Saloon and there they meet the owner Johnnie. When Rachel and Johnnie first meet, for some reason it reminded me how in North and South, Margaret Hale met John Thornton. Not exactly but you get the idea. This was an alright book. The writing was good. If you're familiar with Gist's other books then give a Measure ...more
Brandi
The Measure of a Lady – Deeanne Gist
This book was pretty good, but I didn't really care for it too much.
There wasn't much faith, and the romance made me uneasy.
The faith was much like many of the other “Christian” books out there. They pray and mention God but there's really no message in there.
The romance was a little uncomfortable. It was like, well... like Francine Rivers' and Julie Lessman's romance. I think they say just a little more than they need to. I don't know about you, but I really
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Rachelle
The Measure of a Lady, is much luck the rest of Deeanne Gist books. That being said, I love Gist’s work. Where some might say its predictable I prefer comfortable. Yes, she follows a similar patterns in all her books, but that doesn’t make the story any less enjoyable. This particular story follows Rachel as she settles in San Francisco with her brother and sister, during the Gold Rush. She finds Johnnie and of course they fall in love.

Jonnie is a great character who has turned from God, but is
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