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The Measure of a Lady | [Deeanne Gist]

The Measure of a Lady

Christy Award finalist Deeanne Gist's compelling best seller portrays Rachel Van Buren's efforts to escape the gold-rush quagmire of 1849 San Francisco - with her high moral principles intact. Rachel is shocked by this mud-infested boomtown, where the only females are of ill repute. When saloon owner Johnnie Parker, a widower and former missionary, allows her to stay in his unoccupied shanty, she agrees to cook and clean for him. But Rachel soon struggles with their growing attraction.
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Publisher's Summary

Christy Award finalist Deeanne Gist's compelling best seller portrays Rachel Van Buren's efforts to escape the gold-rush quagmire of 1849 San Francisco - with her high moral principles intact. Rachel is shocked by this mud-infested boomtown, where the only females are of ill repute. When saloon owner Johnnie Parker, a widower and former missionary, allows her to stay in his unoccupied shanty, she agrees to cook and clean for him. But Rachel soon struggles with their growing attraction.

©2006 Deeanne Gist; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"[An] amusing, often almost titillating tale brimming with period detail." (Booklist)

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    susan 04-08-12
    susan 04-08-12
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    "delightful"

    all the elements of a good story present in this delightfully complex and humorious tale of a sister trying to be a momma a remain a lady in san francisco in the 49 gold rush after the little family's father died on the ship before they got there i couldnt turn the player off it was very entertaining the reader did a good job sorting the chacters

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bernie Indiana USA 05-06-08
    Bernie Indiana USA 05-06-08 Member Since 2006
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    "The Measure of a Lady"

    You can not go wrong getting a book by Diane Geist. I love this book and have listened to it a least 2 times.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Tuscumbia, AL, United States 06-02-12
    Cathy Tuscumbia, AL, United States 06-02-12
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    "Good Listen, really enjoyed this one!"
    If you could sum up The Measure of a Lady in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, entertaining, & enjoyable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Measure of a Lady?

    too many to pick just one!


    What about Julia Gibson’s performance did you like?

    Yes, she was very good brings out the characters very well


    Who was the most memorable character of The Measure of a Lady and why?

    I liked the little boy, he doesn't come in until toward the end, can't remember exactly where but he was fun! Now in trying I cannot remember his name but he was a gem, when you first hear from him you will know who I"m speaking of :)


    Any additional comments?

    So happy I've discovered this author! I've not listened to anything yet that wasn't enjoyable, entertaining and never lost interest in the story line. I'm really enjoying her writings!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jaime Lakewood, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-27-11
    Jaime Lakewood, United States Minor Outlying Islands 09-27-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Preachy..."

    How disappointing to realize hours in that this was written by the Christian Coalition. Couldn't even finish it at that point...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Easley, SC, United States 04-22-13
    Michael Easley, SC, United States 04-22-13 Member Since 2012

    Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.

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    "A delightful historic romatic novel"

    An excellent listen, very entertaining and refreshingly clean! One of my favorites! I could listen again. Jennifer

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Kaluza Columbia, SC 11-07-12
    J. Kaluza Columbia, SC 11-07-12
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    "Johnnie kept me listening"
    Would you listen to The Measure of a Lady again? Why?

    Down the road i would but not any time soon. Rachel was extremely preachy during this book. Half the time i wanted to argue with her. Her reasons for doing things just didn't move me and pushed me away. But i did like johnnie. He was so down to earth and i liked seeing how he changed. He had such depth to him and his story about his ex-wife really touched my heart. He was a good man.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Measure of a Lady?

    The men kept putting different outfits on johnnie's nude statue. That made me laugh. I loved that they covered it just in suspenders one day because they weren't concerned with what body parts to cover.


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

    No, but i did enjoy listening to her. Even if i was working on something else, i wasn't able to tune her out. I couldn't help but listen. She did well with all the different voices, even the mens.


    Any additional comments?

    The story itself was very good. There was tension, learning, sacrific and selfishness. It would have been better if rachel would have started to learn throughout the book instead of just the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Ferndale, WA 08-07-11
    Julia Ferndale, WA 08-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Do not care for this book"

    I just finished listening to this book after fast forwarding through the last half. The author seems too focused on the sexual tensions between the characters. I will not be purchasing anymore of this author's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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