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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

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

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  • susan
  • 08-04-2012

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

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  • Shelly Schrome
  • 06-05-2008

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.

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  • Cathy
  • 02-06-2012

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 :)

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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!

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  • LisaJ330
  • 21-10-2019

amazing

captures your attention!! I stayed interested the whole time! loved it recomend it for sure

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  • Michael
  • 22-04-2013

A delightful historic romatic novel

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

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  • J. Hatley
  • 07-11-2012

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.

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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.

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  • Jaime
  • 27-09-2011

Preachy...

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

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  • Julia
  • 07-08-2011

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.

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