The Measure of a Lady
By Deeanne Gist
(Bethany House Publishers, Paperback, 9780764200731, 314pp.)
Publication Date: June 2006
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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?