So as I mentioned a few weeks ago on my blog post about the Miami Book Fair I wanted to start doing reviews on this blog, just quick ones on the final friday of every month. So I decided to call it ‘The Final Friday’ simple but effective =] Technically this is the first friday of the month but the final friday of December was christmas so guess what I am doing my first final friday a little late but thats okay because its my blog :p
Now the book I wanted to review today is ‘The Measure of a Lady’ by DeeAnne Gist. DeeAnne Gist is one of my favourite christian romantic fiction authors and heres the back copy from her book ‘The Measure of a Lady’ just so you know what the book is about and then I’ll give you my take on it.
“Five Rules for Proper 19th Century Ladies. Speak Politely. Even when you’re the only respectable woman around, protesting San Fransicos decadent surrender to gold fever. Dress modestly. Wear your sunbonnet at all times. Ensure nobody sees your men’s boots muddled by the city streets. Remain devoted to family. Protect your siblings from the temptations that surround them, even against their wishes. Stand above reproach. Most difficult when a captivating man turns out to be a saloon owner. Rise above temptation. No accepting gifts. No bestowing favors. No impeachable behavior…well maybe just one…little kiss.
When these rules become increasingly difficult to uphold, can Rachel Van Buren remain a beacon of virtue in a city of vice?”
So basically its a love story between Rachel Van Buren who recently moved from New Jersey to San Fransisco and Johnnie Parker a former missionary turned saloon owner. While it has all the usual ingredients to a beautiful romance novel, attraction, passion, making each other better people and lots of conflict the reason I adore The measure of a Lady is because it has excellent side stories. As a writer its sometimes very easy to get caught up with the two main characters and forget all about the other people. However the side stories are so important because in real life your family and friends influence your relationships a great deal. In the Measure of a Lady DeeAnna tells a compelling side story about Rachel’s family (brother and sister) as she grows the main story a.k.a the relationship between Rachel and Johnnie.
The book is full of passion and love but it also has a interesting moral debate tied into the storyline that makes this books so much more than a romantic fiction novel. As far as what I didn’t like about the book the only thing I can think of is I don’t like Lissa, Rachel’s little sister however the fact that I really dislike the character proves what a good writer DeeAnna Gist is. It just has hard to write a character people hate as it is a character they love. So I strongly recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of romantic fiction just now it is a faith-based book so it does talk about an active relationship with Jesus Christ. If you’re not comfortable with that this may not be the book for you but its a fantastic story full of passion, intrigue and love.
So thats my Final Friday review let me know what you thought, loved it, hated it etc and if you have a book you would like me to review next month please comment on this post to let me know you’re suggestions.
Until next time let me know what you think and God Bless,
Grace Hatton – Best Selling Teen Author