- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 24 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: December 13, 2006
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000LXSRN8
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This is the story of a young woman and her teenaged brother and sister, orphaned and stranded in an early, lawless San Francisco of the gold rush. Rachel and her siblings are befriended by Johnny, a gambling house owner.
I particularly liked the fact that one of the primary characters (avoiding spoilers, I won't name) never truly changes. Just like reality. The main character, Rachel, grows realistically with her challenges and pain. I wasn't as convinced about Johnny' s transformation but..... it can certainly happen. Some of the scenes were poignant and well described by the author. Much of the history that unfolds is interesting.
The level of writing, characterization, dialogue, history, all seemed to mesh well and flow well.
I recommend. Some reviewers commented on tough issues like prostitution, gambling being described. I found this was handled extremely cleanly by Ms. Gist . I am sure it was much more gritty in real life.
Once again, I could not put myself in heroine's shoes. I was somehow distant to the whole story. The writer did not dig deeper into her main characters. Also, I think that the heroine was not a realistic character.
The heroine was stubborn and described as a smart person but acted SO foolishly. The hero was likable, but I would wish for him to be more masculine. The hero pictured in my opinion was not a man that many women would want to end up with, so the romance has fallen flat for me.
The scenes were not intriguing and found some scenes too abrupt and sweet.
For people who are afraid again to pick up the book because the writer is known to write edgy fiction, I would say that the book does not contain any descriptive scenes. The writer does mention someone fantasizing about something to happen, but in my opinion she has not crossed the line.
The book is not preachy and does not reflect a valuable Christian lesson. It has fallen short of my expectations.
But the book is light and will give you relaxation you need. I would call it a funny romance because it is unbelievable but still with some humor to be enjoyable.
Rachel is a very confused young woman. She is trying to survive with her morals intact in a very trying atmosphere. She is struggling to hold onto her siblings and raise them the way she was raised. Her guilt over many many things is extremely unnecessary but true to her character's upbringing. It does get annoying and overly preachy.
Some steamy kissing scenes with the saloon owner leave her feeling extremely dirty and guilty. I was a little exasperated with her. Although Rachel prays for direction and reads the Bible constantly to help her know what to do, she stays spiritually confused for most of the book. Then, in the nicely packaged happy ending, everything just "works out." The solution had occurred to me at such an earlier place in the book that it was just a "well, duh" moment to actually read it.
But she is still likable and so is her beau. A pleasant book, a bit too preachy but the underlying positive message does hammer home, though it gets jumbled up in the process.
I would definitely recommend this book!
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