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July 26, 2013

REDEEMING LOVE by Francine Rivers


REDEEMING LOVE                                                         5 STARS    
A Novel
by Francine Rivers

California's gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep.

Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside.

Then she meets Michael Hosea. A man who seeks his Father's heart in everything, Michael obeys God's call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel's every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw.

But with her unexpected softening come overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband's pursuing love, terrified of the truth she no longer can deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does ... the One who will never let her go.

A simple review doesn't give this book justice.  I've read some really good books, but a 5 Star rating doesn't even come close.   The book was very easy to read and yet very hard.  I  found myself sad, angry and happy at times. There were times that your heart was just breaking for Michael and Sarah. Sarah was a prostitute whose spirit has been broken.  She is the heroine in the book. As a prostitute she was called Angel. Michael called her Amanda.  She never told Michael her real name until she had found God. Michael was a rare man. Patient, loving, God loving farmer who time after time took Amanda back.  This was the true definition of unconditional love. I found myself wanting more and more for it to work with Michael and Amanda.  They belonged together.

The basis of the book is the Bible story of Hosea and Gomer.  The book is not a push on religion. It's a story of two totally different people struggle at the love they feel for each other. One person  believes in God and help the other find God.  There are places where awful things happen. Just when you think that part is over and goodness shall follow, something worse comes to surface. When all the bad things have come out, a beautiful romance comes forth.  I would recommend this book to readers over 17 years old.  There is adult content and parents, read the book and decide if your teenager should read it.  It's a page turner and a definite keeper.  This will go on my shelf to keep and re-read. It's a rather large novel but it's well worth it.

I would give this book a strong 5 STARS. (5 STARS doesn't come close)

I received a complimentary copy of REDEEMING LOVE by Francine Rivers from Blogging For Books -Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing for this honest review.

New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, a mother of three, and an established romance novelist.

Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote Redeeming Love as her statement of faith. First published by Bantam Books and then rereleased by Multnomah Publishers in the mid-1990s, this retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea, set during the time of the California Gold Rush, is now considered a classic work of Christian fiction. Redeeming Love continues to be one of the CBA's top-selling titles, and it has held a spot on the Christian best-seller list for nearly a decade.

Since Redeeming Love, Francine has published more than 20 novels with Christian themes—all best sellers—and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for numerous awards, including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, and the Holt Medallion in Honor of Outstanding Literary Talent. In 1997, after winning her third RITA Award for inspirational fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame. In March 2010, Francine officially became a New York Times bestselling author, when Her Mother’s Hope debuted at #12 on the hardcover fiction bestsellers lists. The sequel, Her Daughter’s Dream, debuted at #12 on the same list just six months later, in September, 2010. Francine's novels have been translated into over 20 different languages, and she enjoys best-seller status in many foreign countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, and South Africa.

Francine and her husband, Rick, live in northern California and enjoy time spent with their three grown children and every opportunity to spoil their grandchildren. She uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life.​11422.Redeeming_​Love                                         

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