Sunday, December 30, 2012

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

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I have a friend who has told me to read this book for over two years.  Then, after talking to another friend who loves to read, she just gave me a copy.  Both women proclaimed it to be one of their all-time favorites that they have read multiple times.  All I can tell you is that honestly, I put it off because it was a Christian fiction book and I lean towards murder mysteries or science fiction these days.  I am NOT a romance reader for sure.  I wasn't expecting to love it, but I did!!  The characters are real and stay with you even when you aren't reading.  The story is frustrating and powerful.  This book will go into my all time top 10. 

From the Francine Rivers website:
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 Hosea 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 can no longer deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael Hosea does…the One who will never let her go.  A life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.

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