Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Redeeming Love
Author: Francine Rivers
Release Date: 2011 (1997 Reprint)
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Overall Rating: 5.0+
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Francine's Website: www.francinerivers.com
This amazingly powerful book is a retelling of the Book of Hosea, and when it first premiered years ago millions of copies flew off the shelves. In fact, the book was so powerful and memorable for most readers that this classic reprint had to be done! Letters poured into the publishing house as well as to the fabulous author who has gifted millions with her inspirational stories and words. These letters spoke of how personal lives were changed by Ms. Rivers re-telling of a Christian story with powerful implications.
In this amazing novel, readers follow a young woman by the name of Sarah. Sarah is just a child, who loves her mother more than life. They live in a large house, with beautiful gardens, and Sarah has everything she can possibly wish for - except the company of her father. Sarah loves her father dearly and wishes with all her heart that she could see him more often, but Father has work to do and when he comes to see Sarah he is brusque and more than a little rude.
One day, by listening to a heated conversation through her window during one of fatherís visits, Sarah learns that her situation is far different than she thought it was. In fact, mother and father are not married. Father is actually already married and simply used Mother has his mistress. He is completely and utterly angry that mother told Sarah about the fact that he was her father in the first place, and the man - letís just say - is not a nice person. This is the very first look that Sarah has at the "masculine" side of the world, and these memories stick with her as her heart fills with distrust and anger as she ages.
The reader remains by Sarahís side as she goes through some hideous moments and ends up "leaving" Sarah far behind as she turns into "Angel" and is the most wanted "lady of the evening" in a California town that is experiencing the wealth and sinister dealings that the Gold Rush brings to the world. The town is called Pair-A-Dice, and Angel is the "star" as far as the men are concerned. She receives marriage proposals by the day, and is used by the world of men just as her mother was a generation before. Angel doesnít care. Her heart has grown so hardened against others that she barely can stand being inside her own body, so she doesnít even notice that others are using it for their gain.
However, one day a man walks in. A man by the name of Michael Hosea who saw Angel walking the dusty streets and knew in his heart and soul that she was supposed to be his wife. Michael Hosea is naive when it comes to broken hearts, broken dreams, and rosy promises, and convincing Angel that there is a life of love out there for her is nearly impossible.
This book was a Ď10-starí book when it appeared on the market and it remains a Ď10-starí book today! The story of Angel/Sarah and the way she must deal with her life and learn how to trust again is absolutely beautiful and, truly, a life-changing story.
Until next time,
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