Walking on Sunshine

Francine Rivers – Redeeming Love – 2010/005

Redeeming Love

Redeeming Love

The Back of the Book: 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 oves her even more than Michael does … the One who will never let her go.

A powerful retelling of the book of Hosea, Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.

NotJustLaura’s Review: This book has taken me such a long time to read.  As it was truly excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment, I can only conclude that I was savouring it – and this is totally unlike my usual instant-gratification style of reading.

Sarah is eight when she is sold into prostitution.  She is rescued and then begins a journey of recovery which Ms Rivers has patterned after that told in the Bible’s book of Hosea.  I’m not really a fan of Biblical fiction but perhaps because I’ve never actually read Hosea, I found myself entranced – even when the events unfolded in a rather distressing manner.

Ms Rivers has a clear talent for storytelling.  Her characters jump from these pages and the whole is superbly plotted.  I was constantly guessing what would happen next and every time I thought I had the measure of the story another turn would bring me off-balance.

This book is, in my opinion, Christian fiction at its best.

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