Francine made this story so real and shows the true love of God the author of Love itself. Wonderful story - I have already bought the book for a friend of mine.
the last few chapters made the whole story very real.
We all struggle with our own sins, our own history, our scathing judgment of others, and the loves of our lives. These common character traits make identifying with the people in this book a journey with them and a journey of our own faith. One of my top 3 reads.
I downloaded the audio version of this book simply because I had added it to my Goodreads 'Want to Read' list at some point. When I started listening to this story, I really had no idea what it was about; however, I was instantly hooked. This is truly a captivating tale for those who enjoy Historical Fiction and Christian Fiction as this story marries both genres blissfully.
The story begins with a child and her broken upbringing that quickly lands her on a path of survival through prostitution during the gold rush era in California. The author does an outstanding job at exploring the pain, desperation and separation of emotion girls like this endure when sold into this disgusting trade. By divine intervention, this particular girl, Angel, encounters a man of strong faith and endurance, Michael. Michael is a Godly man who trusts in the Lord completely and pushed forward with God's plan despite the heartache and resistance he encountered. Following Michael's tale makes you examine your own heart and motives in the choices we are faced with daily. After many, many trials, Michael finally wins Angel's heart, but that is only where the story begins. Angel is accustomed to being a soiled and tarnished woman and does not feel worthy of this man who will not leave her alone. Angel and Michael's journey is relatable today as we often cannot hear that still small voice over our own wants and desires. Michael exhibits biblical love in so many ways, that you can't help but grow a little by reading this amazing story. I highly recommend this book!
Recommended for adult readers due to slight sexual content and implied graphic nature.
I enjoyed this story. It was well developed.
I appreciate stories illustrating people with God in their lives. It's not all holy roller or preachy. There were occasions that God spoke to the characters directly, clearly and easily. That part was a little bit of a stretch, if only we were that lucky. Nonetheless Angel's journey was interesting. The narrator was good. She was not largely dramatic but was clear and I had no difficulty differentiating between characters.