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Redeeming Love | [Francine Rivers]

Redeeming Love

Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.
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Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a best-selling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

©1997 Francine Rivers; (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC

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    karen Campbell, CA, United States 05-27-09
    karen Campbell, CA, United States 05-27-09 Member Since 2005
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    "An unforgetable love story"

    I never thought I would enjoy a Christian romance novel (I prefer the steamy romances), but let me tell you that this book was amazingly good and so much passion! Not preachy at all. In a way, God is simply just another character is this heart wrenching tale. I tried so hard not to cry (especially toward the end) but I finally had to pull over and wipe my eyes when it ended. So much grief, redemption and joy. A fantastic story that drew me in and kept me glued.

    It's not a light 'listen', and at times was even depressing. But the writing was so spot on and the characters so real I couldn't stop. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to crawl into the book to talk with Angel, hug Michael, slap his brother, kill a bad guy, shelter a person down on their luck...etc. I can see why it has such high ratings by so many people. And it does end with a great ending. Highly recommended to all romance fans, not just the Christian set.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    11-22-08
    11-22-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Thank you"

    This book helped me remember that God Loves me regardless of my past. And how to accept love from others even though I might not think I deserve it. Wow! Moving, emotional, confirming and rejoiceful. Well crafted to bring out the true emotion of the relationship between us and the Father. Awesome and again thank you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret 08-05-14
    Margaret 08-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome!"
    What did you love best about Redeeming Love?

    The story; what an incredible story!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redeeming Love?

    The closing chapter when Sarah walks to Michael across the field....wow, what a description written by this talented author....you could just see it in your mind!


    What does Kate Forbes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A voice that matches the character so well!


    If you could rename Redeeming Love, what would you call it?

    Relentless Love


    Any additional comments?

    I love listening to books:)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Misty Eyez Fort Lauderdale, FL, US 12-21-13
    Misty Eyez Fort Lauderdale, FL, US 12-21-13 Member Since 2013

    Loving you is Easy, Misty Eyez

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    "The Truest Form of Love"
    Would you listen to Redeeming Love again? Why?

    YES very much - this is a tale of Timeless Love - This story takes place in the gold rush era, yet it is easily translates into the lives of the post Millennium reader today. Love is Pure - and Love is True - or at least in the case of Michael Jose. We follow the amazing story of Angel a young girl sold into slavery prostitution and watch/enjoy as her surprising life unfolds.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Angel - for I relate to her the most, but I fell in love with Michael and pray for him to be in my life one day. However, I must say my favorite character is Paul for he accurately portrays 99% of Christians and they way they cannot look at you without judgement. Judgement is the opposite of love.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Forbes’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no but she was brilliant at the different tones and voices for each character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The End - but I wont spoil it for you.


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved this book and Im so glad I listened to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larissa Brookhaven, MS, United States 03-14-13
    Larissa Brookhaven, MS, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent read! A must have!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend. It is a true love story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how Hosea's amazing love for Angel is paralleled with God's amazing love for us! It reminds me a fresh and new of who I am to Him. I am His bride!


    What does Kate Forbes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kate Forbes is an excellent narrator! She separates characters well. With just the right pitch and tone, she puts you right in the middle of the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes! One of my two favorite parts was when Hosea fought his way out of the brothel. The other was at the end when she finally told him her name.


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved everything I've ever read by Francine Rivers. I always seem to see myself somewhere in her book. She is probably my favorite author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jen Nokesville, VA, United States 07-17-12
    Jen Nokesville, VA, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "There is Love and Redemption"

    I'm not a fan of Christian fiction generally. I think most of it is insipid - poorly written, trite, and weak on the spiritual aspects.

    There is a reason that Francine Rivers is a beloved author and a bestseller in Christian fiction. She was a successful write of historical romances - the steamy stuff. And then she met Jesus Christ, who transformed her life and her writing. After 3 years away from writing anything, the Lord gave her a vision for her first Christian novel - an adaptation of the book of Hosea, set in 1850s gold rush California with a Godly man who is seeking God's will and the prostitute that God put in his life as his wife.

    Rivers does a good job on the adaptation. Her characters are well drawn, fully human, people who are real and flawed. The truth about love, forgiveness, grace and mercy, judgment, and redemption are all present.

    My only complaint is that the book seemed long. It seemed that with some editing it could have been more concise, less repetitive. But maybe that's just me.

    I listening to Redeeming Love very much. Narrator, Kate Forbes, did a good job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liz SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, United States 06-11-12
    Liz SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, United States 06-11-12
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    "Powerful, eventually"
    Any additional comments?

    The story is entertaining/heartbreaking but the pace is a little slow. The author talks slowly and the writing is a bit fluffy, so it takes awhile to move the plot forward. (We listened to it at an accelerated speed and it didn't feel rushed at all) However, once my fiance and I got into the heart of the story, we were hooked. It was a very powerful message that left us both feeling convicted and encouraged. The ending is so perfect that it made every exaggerated pause was well worth it!! We all need to hear this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AJ United States 05-14-12
    AJ United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2012

    I love really really good suspense...historical fiction... "slice of life"...coming of age books...ok, anything! :)

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    "Redemption...love...a beautiful LOVE story...."
    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything by Francine Rivers


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Forbes’s performances?

    absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    This story is about the redeeming love of Christ and his relentless pursuit of US...his bride!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer NEWPORT, VT, United States 10-24-11
    Amazon Customer NEWPORT, VT, United States 10-24-11
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    "Very compelling story"

    This is not a book I would read over and over again, but not because of how it was written (it's excellently written). Throughout the story Francine Rivers' description of the characters makes them come alive and so I found myself enraged, frustrated, saddened, and anxious to hear what was coming. I didn't want to put the book down, and it's 17 hours long! I found myself listening when I was making dinner or sitting in front of the television with my husband in the evenings.

    The situations in the book made me feel intense emotions and I am grateful that Rivers wrote a book with this content. I will definitely recommend it to others, with a warning to be prepared to have their lives changed.

    The reader was okay for me. Not the best. She generally had one tone through the whole book, which didn't always work with the storyline.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    alison Dallas, TX, United States 08-05-11
    alison Dallas, TX, United States 08-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Not a fan"

    This book was recommended to me by several people, so obviously, my opinion is simply another opinion. Most people seem to love the book. I found the heroine deeply irritating throughout the first half of the book--maybe even longer. It is a sad story and ultimately a story of redemption and I gave it two stars (rather than one) because I did manage to finish it--after quitting several times. And I did manage to care about the characters. But it was with effort on my part. I found it unbelievable on many levels and also very repetitive. It could have been half the length. I just didn't find the writing very compelling. Many others have, so it is just a matter of taste. This one is not my cup of tea.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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