©1997 Francine Rivers; (P)2001 Recorded Books, LLC
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.
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.
The story; what an incredible story!
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!
A voice that matches the character so well!
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Loving you is Easy, Misty Eyez
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.
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.
no but she was brilliant at the different tones and voices for each character.
The End - but I wont spoil it for you.
I really loved this book and Im so glad I listened to it.
Yes, I would recommend this book to a friend. It is a true love 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love really really good suspense...historical fiction... "slice of life"...coming of age books...ok, anything! :)
Anything by Francine Rivers
This story is about the redeeming love of Christ and his relentless pursuit of US...his bride!
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.
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.
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