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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 2012
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shono QLD, Australia 11-15-08
    Shono QLD, Australia 11-15-08 Listener Since 2008

    shonofear

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    "wow!!! My first audio book expeience"

    Having not being a huge reader myself (mainly not finding the time to with such a digital life these days) I turned my attention to listening to Audio books whilst at work.
    Found a review on the internet of this book and was compelled to try it out. As also being a believer of the Lord Jesus this book was even more inviting.
    Such a beautiful story of how much God really loves and cares for us all, and how he came to save the sinners/lost.
    Recommend this book to all.
    Cheers and Blessings

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Rushing 11-22-08 Member Since 2012
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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 2015
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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 2014

    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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    Ellen O'Connell Kalaheo, HI USA 07-05-13
    Ellen O'Connell Kalaheo, HI USA 07-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "How Long Does It Take"
    What would have made Redeeming Love better?

    A more interesting and MUCH shorter story line.


    What was most disappointing about Francine Rivers’s story?

    It was boring and repetitive. The main character seemed schizophrenic in her flip-flopping of feelings and attitudes about Michael. Although the story is meant to convey this eventual change of heart in the main character, I think the way it was conveyed made it hard to believe.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't know if the narrator could have made me feel more compassion for Sarah, but I think she didn't have much with which to work.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance and irritation.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of the worst books I have listened to, and only listened until the end in the hope do finding some redeeming value. Did not happen for me.

    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 2015
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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 2014

    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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  • anna
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    4/13/13
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    "story that won't let go of you"

    This is a powerful book about Love, not just our love for each other but God's love for his people. Don't let the thought that this is a christian book put you off though, it tackles some tough issues with the ultimate theme being that you can never do anything bad enough that you are unloved or unforgivable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Grimsby, United Kingdom
    4/30/13
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    "From the Heart"

    This book is very dark in places and my prayers go out to anyone whos life shares Angel's story. Couldn't go to bed until I had finished the last 8 hours of this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Hagfoot
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    12/17/13
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    "Fantastic"
    Where does Redeeming Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has to be the best audible I have ever listened to. I originally read this book on kindle a couple of years ago and listening to the audible version confirmed it as one of my favourite novels of all time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    At times the story of Angel's life is heart wrenching. Extremely difficult subjects have been tackled sensitively. This is also a wonderful love story, the love between a man and a woman and the love of God.


    What three words best describe Kate Forbes’s performance?

    When, I first started listening to this I was concerned I wouldn't enjoy the audile version. I found the readers' child voice somewhat irritating, luckily this is only a short section of the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Louise
    Chichester, United Kingdom
    3/31/11
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    "AMAZING!!!"

    This is my favourite book and it was lovely having read to me :) Would thoroughly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Inspirational"

    Very good book, narrated well. Story line struck heart cords and characters makes you analyse yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Porter
    South Wales
    12/4/14
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    "A real love story, with extra levels below......"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yep.
    Gives plenty to think about and ponder after its done.....
    Hhmmmmm - what would I have done......
    I wonder.....

    It's well worth a read/listen


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

    The rescue scenes - harrowing yet gentle....


    Did Kate Forbes do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Narrations OK, but a little slow in pace I thought.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lump in throat several times - makes you think about your own life - and in a good way.

    And it's about you too - just read the book of Hosea....


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book to listen to, ponder, and apply to yourself - as well as following the characters and plot. The parallels with the book of Hosea in the Bible are there, but not at all overwhelming or intrusive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joan Thorpe-Anderson
    10/29/14
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    "Exciting, inspirational, thrilling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would most certainly recommend this audiobook to a friend. The story was gripping, very emotional, well written and well performed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well! I had vaguely heard the story of the prophet Hosea but never really thought about in any depth. However this story which was based on the life of the prophet, but based in the American gold rush era, was breathtaking. The story was gripping, I became so absorbed in the characters and I went through all the gamut of emotions possible whilst listening to it. The characters all had distinctive personalities and the way the author wove the religious theme into the storyline was magnetic and revealing in its application of the scripture. I didn't want it to end, even though I was longing to know what happened.


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

    Yes, I believe that this is probably her best performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to know the outcome and could have listen to it in one sitting but I paced myself as I wanted to savour it. In fact, I listened to it twice in a row.


    Any additional comments?

    I learnt so much from this book. Thank you Francine Rivers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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