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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.
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
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!
I love listening to books:)
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.
A more interesting and MUCH shorter story line.
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.
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.
Annoyance and irritation.
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.
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!
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
This is my favourite book and it was lovely having read to me :) Would thoroughly recommend it.
Very good book, narrated well. Story line struck heart cords and characters makes you analyse yourself.
"A real love story, with extra levels below......"
Gives plenty to think about and ponder after its done.....
Hhmmmmm - what would I have done......
It's well worth a read/listen
The rescue scenes - harrowing yet gentle....
Narrations OK, but a little slow in pace I thought.
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....
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.
"Exciting, inspirational, thrilling"
I would most certainly recommend this audiobook to a friend. The story was gripping, very emotional, well written and well performed.
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.
Yes, I believe that this is probably her best performance.
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.
I learnt so much from this book. Thank you Francine Rivers.
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