The Masterpiece

Narrated by: Susan Bennett
Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (5,581 ratings)

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New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece.

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want - money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has.

The demons of Roman's past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn't know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist - an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it's as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together...until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship - and both their lives - forever.

©2018 Francine Rivers (P)2018 Recorded Books
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I LOVE IT! Next to The Mark of the Lion Series this has to be my favorite Francine Rivers book to date. Absolutely amazing! The way in which Francine Rivers thoroughly develops her characters and how they interact with the world around them is so dynamic. As college student majoring in Studio Art drawing and painting, l I felt such strong identification with the two main Characters! Highly recommend this book.

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Did not realize this was religious....

So, I found this on the top “fiction” list and it met my criteria... 13+ hours, top rated, fiction. I didn’t realize until halfway through the book this was not only a romance but a “come to Jesus” novel... up to that point I had simply thought being Christian was one of Grace’s character traits. The story itself was fine, it kept my interest, but I am not religious and was a bit alienated by the agenda of the book. I definitely wasn’t the right audience, and anyone seeking a religious or spiritual book should read!

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Wanted to love it but....

Redeeming love is one of my all time favorites so I was so excited to find this book. I’m not sure if it’s he narrator or the writing but the relationship between Grace and Roman is extremely boring, their conversations are so slow and drawn out nothing to make you understand the attraction between the two. It’s confusing how the author time hops in no particular order. The voice the narrator gave Roman was difficult to follow, sometimes he sounded Hispanic sometimes black sometimes you just couldn’t tell.
It was a nice Christian story of coming to Jesus, but no where near as good as Redeeming love.

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  • MW
  • 02-15-18

Fantastic read

I live how subtly the writer brings God into the story that moves the heart so! Fantastic book

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Entertaining

I listened at the recommendation of my sister. I don’t normally gravitate toward romance stories, but she said it was amazing so I bit. The characters are well developed and even though the plot was predictable, I admit I couldn’t put it down. It was a fun listen. I appreciated the fact that it was a fun, clean romance.

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Could not stop listening

Wonderful story of love and redemption that captivated me. Susan Bennett is an excellent narrator.

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Great Story

Rivers captures you on the first page. I did not see the twist coming but it could not have ended any other way!

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Loved it!!

I couldn’t put this book down. Francine has done it again. I love her characters. They’re not flat at all. Their complex and they change throughout the story. I’m amazed. What an awesome book!

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This is a Christian romance novel.

This sort of book should be identified in the description as what it is. There are probably separate categories for religious themed books but in the description there is no clue. This is not something I would ever have ordered if I knew in advance what it was. It is also described elsewhere as a romance novel but one has to look it up another way to discover this. Generally I prefer literature-not Romance novels. i will be returning it. Please put these details in the books description. Thanks

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Far from a Masterpiece

Predictable story, with highly stereotypical characters. I stuck with it hoping that it would evolve but finally reached the point where I just wanted it to be over.

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  • 02-28-18

A cracking storyline

The obvious and melodramatic language made me cringe throughout but the storyline was cracking. As always Francine Rivers encouraged me to looks further at my faith and point to God as I read her fiction

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-19

Life changing!!!!!

This book has changed my life on so many levels. Jesus saves he is the answer and this book reminds you.

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  • Simon Dahlqvist
  • 12-06-18

Wow, what a book!

Details on every page. Remarkable storyline. Multiple interesting climaxes. Rivers pulls of a great story of love once more!
If you love relaxing books about love, reality and drama this is a must read. I picked up this book to get stuck in a good story, teller me tell you, I don’t regret it for a second ;)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-18

Masterpiece indeed

I love the story. It is highly recommended to the teens and young adult groups.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-15-18

Truly A Masterpiece

I cried, repented, danced and loved every moment of this audiobook. Well done to the Author and Reader 💗

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  • K8V
  • 05-02-18

Love it

Francine Rivers never disappoints!!!
Love the story line and characters.
Reminder that God is in everything

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  • Mrs. L. Lawson
  • 04-27-18

Interesting

I like the story and could not wait to reached the end, however I wish life was that easy to change one personality if you becomes a child of god .

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  • Tracey
  • 04-17-18

Brilliant

I enjoyed this really good book. It was an interesting read, very well written and engaging.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-16-18

Excellent . Moving. Soul searching.

Title of my review says it all. just filling up words now so I can submit review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-30-18

Amazing Piece

This has brought back my love 4 reading. An excellent must read to young and old

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  • vivienne van der merwe
  • 08-06-18

masterpiece

this was a good book, easy to listen to and follow. nice characters. looking forward to more

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  • Al
  • 06-09-18

Wonderful

Another great book from a great author. Can't wait for her next one hope it won't be too long

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  • Kay Orchard
  • 04-25-18

Thought provoking & inspirational

I couldn't stop listening until the end. Had me reaching for the tissue box. Interesting story line.

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  • Yogi
  • 04-19-18

francine's words speak to my heart

Where does The Masterpiece rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

this is an enjoyable story with likeable characters. I found mysefl being uplifted in the hearing of it. It may not be the best novel ever written but I really wanted to keep listening

What did you like best about this story?

The way that the Christain characters in the book live out their faith unashamedly and the way they speak to each other makes a pleasant change to non christain novels I have read and enjoyed.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I would love to go to the "masterton homestead". If only there were more people around who could take in and love lost teenagers like that. I'm sure that is how Jesus planned for things to be.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

God's grace in action

Any additional comments?

I really liked the narrator's voice and her accented characters. If you do more of Francine's books please use Susan Bennett again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-18

Wonderful

I really enjoyed this book. It also challenged me to be a better Christian. Thank you!

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  • brittani herschell
  • 02-28-18

Review of The Masterpiece

This book was a beautiful read! It spoke of the love of God coming above all else and the way it portrayed redemption was beautiful for our day and age. The narrater was great at displaying the emotion behind the book and did a great job at being sensitive to the emotion.

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  • Martyn
  • 02-13-18

Brilliant

Totally engaging and rich with imagery and truths that will inspire you and those you share this story with. Enjoyed listening to this with my wife as time together sharing an emotional journey and connection. Lots of discussion starters and reminders of our story and love.