Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Description from Amazon:
California’s gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep.
Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child, she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside.
Then she meets Michael Hosea, a man who seeks his Father’s heart in everything. Michael obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw.
But with her unexpected softening comes overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she no longer can deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does…the One who will never let her go.
Redeeming love was a bit shocking for a Christian romance but I thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down. I would expect a Christian romance to be preachy–with a side of cheese–but this book was edgy and dealt with a very serious subject matter.
I loved the hero, Michael, and his commitment to Angel even though she had a difficult time staying away from the prostitution lifestyle. The ultimate message of this book was beautiful and could be related to anyone struggling with a personal weakness.
I highly recommend this book to: lovers of Christian Romance.
“Love is the way back into Eden. It is the way back to life.”
“As gentle a man as he was, as tender as was his heart, there was nothing weak about Michael Hosea.”
“If you love me as you claim to, then you love her as well. She’s part of me. Do you understand? She’s part of my flesh and my life. When you say things against her, you say them against me. When you cut her, you cut me. Do you understand?”
4 out of 5 stars