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Not So Wild a Dream Paperback – October, 1986

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace Books (October 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441586392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441586394
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,462,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"New York Times" best-selling author Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, a mother of three, and an established romance novelist. Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote "Redeeming Love" as her statement of faith. First published by Bantam Books and then rereleased by Multnomah Publishers in the mid-1990s, this retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea, set during the time of the California Gold Rush, is now considered by many to be a classic work of Christian fiction. Redeeming Love continues to be one of the CBA's top-selling titles, and it has held a spot on the Christian best-seller list for nearly a decade. Since "Redeeming Love," Francine has published numerous novels with Christian themes--all best sellers--and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for numerous honors, including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, and the Holt Medallion in Honor of Outstanding Literary Talent. In 1997, after winning her third RITA Award for inspirational fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame. Francine's novels have been translated into over 20 different languages, and she enjoys best-seller status in many foreign countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, and South Africa. Francine and her husband, Rick, live in northern California and enjoy time spent with their three grown children and taking every opportunity to spoil their grandchildren. Francine uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and she desires that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By mialexa on October 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Very beautiful book. Romance with a high degree of realism. Mrs Rivers has always been able to potray human nature in all its nuances. This book was heading towards her Christian novels. She was feeling conflicted in her home and spiritual life and this book shows that conflict. She brings up issues of God and love and lust in new ways. The traditional bad boy hero is not treated the same way as in her past romances, or indeed in the romance novel genre. This is a thoughtful and complex romance novel, symbolic of Mrs Rivers transition into a Christian novelist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Em Knowell on November 27, 2009
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Johanna Lindsay is quoted, on the cover of this book, as saying that Tempest McLaren is an unforgettable heroine. I couldn't agree more! Born during a storm to a Native-American-Indian mother, and a Scottish father, Tempest is aptly named. Sadly her mother dies young, leaving her to be raised by her less-than-competent father. She grows up to be very beautiful, but as fierce as a wild animal. During her teens, her father sells her to a farmer for almost nothing. This starts a running theme throughout the book, of Tempest being abandoned by men, in some way or another. Luckily she's a fighter, with strong survival skills, and a sharp wit that one can't help but admire. Altogether there are three love-interests in her life. The first, is the farmer (a big, broad christian) who teaches her to trust him, and also teaches her about God. The second man, is a sexy entrepreneur, who tutors her in a different way...lets just say that the pages fairly sizzle. Yet he proves to be a disappointment in more ways than one. The third man is the best. He's a big, strong Swede. A man of honour and integrity, but with strong sex appeal - a true hero. Francine Rivers touches on some serious issues in this book, such as religion, racism, and politics. But ultimately, this is a story about unconditional love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By warriorprincess on August 16, 2013
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I have read all of Francine Rivers's Christian books and several of her pre-Christian books. This one is my favorite. I believe that it is even better than Redeeming Love. It follows the life of a young girl named Tempest. Tempest is half white and half Indian. Her father is a bit unpredictable, and Tempest is not accepted by society. When she is fourteen, her father sells Tempest to another man for five gold dollars and a bottle of whiskey. The book follows Tempest's life as she tries to survive and find love and acceptance. She meets three different men who each love her in their own way, and each teach her something about life.
Even though this book is gritty, you can still see Francine River's Christian beliefs in this book. Tempest searches for God, and her search for acceptance is really her search for peace and acceptance from God. She learns the truth about Jesus's love through some unlikely sources as she grows and matures.
If you want to read an unforgettable book about a true survivor, pick this one up.
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I picked this book because I wanted to see what Francine Rivers wrote before she got saved. This book is not written by a Christian, but if you can get pass the bad words and using God's name in vain and sex. But the best read book I had in a long time. And To see how a person’s life can be changed by God is wonderful. Love does cover all of our sins.
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