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From the Back Cover
Her missteps bring her to his door.
New York Times bestselling 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Bestseller Rivers (Redeeming Love) brings unexpected faith to a fictionalized Banksy character in this ambitious novel. Roman Velasco is an artist who has his own studio, rising prestige, and large commissions―yet he keeps secret his life as the Bird, a renowned and elusive graffiti artist. Roman has searched for meaning in women, drink, and art but finds himself empty and angry. Enter Grace Moore, an emotionally wounded single mother who finds her meaning in God. She signs on as Roman’s personal assistant, eager for the job but not so sure about the temperamental artist. Rivers pits the brokenness of these two―Roman’s abandonment and trust issues and Grace’s guilt and pain―against each other and the power of Jesus. Although Rivers too often uses phrases such as “he muttered a four-letter word” in place of cruder words, and frequently reverts to what feels like Christian jargon (“Two people saved by grace. That makes you my brother in Christ.”), the tale will have her long-standing fans hooked. And the fully formed Roman will likely garner her new ones. (Publishers Weekly)
4.5 stars, Romantic Times Top Pick
The long wait between Francine Rivers’ novels is well worth it when the final page of this book is turned. Richly detailed characters with traumatic pasts are woven together with Biblical truths and redemptive themes. On the surface, this seems like a very basic romance, but when the layers are peeled back, each of the characters’ choices in the past and present are thoughtfully explored. As Roman and Grace learn about each other, the reader, too, learns about them as glimpses into their lives are revealed carefully as they relate to current experiences. This is an amazing, beautifully written tale to be savored and pondered and shared with others. (Romantic Times)
Best-selling Rivers (Bridge to Haven, 2014) presents a lengthy, emotionally uninhibited tale of childhood trauma and its affects in adulthood. She handles the difficult topics of addiction, emotional abuse, gang activity, and murder-suicide, all connected to children, with unapologetic directness. Her writing is grounded in conservative Christian values and touches on deeper points of theology and the afterlife. Readers will marvel at Rivers’ storytelling arc encompassing the reconciliation of gritty past misdeeds with the work in progress of a life of forgiveness. (Booklist)
Famous artist Roman Velasco battles his demons in the night as The Bird, a graffiti artist. This alter ego draws from Roman’s past before fame and fortune made him wealthy but empty inside. Grace Moore is a suddenly single mother who needs to work. After her husband’s betrayal, she finds comfort in her faith. When an opportunity comes her way to be the personal assistant to the reclusive Roman, Grace is cautious but hopeful that the opportunity will give her some much-needed security. Little does either of them know how much they need each other. VERDICT Rivers (Earth Psalms) is known for creating memorable characters whose brokenness serves as a pathway to redemption and finding faith in Jesus. This character-driven romance will enthrall her many fans. (Library Journal) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B073RS5MS6
- Publisher : Tyndale (February 6, 2018)
- Publication date : February 6, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 11312 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 433 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,935 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A good novel overall but sadly it fell very short (while I absolutely love The Mark of the Lion Series and Redeeming Love!) All four of those books are simply phenomenal with impactful, believable characters and spirituality that draws you closer to Christ. In The Masterpiece, however, something was lacking and I felt disappointed even after finishing the book. It is slightly derivative and dry.
The situations created weren’t realistic and were very predictable from the get go. Also, there was too much flipping back to Grace and Romans past ( Roman/Grace aged 7,10,15,20) which typically gave details that were already previously stated in the ‘present tense’ chapters right beforehand; so much that the facts became redundant and I honestly started skipping paragraphs because it was a repeat of what she’d already told us several times already. It became boring and tedious to read. The ink wasted would have been better spent on showing us Grace and Roman falling in love, gettting together, getting married etc. Instead, those details everyone wanted to know, were strewn on the very last pages as an afterthought in the epilogue. Even then SEVERAL questions are left unanswered and made me feel cheated.
(Spoiler alert) Is Roman Samuels bio father? That was the most interesting part of the entire book then it never developed any further. And what happened to Nicole who moved in with her boss? And the landscape Roman painted with Grace hidden in the picture? And Aunt Elizabeth’s sudden change of heart? Ugh frustration.
With the other Rivers books I’ve read (and re-read several times after) left me in tears and utterly moved. The masterpiece was dull, and not filled with the same spirit and complexity as the other novels.
I still love Francine Rivers, but sadly this book wasn’t really worth reading and won’t be re-read again.
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Similar to Redeeming Love – the main character, although deeply flawed, happens to be very ‘pleasing to the eye’ (my words). I think I would have found this novel more convincing if the author had let a not so good looking main character take centre stage - he was stinking rich so he still would have got the girls (so to speak!) so the same story could have been told.
I loved Redeeming Love because it is a novel about the fundamental human traits of good versus evil. Let’s face it good and bad are two characteristics most of us can identify with, in people and in their actions, and it t didn’t feel as if the novel was preaching to the reader. This book is way more basic than that. It is about heaven versus hell and how your life choices will dictate which way you are heading when you go to meet your maker. Now on one level that is fine, it is after all a work of fiction and when treated like one it is a pretty good read. However, on another level, if the reader were looking for some kind of spiritual guidance then this book is so clear cut in its standpoint ( if you ‘believe’ you are going to heaven if not you are going to hell) that I found it to be quite a blinkered viewpoint. There are after all many religions and extremism in any belief system in my mind suggests a limiting awareness of what is taking place around us. All of that said, if you are looking for an interesting romance set in the present day give it a read.