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Redeeming Love Paperback – May 9, 2005
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In this splendid retelling of the biblical story of Hosea, bestselling author Francine Rivers pens a heartbreaking romance between a prostitute and the upright and kind farmer who marries her; the story also functions as a reminder of God's unconditional love for his people. Redeeming Love opens with the Gold Rush of 1850 and its rough-and-tumble atmosphere of greed and desire. Angel, who was sold into prostitution as a child, has learned to distrust all men, who see her only as a way to satisfy their lust. When the virtuous and spiritual-minded Michael Hosea is told by God to marry this "soiled dove," he obeys, despite his misgivings. As Angel learns to love him, she begins to hope again but is soon overwhelmed by fear and returns to her old life. Rivers shines in her ability to weave together spiritual themes and sexual tension in a well-told story, a talent that has propelled her into the spotlight as one of the most popular novelists in the genre of Christian fiction. This is one of her best. --Cindy Crosby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Rivers has rewritten a secular historical romance of the same name (Bantam, 1991) for the Christian market, and it is a splendid piece of work exploring both physical love and a love of God. Angel, a young, hardened prostitute sold into "the life" as a child, has no interest in God or religion. Then she meets Michael Hosea, a devout Christian who tells her it is his mission to save her. After being badly beaten, Angel decides to take Michael up on his offer of marriage. Eventually, she learns not only to love Michael but to love God as well. There is not one false note in this wonderful novel. The publisher's foreword rates the book "PG" for its adult themes and subplots of rape and incest. However, these are handled with great sensitivity and are very much a part of the story's development. Very highly recommended for most libraries.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The main character is a young woman who was the illegitimate child of a father who wanted her aborted. Her mother's obsession with her married lover robs her daughter of the early nurturing and security she needs to develop emotionally. At eight years of age, the little girl is abandoned to a pedophile who trains her to be a prostitute in a mining town in the mid 1800's.
A young farmer falls in love with her at first sight and pledges to win her love and make her his wife. The greatest weakness of the novel is this unexplained "love" that drives the farmer to pursue her and forgive her betrayals. The reader has to suspend disbelief and just accept that some noble, God-directed agenda is at work here. Once the reader accepts that premise, the book improves immensely. The characters have complicated relationships with each other all involving the difference between love of self, others, and God and the role of forgiveness in maintaining each loving relationship.
The epilogue is a bit "preachy" and unnecessary. The book is worth the read if you can suspend disbelief long enough to enjoy the perceptive characterizations that follow.
As a writer myself, I tend to find flaws or mistakes in the story telling even when I'm not looking for them, but this book was so engrossing, that I only found one, and that was in the very beginning. And the book was so good anyway, that the little mistake didn't even matter to me by the next few pages! Beyond that, if there were any mistakes, I didn't notice them because I was too "into" it! It only took me three days to read this, and had it not been for tending to normal, everyday tasks and work, it wouldn't have even taken me that long.
There are really no vulgar or explicit parts, but it is a very mature read so it might not be appropriate for kids under 18 years old. I intend to pass it down to my daughter, but I will wait until I think she is ready for it. Redeeming Love is now my absolute favorite piece of literature of all time, and if I could give it more than five stars, I would!
I honestly didn't think I'd enjoy the story because Contemporary/YA novels have been my go-to for a while now. In addition, this was my first step into the Christian Fiction genre so I had no idea what to expect. However, I was IMMEDIATELY captured by the story and could not put this book down. If you plan to read, definitely save it for a weekend off. You'll be too eager to see what happens next to focus on anything else! lol
Redeeming Love is a beautifully written story. One that will move you while reading and stick with you in the future. I've purchased two copies: one for my shelf and another to lend out to all my friends.