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Author: Francine Rivers
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ISBN-13: 9781576739945
ISBN-10: 1576739945
Publication Date: 5/30/2001
Edition: Abridged
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  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
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4.8 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: Multnomah
Book Type: Audio Cassette
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I have never read Francine Rivers before so I didn't know what to expect. This book was amazing. Taking place during the California Gold Rush, it is the story of Sarah (Angel) who has lived a terrible life for her 18 years, living as a prostitute in a poor, scrappy frontier town and Michael Hosea the man who sees her in the street and is determined to make her his wife. He rescues her from a brothel after she is beaten and restores her back to health physically but finds it impossible to heal her spirit. She plays tug of war with Michael and God until the very end. I read this book in two days and wish I had slowed down. It is based on the story of Hosea in the Bible. The story displays God's powerful love for his people and the struggle Angel and Michael go through when they don't want to listen to Him.
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The beginning of this book is very dark and hard to read. The main character is subjected to one heartache after another and then abused in ways that are unimaginable to most.

The book then skips ahead in time and meets up with the character who is now older, jaded, and hopeless. In the midst of this, her hero enters the scene and a overblown and completely unrealistic romance novel begins.

Other characters enter the book. Some show love and others continue to victimize her. Two of these new characters, one "good" girl falls in love with the man who continued to victimize the main character. Here is where I gave up on the book. I finished reading it because it was a book that my book club was reading, so I made it to the melodramatic end that was only fit for a cheap romance novel.

While this book may bear the title "Redeeming Love", there was nothing that I loved about it and it possessed little redemptive value.
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This is an incredible book. The whole story is an awesome picture of God's redeeming love for all of us. Even after finishing the book, I'm still thinking about it and can't get it off my mind. One word of caution: You may want to skip reading the Prologue of this book if you are sensitive in nature. The Prologue tells you how the main character, Angel, became the way she is, but you don't have to read the Prologue to understand the rest of the book.
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SHORT REVIEW:This was a fantastic book, but a word of caution: this book is not for teenagers, for anyone who struggles with lust, or for anyone who does not wish to be exposed to some very mature sexual concepts. While the book is not graphic, it is mature. Exercise discernment.
LONGER REVIEW:The book has been heralded as wonderful - as it is - but it contains some very mature subject matter, mostly sexual.
I would not recommend this book for a teenager, for someone who is unmarried, or who wouldn't wish to be exposed to mature sexual concepts. Like the actual book of Hosea, it does deal with prostitution - but becomes more descriptive. It deals with marriage - including the intimate aspects. And there is more than one instance of rape, pedophilia, etc. Evil and wickedness is not at all celebrated, and I wouldn't even say that it is gratuitous, but it isn't "glossed over" either.
This is a book that should be approached with discernment - and a thorough biblical understanding. It is not at all a replacement for the healing counsel of the Holy Spirit. There is also a risk of idolizing the main male protagonist, and feeling disappointed with "real men," just as many romance novels tend to create expectations near-perfection in our minds.
Again, this book is wonderful. The allegory for Christ's role as our kinsman-redeemer, as our faithful lover, is beautiful. The characters' thought processes are real, and familiar. But it should be approached with wisdom, and again, biblical understanding.
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I absolutely loved this book. The story is amazing. A story of true love, kindness, patience, heartache, conflict, pain, selfishness, self-hate, redemption, acceptance and overcoming. In the beginning we learn that Angel is a prostitute and a man who loves the Lord falls in love with her and through a series of events makes her his wife. I couldn't put this book down. I started it one Saturday afternoon when my daughter was sick and I couldn't put it down. This is a must read!
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This is one of the most amazing books I have ever read (and I usually hate Christian fiction). It is a retelling of the Hosea story in the Bible--but set during the Gold Rush. Sounds weird, I know. I was reluctant to buy the premise as well. However, it just works and I cried my way through the book. Fantastic. Highly recommended.
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I read this book the first time in three days. I could NOT put it down! I was surprised by the honesty with which the prostitute's experiences were portrayed. I found it gratifying to find such honesty in a Christian novel. Francine Rivers is frank about sin and also about it's resolution. She's a brilliant writer, and this is a beautiful novel. I also HIGHLY recommend her "Mark Of The Lion" series.
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The beginning of this book is very dark and emotionally hard to read. The main character is subjected to one heartache after another and then abused in ways that are unimaginable to most.

The book then skips ahead in time and meets up with the character who is now older, jaded, and hopeless. In the midst of this, her hero enters the scene and an overblown and completely unrealistic romance novel begins.

Other characters enter the book. Some show love and others continue to victimize her. Two of these new characters, one "good" girl falls in love with the man who continued to victimize the main character -- Here is where I gave up on the book. I finished reading it because it was a book that my book club was reading, so I made it to the melodramatic end that was only fit for a cheap romance novel.

While this book may bear the title "Redeeming Love", there was nothing that I loved about it and it possessed little redemptive value.
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One of my new favorite books, but i'm willing to part with it to pass the story on to others. It is based on the story of Hosea in the bible, so not one for the faint of heart. Takes place in California's gold rush era in 1850. Great detail to scenery and story line, really made me feel like I was there while I was reading it.
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This novel and _Leota's Garden_ tie for the best Francine Rivers' novels (IMO). Historical fiction set during the California gold rush, this novel is a "modern" retelling of the Gomer and Hosea story ... Angel was sold into prostitution as a child and Micheal Hosea is a man of God who wishes to redeem her. Great romance, lots of conflict (internal and external) within the characters and between the characters.
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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.
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If I wrote page after page of how much I LOVED this book, it still would still only capture half of what I truly felt during and after reading this novel. Such a wonderful read for a renewal of your spirit. Such a wonderful love story between man and woman, God and woman, and God and man. So many lessons to learn here! Thank you Francine Rivers for sharing your gift of writing with the rest of us!
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This was my first foray into Christian Fiction. I had it sitting on my bookshelf for a while, but it just didn't appeal to me based on the cover. Well, it's true, don't judge a book by it's cover!

Redeeming Love is the story of Angel...or Amanda or Tirzah or Sarah depending on which point in the story you are. It takes place during the California Gold Rush. Angel is a prostitute in a town in California when Micheal Hosea sees her in the street and is determined to make her his wife. Quite an unlikely scenario given he is a good Christian farmer and she lives in a brothel.

The story takes you back and shows you how Angel ended up where she is. She had a horrific childhood that I just can't imagine. But Angel does not give up this life easily. She is determined at first that all she is is a prostitute. She runs away from Michael's farm multiple times. She causes a rift between Michael and his brother-in-law. Her heart is hardened and she is determined to not let anyone in.

Michael loves her and stands by her and rescues her time and time again despite her resistance towards him. It is a great story that is reflective of the kind of love everyone is searching for. The kind of love that doesn't judge and accepts you completely.

It is a great story with lots of twists and turns along the way. At some points I found myself frustrated because I thought their love for each other was too much. But the story sucks you in and just when you think things are getting wrapped up, the author throws another twist in there.

I highly recommend this book even if you aren't a Christian. I don't think it is too "preachy" and either way it is a great story that is sure to get you hooked.
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This has to be my alltime favorite Francine Rivers book. It was a powerful story of love and repentence. Highly recommended!
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Fantastic book! A story of a woman who believes herself unworthy of love due to her terrible childhood experiences. The first chapter grabs the reader's attention but is difficult emotionally to read. The book continues to get better as the story progresses! The writing is great,the characters and setting are realistically written, and the story line keeps the reader involved right up to the end.
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Christian fiction at it's best! Francine Rivers paints a real picture of our broken world as well as the brokeness in ourselves in her retelling of the book of Hosea. Yet through that brokeness God is always at work for "his beloveds." It has inspired me to pick up my bible and read the book of Hosea for myself. I will definitely be reading more by this author.
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LOVE it! Love it! I am not a huge book reader, especially 'love stories'. This book is captivating...hard to put down, even from the first chapter. I read the whole thing in just a metter of days...and I passed it on to my Mom who read it in just a couple days.
A definite must-read for a woman who wants to better understand how God can unconditionally love us. (Parallels the book of Hosea in the Bible)
Not a read for younger persons as it deals with some older themematic elements, but not in a perverted, worldy way.
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I consider this among my top five favorite books I've ever read, and as a former English teacher and a school librarian for 15 years, that's saying something. The story of Hosea and Gomer set in goldrush America makes for a beautiful love story. I love everything Francine Rivers has written, but this is by far my all-time favorite. You don't have to know the Biblical basis for this story to appreciate it, but knowing that story makes it even more interesting.
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This is an amazing book! Not only is it an engrossing story to read that keeps you reading and reading, but it reminds you that God is there with you every day watching over you and that he has a plan for you and your loved ones. I think I can say that I recommend this book for everyone and thank God for it coming to me so quickly!
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A POWERFUL ROMANCE
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Francine Rivers is the best Christian fiction writer I've discovered. This book is an amazing and powerful metaphor of God's redemption available to us. I won't be reposting this one as I plan to re-read it in future!
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This book is an amazing story of love and the power of god. Rivers takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions that you dont want to get off of. I didnt realize until after reading that this is a story in the bible, since I am a new christian I loved learning the basic of this bible story in this believable fashion.
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This is one of the best romantic novels that I have ever read. You will find yourself staying awake past bedtime to read a little more...then a little more. It's definitely a page-turner. You think you know what will happen, but then it doesn't. It is very family friendly, with no bad language, but gets across the message of true love. A love that will last until death & beyond.
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Plot: This book is loosely based on the Bible story of Hosea. It shows one mans undying love for his wife, and mirrors the unabated love of God for His children.

Characters: From the very first words, until the very last, you follow Angel on a journey to find herself, God, and what it truly means to love and be loved. You see into her soul and you feel her pain and her joy. You see her character evolve into what she never thought she would ever be able to become

Themes: There are two equally important themes in this book; love and forgiveness. Throughout the book, Angel had to learn both. She had to learn how to love and be loved by both her husband and God. She also had to learn to accept the forgiveness offered to her by both.

Emotion: From page one, this book drips with emotion. You feel every emotion that Angel feels. You can feel the emotion of Michael as well. From his desire for his wife, to the pain he feels when she leaves. Every last emotion jumps off the pages and lands right into the heart of the reader.

Overall: This book leaves you enraptured from the very beginning. You are left sucked in to Angel's life as a child and the tragedy that sends her on a downward spiral. It's a hard book to put to down. You're left thinking about the story even when you're not reading it. And you can even begin to see traces of it in your own life.
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This book was incredible! I loved every page.
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one of those books I couldn't put down. I'm sharing with several of my friends. Francine Rivers is one of the best authors of books with Christian Themes.
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Very surprised at how I was swept up by this book. The cover would have turned me away instantly if someone I greatly respect hadn't recommended the book. Very interesting story about a woman's inability to forgive herself and find her own value until she finally starts to give in to what a man who loves her and his Savior have been telling and showing her. Good read!
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I did like this book, but perhaps my expectations were just too high because it was a little dissapointing for me. I expected a more realistic story. I like Christian literature, but I want it the characters to be "real" and Michael Hosea, in my opinion, was not. Nor was the Altman family. A little too perfect, a little too charmed, a little too . . . .ideal.

Not quite the book I expected. Time would have been better spent with another.
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Francine Rivers captures your heart with this novel of love that helps one understand the incredible love Jesus has for His children. The anology is incredible and you can't put the book down!
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What a FANTASTIC book!! But then isn't EVERYTHING by Francine Rivers fantastic?
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This is an awesome book. What an amazing picture of God's redeeming love for us. It deals with tough subject matter- the girl is a prostitute that was sold into sex slavery as a child, set in the gold rush era in California, but based on the biblical story of Hosea. Definately not a read for a young person but it is a story that will touch your heart deeply. I shed many tears reading this story.
GREAT book. It's my first Francine Rivers book, but I will be reading more!!
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What a wonderful book! It is one that you can't put down until the very end! What a beautiful retelling of the book of Hosea! Would recommend to anyone who loves a good book.
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GOD LOVES US ALL!

THIS IS A HEART PULLING STORY THAT TEACHES US TO LOVE AND FORGIVE OURSELVES NO MATTER WHAT OUR PAST HAS HIDDEN.

Everyone can relate to Angel in this story because we all have things we are not proud to share or remember. Francine Rivers pulls Gods love and the faithfulness of a man named Michael Hosea.

It is a must read!

NEW! A six-part study guide, suitable for individual use or group discussion, is included in this bestselling novel.

Setting: A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep.
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One of my absolute favorites! Definitely on my keeper shelf! I really loved this book, and it really keeps you interested. It also makes you think about your own life in a good way. Awesome book!
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I must be the only person who hated this book. I found it to be poorly written and blatantly plagiarized. Half of the characters are directly lifted from Steinbeck's "East of Eden." The whole Godly-man-loves-self loathing-hooker thing was done better in a sappy LaVyrle Spencer book. Parts of it even reminded me of the old John Wayne movie "North to Alaska" right down to the names. Overall, a load of unimaginative, unoriginal, boring crap that would only appeal to you if you actually watch Lifetime movies... Blech. Go check out "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" while you're at it.
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A very good book!
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A Story of Love That Won't Let Go - No Matter What!

Californias 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 Fathers heart in everything. Michael obeys Gods call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angels every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw.

Love, Love, Love this book!!!

Did I say I Loved this book?! I would give it 10 stars but they only offer 5.

I give this book (the revised edition) to all the girls I know that are graduating. I have also passed this on to my two daughter in laws since coming in the family. One has read it 5 times and the other has told me she cried (I'm sure they both did). My own daughter received a copy last year, 2012, for her very own.
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Excellent story with a message for everyone about the power of love, especially God's love to change lives. The author did a wonderful job in making an old story new and relevant.
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wonderful depiction of Hosea and God's love
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This is my ALL-TIME favorite book EVER. I am not a fan of fiction books but i could NOT put this book down BOTH times I read it (i just started reading a third time). WOW. As I read this book I saw within the lead character sooo many girls and women that I know. So many women who have been sexually abused and thought that they have no value. So many girls who believe that they are "dead" inside and don't deserve to be happy. So many girls who have been abused and now see sex as a way to control or have power over men. I cried for this girl in the story who represents SO many women that i know. It reminded me to give GRACE towards women who prostitute themselves whether they are not out right being paid or not - women use sex to get things they want - attention, money, nice things. These women - what has happened in their lives to get them to that point? What has happened to them to make them so numb to this? This book tells the story of one girl and the man who set out to love her regardless of her past. Its the story of the book of Hosea in the Bible but told during the gold rush era. God tells this man that she - this prostitute - is to be his wife. This man has saved himself for his wife only to find out the woman he has been saving himself for has been with hundreds of men. But he loves HER anyway. Not her body... HER. He seeks after her, he redeems her from that life, and he seeks out to love her unconditionally. Just as Christ continually seeks after us no matter how many times we walk away. Every woman was once that little girl who was hurt and abused... but every woman is a child of the king and deserves to be treated as such.
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One of my favorites of the year. AWESOME! I loved it!
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I LOVED this book. It is one of my all-time favorite books and I don't care for romance novels at all. I recommend it to everyone.
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The first Francine Rivers book that I read was A Voice In The Wind. I loved it and decided to read more of her books. Everyone seemed to be raving about Redeeming Love, so I decided to give it a try. I read the "redeemed" version, and I couldn't really get into it. Somehow, the characters didn't seem real. They seemed...stiff. It wasn't until later that I realized that there was an original version. I managed to find a copy, and WOW! It has become my favorite book. It is the same story, but somehow it seems so different. I love the characters and the way their relationship grows. I would definately reccomend this book to anyone (over the age of 21.)
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A Story of Love That Won't Let Go - No Matter What!

Californias 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 Fathers heart in everything. Michael obeys Gods call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angels every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw.

I have this copy and the newer revised version. This copy was the first Christian book she had done since becoming a believer. Because she was a romance writer before she was saved some of the words in the edition are a little choicy (if that's a word). However, this is my all time favorite book.

I give this book (the revised edition) to all the girls I know that are graduating. I have also passed this on to my two daughter in laws since coming in the family. One has read it 5 times and the other has told me she cried (I'm sure they both did). My own daughter received a copy last year, 2012, for her very own.

Wonderful, Wonderful Book!This is my all time favorite book. I am in love with this story! Fantastic!!!
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This book is SO AWESOME! Even though it reveals the undesirable side of the life of a prostitute, it makes the picture of God's love toward His Bride so much clearer - all his patience, love and endurance he gives to His Bride. This was the first book that I ever keep updating my husband on as I read it. :-)
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This was a true love story! Redeeming love, unconditional love. I couldn't put the book down. Loved it. This is a book I will keep on my shelf and share with people I trust will return it, because I will read it again. ;-)
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The best book I have ever read (3 times) you must read this book...its one to keep on your shelf and not part with.
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I LOOOVE this book! I am usually not a big fan of romance novels, but this one is such a powerful allegory of God's love that I couldn't put it down. I am always having to get more copies of it because whenever I lend it out to someone she likes it so much that I never get it back!
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Wonderful, wonderful story! I've read this twice, and both times got very engrossed in the story! Great modernized (sort of) Biblical story!
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This one is heartwrenching but it weaves a beautiful story of God's redemptive nature.
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An amazing story about the unconditional love of a husband. Could not put this book down. All of my friends have read it this and loved it. It will bless you!
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This is my all time favorite book. I would give this 5 stars. This was the first book I've read by this author, now I've read almost all of her work. Truly wonderful story.
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I just got done reading this story and it really touched me. It is very hard reading the horrible things that happen to children and they have no control over their upbringing, it is heartbreaking. To see someone with so much love in the lord that is able to change someones veiw on life is a blessing to anyone. I loved the love stories involved and hope everyone else enjoys it as much as I did.
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This book was recommended to me and so glad I read it..It's a wonderfully written story..
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O...MG! The book Redeeming Love isindescribable. Its on a shelf all by itself. I never thought I would read a Christian love story and say it was one of the best books I ever read, I need smut and alphas mixed with a little emotional angst and then more smut and that is a good book or even a great book to me. RL had zero smut although definitely adult themes such as rape, prostitution, adultery. The hero Michael was godlike with a gentle forgiving heart, no rake-like qualities in sight. There definitely was lots of emotional heartbreaks, by page 40 my chest ached from the huge lump in my throat, I had no idea how I was going to get through the next 430 pages, but the story is so incredible and inspirational that it will stick with me for a long, long time. It was thought provoking, heart wrenching, and deeply moving.

The heroine, Angel, went by many names throughout the story depending on her reactions to her life events and trials. Angel has a life that is worse than hell, her father wishes she was aborted, her mother dies at a young age causing Angel to be sold into prostitution at the age of 8. She is so degraded, she rejects God, feels she is an empty shell and wants to die by the age of 18. Enter Michael, a human angel, sent to her by God to give Angel his unconditional love, marry her and show her the way back home. He was so perfect that every time Angel made a stupid decision you wished you could shake some sense into her because Michael loved her so passionately and didnt deserve all the pain Angel caused him.

Though it is a religious story and there are a lot of references to the bible I did not feel it was preachy, just tender and beautiful. The last 50 pages did get a little deeper in the religious undertones, but I was okay with it because the moral of the story was so great and uplifting. I cant recommend this book enough, dont let the Christian theme turn you off, and this is coming from a person who loves erotica and bodice rippers.
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My favorite Francine River book - truly exceptional. I've read this 5 times over the past several years, and still enjoy picking it up and reading again. What an amazing story of God's love for each of us, even those that think they are completely unlovable. Francine Rivers has a way of grabbing the reader and keeping you wanting more, page after page.
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This is my all-time favorite book. Francine Rivers paints a beautiful fictional story about Hosea. This book is a love story above all love stories. It was very easy to read and I would recommend it without hesitation.
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Francine Rivers is one of my favorite authors. This book is an allegory of the book of Hosea in the Bible. It is such a tender account of the unconditional love one man has for a very difficult woman, not unlike the unconditional love our God has for us. I have read it before but wanted to again, and I will probably read it many more times.
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Such an amazing book. Some pieces are a bit harsh, and hard to read, but life isn't always so happy either. It shows some of the worst things that can happen to a person, but also how no matter what's been done to or by you, God still has "redeeming love." It took me a while to decide to post it, and I only do so to help spread this to others. This also got me interested in the story of Hosea and Gomer and brought it much more to life in my eyes.. All in all, a wonderful book, that any Christian, or believer struggling with their past should most definately read. Powerful!!!!! <3<3<3
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Excellent book! This book turned me onto Francine Rivers novels. She is so amazing and this book is a great story! As well as a wonderful testament to us because it shows how much God really loves us. Even when we continue to disappoint, and turn away. He still loves us and pursues us :)
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I love this book! I've read it before and plan to read it again!
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Although some of the details of the main character's life were hard to read, it just made it that more precious of a story. I wish I hadn't read it so fast. It's would have been better for me if I had slowed down and savored it. I'll have to re-read it again in a couple of months.
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This book was well written and worth reading. Rivers was able to incorporate the story of Hosea in a very different setting, yet the theme of God's everlasting love permeates the story.
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This was my first Francine Rivers' book. It wont be my last. I highly recommend it!
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This is an outstanding books, one of my all time favorites. A must read!
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I was so riveted by this story, I could not put the book down until I had read it entirely. The plots, characters, etc. are so wonderful. This book has given me a different outlook on people in my life, myself and also a deeper appreciation for the unconditional love of God.

Francine Rivers took timeless bibical themes and beautifully portrayed them and brought to life these unforgettable characters. Formost, she portrayed the unconditional love of God. This is truly a powerful work.
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WOW!!! I can not say enough about this book! It was recommended to me, and I could not put it down! This is Ms. Rivers' first venture into the Christian genre, and I think she's found her niche!
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Loved it!!!!!
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One of the best books I have ever read. Always recommending it to others and always keep a copy on my bookshelves
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POWERFUL and AMAZING BOOK! This was my first Francine Rivers book and I had seen the great reviews and was excited to receive it. However, I could not have imagined being so moved by a book! I got the feeling while reading it that God was touching my heart through this book. It was so hard to put the book down. I wanted to re-read it as soon as I finished.
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This is the best book i have read in years.
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"A powerful retelling of the book of Hosea, Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God's unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love."
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I just finished this book, and absolutely LOVED IT! I had a hard time putting it down and did not want the book to end!
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I checked this book out from the library and after reading it I wanted it to add to my own collection. It has a lot of Christian ideals in it and I loved Francine's thoughts at the end.
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I don't like romance novels and I'm still unsure why I even cracked opened Redeeming Love, especially with a title like that, let alone continue reading but I found it to be a beautiful book and well worth the read. Its set in the 1850's and based loosely on the biblical book of Hosea.

The novel follows a young girl as she grows from small child to adult. Her father hated her before she was born and left her and her mother - her father's mistress, to fend for themselves in a cruel and unwelcoming society. That pain carried throughout the heroine's life; she was sold into child prostitution and subsequently into her marriage.

If you're open to it youll go on a journey that delves into pain, loss, guilt, forgiveness, finding oneself, and the heartache that can come from judging others.

I was captivated from the beginning and couldn't put it down. The book cover might be corny yet the story itself was anything but. I was definitely moved, so much so that I still think about it days after finishing the last page.
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Out of all the books I've read thus far, Redeeming Love is top on my list. It is a must have book!!!
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The best book I have ever read. Every woman or girl should read this at some point in their lives!
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A powerful story of God's love!! Great details!!
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This is one of the best books I have ever read in my whole life. It will make you cry, smile, & realize how much the Lord is present in your life. It is a wonderful romance novel & I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great romance.
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Love It! Great Read!
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I'm 14 and I LOVED this book. It brought out so many good points that I had never thought about before. I was enthralled by Michael's devotion to Angel, but especially to God. Michael did so much for Angel, but he still put God before her. "Redeeming Love" may be fiction, but there are many lessons that can be easily applied to life today.
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This is a great book. It is a book about the unwavering love and forgiveness God shows for us no matter what. Definitely has a strong message.
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It's had to put into words how amazing this book is. Many of my friends had been talking about it, so I decided to check it out from the library. Before I had even finished reading the library book, I went on paperback and got added Redeeming Love to my Wish List. It was extremely hard to put down...I stayed up too late many nights! This was my first Rivers book I read and I instantly become a fan of hers. GREAT READ.
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The best book I've ever read so far. A MUST read!
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BEST BOOK YOU WILL EVER READ! I COULDNT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! AMAZING, EVERYONE MUST READ IT!
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I just love this authors writing. She makes the bible come alive so vividly, while telling these amazing stories that pull you in and break you down, make you cry, make you look inside yourself and turn to God, and then build you back up again. This particulary story tells an amazing tale about a young women who has survived unspeakable horrors and gets an unconditional chance at love and redemption, ultimately bringing a sense of hope.
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This was by far the BEST book I've ever read!! Even if I wasn't a Christian I am sure I would still love this book. I put off reading this book (due to the size) for months, even after it was recommended to me by several different people. Then after I finished reading it I found I was still wishing their was more!! Not bad when you consider this is a pretty large book (at least for me) What a Beautiful repesentation of a story from the Bible! Highly recommend!
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This book is the best, and most thought-provoking, book I have ever read. I recommend it to both male and female readers, no matter what their preference for genre. This is a beautifully-written book, and it has a most profound effect on all those I know who have read it. I have a friend who was so enamored of this book that she read it three times, one right after the other, and has since read it again.

The storyline would be beautiful as a standalone, but interwoven, as it is, with deep symbolism makes this a book you will never forget - nor will you wish to. This book will forever sit at the top of my "keeper" shelf. I have an extra copy which I will loan out to others.
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Francine Rivers best book ever! The forward said it would make me laugh and cry. Yeah right! But guess what?
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Very good book
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This is a retelling of the Book of Hosea. It is an excellent book, mind you I am no fan of romance novels. The book was given to me by a friend, and I was not enthusiastic at first about reading it, but once I got into the book I really did enjoy it.

"Simply put, REDEEMING LOVE is the most powerful work of fiction you will ever read." - Liz Curtis Higgs

"...REDEEMING LOVE is spellbinding." - Patsy Clairmont
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Great book showing God's wonderful redeeming love.
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This is an excellant love story. Will keep you glued to the book for hours...
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This was a great book!! As a Christian, I felt it was a beautiful portrayal of Christ's love and forgiveness for his people. This was represented by a man led by God to marry a harlot who repeatedly returned to prostitution. My secular book club read this book and unanimously gave it a "thumbs up".
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This is one of the best stories of redemption that I have ever read. It chronicles the story of a harlot bought out of slavery and her journey to healing. Beautiful.
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Great Book!!! Loved it:):):)
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It was horrible and wonderful. It broke my heart, made me angry, made me laugh and made me cry.
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One of my favorite books. Excellent writing. Beautiful story of God's unconditional love and commitment to us.
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Great book. I loved it!
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This is by far one of the most amazing books I've ever read! The horror and tragedy suffered in the life of the main character since she was a small child will leave you in tears. You heart will ache for the evil that she endured, and then continues to allow herself to experience due to her lack of self worth. Even more amazing is the true love that is offered to her and the incredible second chance that she is given. I have given a copy of this book to every incredible woman in my life ~ my grandmother, my mom, my sister, and my girlfriends! This story has changed our lives! You will be a better person for reading this book! I guarantee it!
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This is by far my favorite book of all time. I have read it 3 or more times. It is an amazing picture of God's unconditional love and forgiveness. If you haven't read Redeeming Love...don't wait another minute!
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This is a fictionalized"retelling" of the story of Hosea and Gomer from the bible. It's a beautiful love story reset in the west during the Gold Rush.At times it seems to go a little slowly but the story itself and most of the people you meet in the book are well worth the read. There are parts that are not pleasant to read, peoples inhuman treatment of others etc. but not done for shock value, but rather that's how it happened to many.I would recommend it to friends .... in fact I did. Our Book Club is reading it this month and from the feedback I've heard from friends they love it.
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This is my most favorite story ever. This book has me in tears every time I read it. It is a great story of unconditional love and finding one's purpose in life. It also touches on learning to love yourself reguardless of the horrors of your past. I LOVE this book!!!!!
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An amazing story of unconditional love...hands down one of my favorite books
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This story is so awesome. I cried buckets!
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Francine Rivers always writes a really good story. Very very entertaining.
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The story of Gomer gone western. Great read!
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Excellent book!
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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. A powerful retelling of the Book of Hosea, Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God's unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.
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A beautiful and heart-rending retelling of the prophet Hosea's life. Amazing!
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Another great read by Francine Rivers. Hard to put down and very satisfying to complete!
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Terrific story!!! I couldn't put the book down from the first page... You will definately become involved with this story coming from the Bible from the Book of Hosea... God telling him to choose a harlot woman to love.... with the setting in the 1800's in the new frontier California... Angel will learn how to accept love, love, and know where the greatest love comes from... A must read especially if you love to read stories of Francine Rivers... smile, dg
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Great read!
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Fabulous book of TRUE love!!! The retelling of the Book of Hosea from the Bible.
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One of the best books I've read in a while.
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An excellent, amazing story ... I loved it!
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I was thrilled to find a Christian fiction book so well written that it gripped my heart from beginning to end. This will go down on my list of favorite books of all time. While reading, I often found myself crying and praying. It's historical western setting (which I do not enjoy) gives you a different view of the book of Hosea. It is an absolutely heartwarming story that I could not put down once started. The leading male role became a model of what to look for in a Godly man. It is one of the most touching books I have ever read.
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This is a book that every christian novel lover should read.
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The saga of a prostitute from the California gold rush country, 1850's, searches for redemption and the love of God and an honest husband. Wonderful reading- very difficult to put down!
Elaine
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One of the best books by one of my favorite authors. It was great!
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This book really touched my heart. It is powerfully written with highly developed characters and intimate dialog. Wonderful story!
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One of my VERY favorite books of all time! Absolutely would recommend this book to EVERYONE!
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Great Book. A Must Read!
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Fantastic book - a must read!
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This is by far one of the best books I have ever read!
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Very powerful and beautifully written. I can't count how many times I cried, usually because something just hit home. Francine Rivers is a great writer.
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One of the bet books I've read. Brings a Book from the Bible to life even if you don't know the story you would enjoy this love story. Recommend to all.
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An amazing book! One of my absolute favorites! I have read it 4 times and could read it again right now!
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This is a charming love story--it will stay in your memory long after the book is finished. Hosea and Angel an unlikely pair that God has put together. Chances and changes according to the will of God. Every woman needs a Godly man like Hosea in their life. I can understand now why this book stays on the best selling Christian fiction list. This is a must read.
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Francine Rivers is one of my favorite authors
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A powerful retelling of the book of Hosea, Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God's unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.
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This was my first Christian book and I must say it is without a doubt my favorite book of all-time! The message is so clear and further confirms God's love for his children. A must read!
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I loved this book! The story has a powerful message and it's easy to take it to heart!! The story moves at a quick pace so you do not have time to get bored.
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This is a lovely retelling of a biblical tale; good historical fiction. It has a definite Christian message but not overbearingly so. While the outcome is predictable, the telling of the story is genuinely and clearly written. An enjoyable read.
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Loved this book. Enough sizzle without being graphic.
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Don't miss this one.
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Taking place in the 1850's good rush, the story of men who lusted after gold and the women who sold themselves to these men.
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California's gold country,1850.Atime 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.
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This is an excellent read. Very inspiratiional.
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I know I'm going to be in the SMALL minority here, but I actually got a bit bored with the story. But to be fair, I bet it's a really good book, just not my style.
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One of my absolute favorite books! The story of a prostitute who is obeys, marries and loves this woman no matter what! A great allegory of Christ's love for us when we were sinners! I NEVER thought I'd part with this book..but its story must be shared!

"A powerful retelling of the book of Hosea. Redeeming Love is a life changing story of God's unconditional, redemptive, all consuming love."
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A compelling tale that really shows you the love of God for his children!
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This was an intense read and really shows the power of unconditional love. I had a hard time not putting it down.
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Wow! This book was so incredible. I couldn't put it down. Very moving.
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If you haven't read it yet.....What are you waiting for? The author did a wonderful job in making an old story new and relevant. If you're not familiar with Hosea then I suggest you sit and read that book first. I highly recommend this book and I hope all of you who read them enjoy them as much as I did. "Redeeming Love" is a story of restoration and forgiveness -- the kind that has to take place not only on a spiritual level, but also on an intrapersonal level and within one's self. It's also a lesson on judgment.

Note that this edition is what the editor refers to as the redeemed edition, and much of the sex has been removed. So do not be turned off by reviews that refer to this book as pure smut.
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One of my favorite books
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I LOVED this book. This has to be one of my favorites. A great story about love and forgiveness of self and others.
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I rarely give a book 5 stars, but this one held my interest so much and I love it so much it gets all 5. This Christian fiction novel is meant to parallel (in many ways) the book of Hosea in the Bible. It's a story about a man who marries a prostitute and remains faithful (in spite of incredible odds) to helping her heal from the damaging things that have been done to her - from childhood on. The twists and turns it takes never cease to astound. It's heartbreaking, insightful, and inspiring. This story is a beautiful analogy of all that we're told in scripture about God's capacity for forgiveness and His desire to redeem the broken and lost. I highly recommend this book. My only caveat is that it may feel a little too obvious to some readers in its Christian message - and that is likely to come across as preachy to some. While that kind of book normally turns me off and costs a star in my rating, this one gets a star for tackling a tremendously tough subject - not because others haven't tackled it, but because it is honest, brutal, and yet treats its characters with dignity. Christians are seen as the fallable people they are, and yet they are also the instruments that bring healing to a broken woman who is incapable of saving herself from her past (incapabale because of what has been done to her from a very young age). I suspect if you can read the "Christian-speak" in the context of real people living out their faith (as opposed to thinking it is preaching at you), the story will very possibly mesmerize you as I did me.

I didn't realize that Rivers published a cleaned up version of this story. In reading other reviews I'm pretty sure this one is not the "redeemed" or cleaned-up version. While I wouldn't recommend this version to a teen (necessarily) I whole-heartedly recommend this version to a mature reader. It is the tough subject matter and exposure of dark and damaging things that makes this story what it is - a book about redemption. And yes - even those who call themselves Christians find they need to be redeemed from their wrong thinking and wrong doings.
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I loved this book. I hated for it to end. I truly hope for a sequel.
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Excellent read!
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this book in my opinion is a must read for all women! its a fictional story based on the book of Hosea in the Bible and it shows Hosea's unconditional love for Gomer or in the book its Michael and Angel which also shows the parallel of how much and how unconditionally God loves us- his children and how we can fall into his arms of eternal forgiveness! Awesome book- powerful message will definitely tug at your heart strings!
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AWESOME!!! Best book.
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What a wonderful book! This is my alltime favorite Francine Rivers book. I cried and hated to see it end!
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My christian book club, my husband and myself all liked the book very much. Easy to read. Hard to put down. I would like to read some of Francine Rivers other books. This one is an adaptation of the Book of Hosea from the bible set in the 1800's. And from start to finish your heart wants the best for Angel and Michael, but the story has to play out. Happy reading :)
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One of the best books I have read.
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Beautiful cover. I especially enjoyed F Rivers' early work. This was enjoyable.
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Most beautiful story ever!!!!
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great book inspiring
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Lovely book, full of hope for everyone.
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Great book good plot good story line.
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This is a must read book. I have had my daughter (16) read it and she loved it and now my mom is reading.
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i am trying to say i love this book.i want to give it 5 stars but the red thinf cones up .