Redeeming LoveBy Francine Rivers
Multnomah, 1997. 480 pgs. Romance
Angel was sold into a life of prostitution at the tender age of eight and, despite numerous attempts to escape the life she hates, has become a cold unfeeling young woman bitter toward the world and the men who inhabit it. Michael is a hard working, God fearing farmer who has patiently waited for the wife the Lord promised to send him. When he sees the stunningly beautiful prostitute walking along the boardwalks in the gold rush town of Pair-a-Dice, he is told that this is the woman he should marry. With this, the stage is set for this retelling of the biblical story of Hosea. A story of love and redeption, forgiveness and rebirth.
I enjoyed the characters in this book, despite the frequent desire to smack them upside the head. The story was insightful and intruiging. Unfortunately, the uneven narration which skips from one point of view to another without any transitional is a huge distraction. I’m not sure I would enthusiastically recommend reading it to anyone, but I wouldn’t discourage it either.