by Francine Rivers
I came across this book while searching the highest rated books on Amazon.com; 1200 out of 1400 people rated it 5 stars, so I thought I would give it a try. It is a retelling of the biblical story of Hosea, who married the prostitute Gomer. She keeps running off with other men, but Hosea keeps going to get her back and continues to forgive her. Redeeming Love is set in the 1850's California Gold Rush. The story's main character Sarah/Amanda/Angel has had a rough life. With her astounding beauty she ends up working in a brothel, the only thing she has ever known. It is up to Michael an extremely devout man to get her out of her situation. I was really pleased with the overall message-- it wasn't preachy for a Christian Fiction novel, especially when God "talks" to Michael. The love scenes are tastefully done (remember she is in a brothel), but without being crass. I really enjoyed the character development on multiple levels, and it was even suspenseful towards the end! Don't expect a literal retelling of the biblical book of Hosea, but it contains similar themes about love, faith, and redemption in a very classy way. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try An Echo in the Darkness – Francine Rivers; Glory – Heather Graham; Mark's Story – Tim LaHaye.] -- recommended by Jeremiah J. - Bennett Martin Public Library
[Also available in downloadable E-book and Large Print formats.]
[ official Redeeming Love page on the official Francine Rivers web site ]
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