Redeeming Love

Redeeming love



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.  

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 Father’s heart in everything. Michael obeys God’s call to marry Angel and to love her unconditionally. Slowly, day by day, he defies Angel’s every bitter expectation, until despite her resistance, her frozen heart begins to thaw.  
But with her unexpected softening comes overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. And so Angel runs. Back to the darkness, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she no longer can deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael does…the One who will never let her go.  
A powerful retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea, Redeeming Love is a life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love.

Francine River’s Redeeming Love has been around for a few years. In fact the one that I read was the twentieth anniversary copy. Never in my life have I read a better book.

I have come to discover that it is far easier to write reviews on books that were ok or not good at all. I find that when I sit down to write about books I really loved I have the hardest time trying to put my thoughts to paper. ( or keyboard but lets not be to nit picky 😉 ) So let me just say this:


This is not any easy book. It deals with heavy topics. Child abuse, prostitution, death and one’s inability to see themselves as God sees them. This book is painful, honest but overall this book is amazing.

Angel and Hosea’s relationship is not easy. In fact, you are hurting along with Hosea every time Angel’s heart stays hardened. Angel’s raw emotions and bitter honesty are a testament that only God can save us all. Only God can heal us from our most painful experiences.

This book is the only book ever that I have given five stars too. If I could give it more I would. But be warned once you start reading this you will not be able to put it down. You will stay up until 3 a.m. just to finish it. You may even forget to do the laundry because you are so engrossed in this book. Or maybe that was just me….. I really do hope you love this book as much as I did.

I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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