About a third of a way through this book, I was becoming anxious. The main character’s choices were so dark—and getting darker all the time. Even as I reached the last one hundred pages, Angel continued to choose wrong. She was hurting herself and everyone around her—even when she was trying to do right! Redeeming Love is a painful book to read.
However, when Angel finally got the point, which wasn’t even the point that I’d expected her to get, I decided the book had been well worth my time. Francine Rivers is a gifted storyteller who presents the message she’s trying to convey in unexpected, yet meaningful ways.
Her personal testimony, shared just before the reading group guide, was a touching bonus. She gives God all the credit for the content of this book and tells her readers why.
Redeeming Love is a retelling of the Bible’s Book of Hosea, set in the mid-1800’s during the California Gold Rush. Angel is a young woman who was sold into prostitution as a child and was never able to escape. Michael Hosea is the farmer who obeys God’s voice to marry her, even against her will. The result is a story of determined love based on choice and Angel’s discoveries about all that entails.
Supporting characters, their stories, and the lessons they learn add much value to the message of the book. I thank Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for sending it to me in exchange for my review.