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Click Here to Download the Book 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 come 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.
Reviews I'm not big on reading Christian fiction, but this one was highly recommended to me by many co-workers with flying colors. So I took the plunge and bought the book and gobbled it up in one day. This was decidedly better than any other work of christian fiction I've ever tried to read and I have to put in my two cents and recommend this book to anyone who believes in the power of love (God's love, essentially). The 400+ pages of the book are about a woman who was put into prostitution at the tender age of eight and who spends ten years living the only life she ever knew. At eighteen, a man comes to her saying that God has told him to marry her and though he's got reasonable doubts to it, he follows the Lord and the journey begins as young Angel (dubbed Amanda by her new husband) learns to trust and love not only the people who come into her life, but the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The story parallels Hosea, a prophet from the bible, to take to wife a prostitute and bring her unto Christ. The only difference is this retelling is during the California gold rush of the 1850's instead of biblical times. This was a wonderful effort by Francine Rivers and she pulled it off wonderfully. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read and who has faith in the redeeming power of love from God.
I can guarantee 2 things. Francine Rivers put her heart and soul into this. You, the reader, will most definately put your heart and soul into reading this work! You look at the title, so simple, yet so true. You think, "A love story!" Yep. You also think, "A story of acceptance." You bet! Could forgiveness fit into this picture? Oh yeah! Grace? Uh-huh. And so much more! You may even laugh once or twice before this is over! While the beginning is long, it is brutal and terse to the extreme! A few places you jump back. You meet Angel and who she is. You learn what the despicable Duke turns her into. You learn she escapes Duke, and finds The
Duchess and her brute, Magowan. But then Angel meets Michael Hosea! He knows he is to marry this woman, harlot or not. He marries her. She runs away from him! He takes her back. He treats her like a woman, not like a sex slave! Even Michael's own brother cannot except this woman. You feel something when God talks to Michael, and you cringe when the enemy beats Angel down with her haunted past! There is a fight scene in the book. A scene where Michael fights, and not many, if anyone, lays a hand on him. He fights relentlessly and when he's done he says, "Who else wants to get between me and my wife? Come on!" Awesome illustration of Christ and his children, better yet His bride. Rivers notes that when Michael fought, he hit square and he hit hard. And those he hit stayed down. I don't want that kind of wrath from my Father. But I do want Him fighting for me, telling Satan, "Back off, Sucker!!! This one is mine!" And do we deserve His love? No chance. But He loves us anyway! Thank you, Francine, and thank you, Father! This is for anyone who has ever felt unworthy, mad at the world, or just plain sick of life.
I loved this book. I am a Francine Rivers fan and this has to be her best. The book parallels through Angel and Michael, God's redeeming love for us, and I loved the two main characters. Francine Rivers brings a gritty reality to this story through Angel's horrific life as a prostitute - but manages not to glorify the lifestyle or go into unnecessary detail. You also understand Michael's questionning of God while obeying Him. The book grips you from the start and I could just about read the last page because I cried. Don't be put off by the 'Mills and Boons' type cover - my husband is currently reading this (after I went on about it) and he thinks it is excellent. Even writing about it now, I want to go and read it again!!!
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