Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is a story set in the 1850s that emulates the story of Hosea in the Bible. The characters include a woman named Angel who grows up with betrayal from all the men in her life, ending up with her being sold into prostitution and being wooed by a farmer named Michael Hosea, who promises to love her unconditionally. Through a series of events, Hosea’s love is tested, and proven, and Angel starts to hope again. Over and over, though, she encounters her weaknesses and winds up falling seemingly deeper. The historical romance will definitely make the story of the prophet Hosea more alive in the readers’ minds, as a definite picture of the relentless, unconditional, redeeming love that God has for His beloved.
Redeeming Love Review:
There were close to one thousand readers who gave their comments on this book, and the average rating was a high 4.7 stars.
Many of the readers reported having trouble putting this book down. One of the buyers even reported having, unwittingly, read the whole book in one sitting, over the course of 8 hours, simply because she was so gripped by the story. She shared how she initially felt the character Angel to be highly stupid and ungrateful, but that the Lord used the story to show her how many times she would run away from Him, too, and yet His love remained unconditional. Many other reviewers also shared the same sentiments, commenting about how the book led them to a greater appreciation of the Lord’s faithfulness and love for them no matter what their failures. Another reviewer described this book as having a certain rawness and awe at the amazing love of God, which he felt was partly because this was Francine Rivers’ first book after she was born again. He described the characters as being very real and believable. Another buyer started off her review saying she could not believe she read a “romance novel,” as she typically did not like such books. However, she was impressed with this book, especially with the powerful spiritual message it contained. She described this as a beautiful book about finding oneself and forgiveness. Other reviewers felt that this book deserved to be in the top 10 of their reading lists, with many of them admitting to not really enjoying romance novels but being powerfully moved by this one. One reviewer warned buyers not to be intimidated by the size of the book, as it was rather thick, but that it was definitely a powerful book about redemption and love. Some of the readers admitted to weeping freely in many places while reading, thanks to its heart-wrenching scenes and powerful reminder of God’s love.
From these reviews, we believe you will also benefit from reading this book, if only to get a clearer vision of the Lord’s unconditional and pursuing love for you. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself feeling like you are in Angel’s shoes, as the good news is that you will find Michael Hosea being a picture of Jesus and His undying heart for you.