Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

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...


Details Redeeming Love

TitleRedeeming Love
ISBN9781590525135
Author
Release DateMay 9th, 2005
PublisherMultnomah
LanguageEnglish
GenreChristian Fiction, Christian, Fiction, Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction
Rating

Reviews Redeeming Love

  • Auntee
    2009-03-14
    I'm not even going to attempt to review this one because I doubt that I could do it justice. Besides, there's over a thousand reviews of this book on GR (hard to believe--I must have been one of the few people who haven't read this book)! Anyway, it was definitely the best book I've read all year, and probably one of the best books I've EVER read. It was easy to read (the story flowed very smoothly), yet emotionally, it was very difficult to read...
  • Karla
    2012-10-08
    5 Inspiring Stars!! I'm soooo happy!! Where's a box of tissues when you need them?? I have to listen to the end again. Oh my, I can't stop crying!! Michael...he is the power of love!! No review I could ever do, would give this book the justice it is so deserving of! You have to experience it to understand all the meaning that it holds. Thank you to KarLyn who was the first to tell me about this book, and then all my other friends who encouraged m...
  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
    2012-05-16
    Utterly heart wrenching. Gripping. Riveting. Extraordinary...I could go on and on and still not justify the magnitude of this story's brilliance— what it means, what it stands for, and how deeply it has affected me. Reading Redeeming Love was an intensely humbling and inspirational experience. It isn't about drama or angst or sexy loves scenes...it is a powerful, eye-opening story focused on faith and redemption; on rising up from the dust of d...
  • Jennifer Kyle
    2014-12-16
    Please note: I read the Kindle version which apparently is the clean Christian version. The original paperback is what I should have read. Darn.4 Angel StarsThis is a Christian based love story about a prostitute finding redemption and spirituality with her farmer husband. This book quotes a lot of scripture and the story itself is based on the Bible story of Hosea and Gomer. Set in California in the 1950’s during the gold rush, Sarah is workin...
  • Natalie Vellacott
    2017-03-25
    I didn't get very far into this before realising that it was R rated. Luckily I got it free so haven't wasted any money and can happily throw it away. One of the most troubling things about this book is that there are a number of reviews from non-Christians commenting on the graphic nature of this book and stating that they wouldn't have thought the writer was a Christian. That alone explains why Christian authors need to be careful with their co...
  • Jill
    2013-06-12
    4.5 starsRedeeming Love is one of those must-read romances worth reading at least onceThere are two versions of Redeeming Love. This is a review of the original 1991 version. The 1997 version is basically the same as the original, but was edited to remove any descriptions of the love scenes and any coarse language to make it suitable for the Christian market.Based on the Book of Hosea from the Bible, where God told the prophet, Hosea to marry t...
  • Amy (Foxy)
    2012-06-15
    *Read this book about 10 years ago. Re-reading it now! (March 14th, 2013) I finished and this book is still my all time favorite book! Deserves more than 5 stars.*This book is based off the love story from the Bible of Hosea and Gomer. Gomer is a prostitute and Hosea is a Godly man told to marry her. It's their struggle (she finds it hard to turn away from the life she has always known and basically born into). This is the ultimate love story!I ...
  • Romanyjoseph
    2011-09-13
    رواية تضع أمام القارئ حقائق بالغة الدقة عن الفرق بين المقاييس البشرية والمقاييس الألهية في التعامل مع الأحداث التي تعترض حياة البشر . وتكشف الحكمة من العذابات والصعاب التي تعصف أحيانا بحياة الأنسان والتي يقف العقل عاجزا عن استيعابها أو فهمها.ما ل...
  • Arlene
    2009-12-30
    Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers has undeniably earned a coveted spot on my top bookshelf of classically flawless stories. This is a book that I will probably find myself reading over and over again until it simply falls apart at the seams. Such a beautiful love story that I could not separate myself from both mentally and emotionally. I read this book while I was traveling, and I truly don’t know how I made my connector flights or found my de...
  • Kathy * Bookworm Nation
    2008-07-14
    I think the purpose of this book was overshadowed by the very dark subject matter. A lot of people have called this a Christian Romance, I find that very hard to believe. The story is about a young girl sold into prostitution at the age of eight who later is rescued by a man named Michael. The books goes into shocking, disturbing detail of the sad life she led. She run’s away from her devoted husband multiple times, which also got old. The whol...
  • Karen
    2014-12-16
    5 STARS She thought she had been saved by his love for her, and in part she had been. It had cleansed her, never casting blame. But that had been only the beginning. It was loving him in return that had brought her up out of the darkness. Wow. So much to say about this book. And I don’t even know where to begin. The emotions incited were overwhelming. My chest still hurts from the feelings I have. I must say, I don’t cry often when I read. ...
  • Eastofoz
    2009-03-24
    This is a difficult book to rate because at times it’s a 1 and then a 3 and I can even see how readers could give it a 5 star rating. It’s an inspirational romance that at times is quite heavy on the religious aspect in my opinion. If the idea of a kind of self-sacrifice to the extreme that doesn’t seem to benefit anyone apart from God (but even then that’s debatable) appeals to you, then you’ll probably like this book. I didn’t parti...
  • Lexie
    2011-09-26
    I recieved this as a part of the First Reads program.I was repulsed by this book.It's supposed to be a Christian romance novel. Full disclosure, I'm an atheist, so I wasn't expecting to exactly fall in love with the book. But I found the concept of the story of Hosea being retold during the Gold Rush interesting, or else I wouldn't have picked it up.So you may ask, why was I so repulsed by this book? Looking past the forced marriage, rape, beatin...
  • Hannah
    2017-03-23
    Hm, hard review to write! I appreciate the story of redemption Rivers set out to tell, but I didn't like how she went about it. The story was riveting at first, drawing me in, so that I read the first 100 pages without even setting it aside. But I had to lay the book down to complete a task, and as I did it, I realized that I was feeling...dirty. Truly, a great deal of the book is focused on sordid and dirty details. Even after we are away from t...
  • ♡Karlyn P♡
    2009-04-11
    wow, a very powerful story! I listened to this one on my iPod. I tried so hard not to cry (especially toward the end) but I finally had to pull over and wipe my eyes when it ended. So much grief, redemption and joy. A fantastic story that drew me in and kept me glued. Its a historical romance set in mid 1800's gold country region of California. Angel is a damaged young woman working a brothel and struggling with many horrors from her past. Michae...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    2017-05-19
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestI am not religious, so my review of this inspirational romance will be coming from the perspective of a secular reader. Our theme read in the Unapologetic Romance Readers group for the month of May was "christian romance," and REDEEMING LOVE was actually my nomination. Francine Rivers is a name that gets bandied around a lot, not just in the christian fiction groups, but also in the historica...
  • Mona M. Kayed
    2013-11-28
    قرأت هذه الرواية لأول مرة في يومين ، ثم أعدت قراءتها بعد ذلك أربع مرات على مدار ثلاث سنين ، بساطتها و عمقها تجبرانك على الولوج في الأعماق الإنسانية كما لم تفعل من قبل .. كلماتها مفعمة بالتسامح و المحبة غير المشروطة ، لا أحد على وجه البسيطة يملك الحق ف...
  • Stacia (the 2010 club)
    2012-12-04
    Oh, if she could only be Eve again, a new creature in Paradise. Before the Fall. 3.5 stars. I had a full review typed out and accidentally closed my window without saving. Take 2 will have a couple of thoughts (and a very awesome quote) missing.Michael and Sarah/Angel are destined to be together. Michael's prayers have led him to Angel, and when he sees her, he knows that she is the one he has been praying for. However, Michael is having a hard ...
  • Ivan
    2017-03-27
    DNF @ page 50I was supposed to read this to page 200 as punishment for lost bet but I'm gonna be dishonorable scum and just bail out of it because I just can't go on with this. This book is probably good if you are into this kind of stuff but religious romance about redeeming love for anti-romantic, cynical atheist like me was just torture.
  • Misfit
    2011-07-04
    Sarah was the by-product of an affair between her mother and a wealthy married man - a father who was only interested in his mistress and wants nothing to do with his child. He eventually dumps them, and cut off from funds and family let's just say that life on the docks isn't easy. When she's left on her own, Sarah is sold to a pedophile and eventually into prostitution. The main focus of the story begins years later as Sarah (now called Angel) ...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    2017-09-19
    Read this years ago and realized I hadn't rated it. Such a beautiful story!
  • Jennifer Leighton
    2013-06-19
    I feel like my heart has just been put through the wringer. Wow. There are two versions of Redeeming Love: the original 1991 version, and the 1997 version that was sanitized to remove the coarse language and (very) mild love scenes to make it fit for the Inspirational market. I bought the original 1991 version, but even with it being the original, the story still has a strong religious bent, and the love scenes are not explicit but more implied. ...
  • Verity
    2009-10-25
    My 1st Xtian romance & may be my last. Nothing wrong w/ the writing, just not my cuppa. I was raised a baptized & confirmed Catholic who went to Catholic schools, but turned into a semi-atheist (plz don't cast rocks @ me). I still don't feel like converting after reading this book. The romance is above par & told in a smooth style, but I didn't buy the message the author tried to convey & it took some adjustment to see the words 'God' & whatnot p...
  • Crista
    2010-05-20
    Redemption. This is a story about redemption.I am not a person who is ever at a loss for words. It doesn't happen. Yet as I sit at my computer, wanting to write this review so badly, I am at a loss for words. The beauty and lasting impression this novel makes on the reader is hard to put into words. After reading Redeeming Love, I am emotionally exhausted. I have cried many tears, been angry, hurt, and horrified at the atrocities in this story, a...
  • KatLynne
    2010-12-13
    5+++ StarsAn amazing and unforgettable love story that touched my heart deeply. I do not own the words that would do this book justice in a review. I highly recommend this to everyone. Angel lost her innocence and hope as a young child. At only eight years old, she is sold to a man who rapes her and then forces her into a life of prostitution. Now, a young beautiful woman, she is full of bitterness and has little or no self-worth. There is no hop...
  • ESRAA MOHAMED
    2018-05-30
    الرواية من الأدب الديني المسيحي ومعتمدة اعتمادا كليا علي ذلك في توضيح أهمية الدين للوصول إلي بر الأمان ..جسد واحد بحيوات عديدة بائسة ... سارة الفتاة البريئة ... انجل الفتاة المُغتصبة ثم بائعة الهوي ... أماندا أو ترصة زوجة الفلاح ... لتعود في النهاية إلي ...
  • StMargarets
    2016-05-27
    This is a Christian Inspirational Historical romance - a genre I rarely seek out. Thanks to some enthusiastic reviews, I decided to take the plunge. I read the 1997 version that is posted at Open Library and I was moved by it, but I didn't understand why I could sigh and say "how romantic." Then I read some of the reviews here and I learned there is a 1991 version that has more explicit and/or sensual love scenes between the two protagonists (it'...
  • Lilith
    2012-08-16
    There are many things, good and bad, that could be said about this book, but I have only one thing to say.Forced sex is rape. Every time. When her brother in law drives her through the wilderness and commands her to have sex with him or he will abandon her there, he is using physical and emotional force. That is pure rape. What makes me sick is that she has to "find forgiveness" for this, that he never repents, that the book never recognizes rape...
  • Nicole
    2007-07-20
    This book is incredibly romantic, in that it is a story about a powerful love that brings about happiness in the lives of the couple. It is less romantic in that it is also the story about a couple who must deal with a damaged past, and a damaged soul, and the pain and destruction that that damage can still inflict. It is not the story of an easy love. It is also a story about God's plan. Most Christian books are about people who are Christians. ...