The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

The Masterpiece

New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece.A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want―money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he tru...

Details The Masterpiece

TitleThe Masterpiece
Release DateFeb 1st, 2018
PublisherTyndale House Publisher
GenreChristian Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Christian, Christian Romance, Romantic, Adult

Reviews The Masterpiece

  • Nicole Burrell
    Boys meets girl. They fall in love and live happily ever after. So simple, right? Not if Francine Rivers has anything to say about it!For years, Rivers has faithfully produced stories that tug at our like “A Voice in the Wind” and “When the Shofar Blew”. Most recently, “A Bridge to Haven”. Now, in her book that is set to release in January 2018, she is back and yes, still producing love stories that are both agoni...
  • Ashley (5171MilesBooks)
    Read this review and many more at: 5171 Miles Book Blog.Thank you to Tyndale Publishing for their kindness in allowing me to read and review an advanced copy of The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers.Francine Rivers is a legend in Women's Christian Fiction. Her book Redeeming Love is among my favorite reads of all-time. She has an exquisite way of writing unconditional love and making readers feel her words. I knew many book lovers were anticipating...
  • Melissa
    4.5 stars--Top PickThe long wait between Francine Rivers' novels is well worth it when the final page of this book is turned. Richly detailed characters with traumatic pasts are woven together with Biblical truths and redemptive themes. On the surface, this seems like a very basic romance, but when the layers are peeled back, each of the characters' choices in the past and present are thoughtfully explored. As Roman and Grace learn about each oth...
  • Cafinated Reads Molly
    I've only read Redeeming Love and the Marta's Legacy books by Ms. Rivers. Her work is amazing with those books. They have all the feels within them and just make you want to come back for more. So, when I saw she was releasing The Masterpiece, I didn't pass on it. I was anxious to be taken to a writing style that only Ms. Rivers knows how to do. I was absolutely pleased with all that I felt with this book! This book has amazing characters. Roman ...
  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    I am still in a book fog after reading The Masterpiece.It was such a moving love story and Rivers has really done her research on art part of the book. She tells about that at the end of the book. The characters were strong and the storyline remarkable. I loved the way it all turns out, I was on the fence for a while.I challenge you to put this down once you start reading it. I think it will be one you read without realizing you have read the boo...
  • Doretha
    I translated this book into Afrikaans and what a privilege it has been. Another fantastic book by one of my favorite authors. Loved the honesty of the characters' struggles and seeing that dependence on God alone will always lead to the blessings He has for us.
  • Heidi
    Grace Moore is a young woman with a young baby, Samuel and recently divorced. She was going to have Samuel adopted because she couldn't provide for him. However, when she held Samuel in her arms she couldn't let him go. I was shocked to see the Garcia family that was going to adopt Samual be so understanding and let her stay with them for a year while she weaned him. Desperate to provide for her son she took a job as an assistant for Mr. Velasco....
  • Jennie W
    First I need to share I am not much of fiction reader myself, unless it is read alouds with my children. I personally prefer nonfiction reads. Now I have known of Francine Rivers for a couple years, many of my close friends enjoy and rave about her books. I have read her devotional Earth Psalms, and enjoyed it! So when I saw her new book coming out from Tyndale, I figured now is the time to read this and also share my review with you of it. Plus,...
  • Helen
    The Masterpiece, by Francine Rivers, is a very good story. With 484 pages, it is not a quick read. This is a contemporary Christian fiction that shows real life struggles Christians deal with. It also shows that yet we are all sinners, God forgives us our sins. The story deals with the issue of an unwed pregnancy and the decisions the mother has to make for the sake of her child and herself.Roman is a successful artist in need of a personal assis...
  • Cheryl
    Francine gets back to her romance roots in this story. While it may seem like a simple concept, boy meets girl and they fall in love, it's anything but. You will be taken on a wonderful journey of two people overcoming mistakes in the past, finding redemption, and eventually finding each other. Nobody writes a novel like Francine Rivers. I thoroughly enjoyed The Masterpiece and you will too!
  • Ellen B.
    I must confess, I was a little bit apprehensive about reading this book once I found out the author was a born again Christian. After the first 30 pages I was sucked in. The main characters are so well developed and their stories compelling. I couldn’t put the book down. The religious stuff gets heavier in the last 100 pages but for a non Christian it was interesting to see the strength of “believers”
  • Deb Haggerty
    Deb’s Dozen: Contemporary romance brings two people together despite their brokenness and childhood traumas.Francine Rivers has written a clever contemporary romance, The Masterpiece. She moves between the pasts and presents of her two main characters in almost every chapter. The device, however, allows us to learn in much more detail the backgrounds of the characters than a normal flashback would. Once I’d read a few chapters, I was hooked a...
  • Brooke
    Just finished this amazing book, this is definitely a favorite! Francine Rivers is my favorite author because being a Christian isn't all about being perfect, it's about realizing how imperfect you are and seeing how you're missing something to fill you without God. Although it's so much deeper than that simple message I think most of her books ring true to that. They are some of the most raw books I've ever read not sugar-coated or made to look ...
  • Leslie M.
    Grace Moore and Roman Velasco have been impacted by childhood traumas few people know about. Their paths cross when Grace accepts a job as Roman’s assistant. Both are searching for peace … the kind that can only be found in Christ and through his transforming love.Rivers’ latest is a tale of redemption filled with Biblical truths. It’s richly detailed and contains complex characters and beautiful prose. The story alternates between the pr...
  • Rebekka Hindbo
    Hmm.. I liked the overall plot and the characters were really interesting. It was captivating to slowly find out the characters' background but some things were not to my liking. It is under the Christian romance category which is fine, I don't have a problem with that at all, since I am a Christian but it was not really to my liking that the topic "remarriage" was not even discussed seeing as some of the characters were talking about getting mar...
  • Gail Welborn
    ***an enchanting, romantic mystery that keeps pages turning long after lights should go out***Francine River’s release, “The Masterpiece” February 6 with an enchanting, romantic mystery artistically wrapped in fame, guilt, forgiveness and mercy that keeps pages turning long after lights should go out. About a graffiti artist with a destructive alter ego and an emotionally wounded single mother who struggles with faith, secrets, ghosts of th...
  • Sheila
    Roman Velasco is a rich, self centered artist who's artistry is highly acclaimed and sought after, by night he is know as "bird/BRD" and works in secret as he tags buildings with his signature marked graffiti. He has experienced loss and betrayal throughout his entire life and has shut off his heart from everyone. In walks Grace...Grace has her own set of problems. She lost her parents tragically at a young age, she made some poor choices and get...
  • MaryAnne Hommel
    After a season of particularly weighty reads, I was ready for something a little different. So when Tyndale House floated the offer to read Francine Rivers newest offering I was ready for a change of pace. The Masterpiece is a contemporary story, set in California. What happens when two people with similar pasts have similar hurts and find themselves together in very different places in life? Rivers gives us two characters whose lives intersect; ...
  • Jolene
    Grace Moore is a single mother, desperate to be independent again. When she takes a temp job as Roman Velasco's personal assistant, she almost quits on the first day. But the desire to support herself financially and care for her young son keeps her coming back daily to work for the temperamental artist. Grace quickly learns how alone Roman is, despite his career successes. As their working relationship improves, Grace and Roman are drawn to each...
  • Amy
    I haven't read a book by Francine Rivers in quite a while, but every book I have read by her, I have enjoyed. She captures time, place, and detail in such a captivating manner. Her characters have depth and a variety.In this book she alternates between the present and past circumstances of her characters building the story's momentum. The two main characters, Grace and Roman, are not without past hurts and struggles and attempting to rise above t...
  • Vicky Sluiter
    Francine Rivers books are always awaited with eager anticipation by her readers. We know they will have depth of characters and story line. This one will not disappoint! I will admit that the first couple of chapters in, I thought I wouldn’t finish The Masterpiece. It’s just so different than her other books I didn’t think I liked it. But I stuck with it, and after a few chapters it grabbed me. I knew I would be finishing this book. In fact...
  • Ogz
    Wow!! I like Francine’s writings, always have. This is no less! I don’t like most of her modern day novels as they don’t appeal as much to me, but this held something little that grew into a huge liking. It’s quite similar in style to the Atonement child and A bridge to haven although very different stories.The lives of Grace and Roman get intertwined and eventually become a piece to a big puzzle of God’s grace, love and forgiveness; st...
  • Nora St Laurent
    There is so much in this novel, I don’t know where to begin to describe this wonderful adventure. In the authors’ note to readers Francine says, “…I wanted to explore two individuals and how traumatic childhood experiences impact their adult thinking and behavior. Can they have a normal life?”…With Christ, all things are possible, but what if faith is lacking?”This is a powerful topic with deep rich characterization the reader is al...
  • Kimberly
    The Masterpiece by [Rivers, Francine]Roman Velasco is a successful artist in LA. On the outside he appears to be the man who has everything. There is only one person who knows differently, Grace Moore. When he looks out at the view from his mansion, in fact throughout his house, he sees demons. When he gives into these demons he is a graffiti artist, named the Bird. This other side of Roman could end his career and land him in jail. Grace also ha...
  • Cindy Floyd
    I had been anticipating the release of this book when I saw a giveaway for an advanced copy. I entered and was blessed to be a winner. This book did not disappoint me. I was immediately drawn into the story of Roman and Grace. Even though their lives are very different they share many of the same emotional difficulties. Throughout the book we learn how they both struggle with self esteem issues, forgiveness, and acceptance. We watch as they event...
  • Jennifer K
    Storytelling At Its Best! I was captured by this story from the beginning and absolutely loved these characters. Once again, Francine Rivers demonstrates that God's grace is real and not dependent on our past. Rivers writes a realistic story of faith which would encourage anyone who has wounds from the past. I actually won a copy of this book on Goodreads from the publisher and decided to share my own thoughts about it. I couldn't read this book ...
  • Debbie
    Francine Rivers is one of my favorite Christian fiction writers. Her newest book, The Masterpiece, is a contemporary Christian romance and story of redemption. The traumas of childhood deeply affect both Grace Moore and Roman Velasco. Their lives intersect when Grace becomes Roman's assistant. Both struggling to find peace, they put their demons behind them as they trust Christ. True, lifelong love blooms when they put Christ first. The story of ...
  • Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)
    I won this through a Goodreads giveaway. First, let's jump into the good stuff. The writing style is lovely. The character development is top notch. The book never drags along. The plot moves at a solid pace that I enjoyed. The romance was so sweet and I loved watching these two grow together and just grow on their own. Grace is strong and soft all at once and I loved that about her. A great character.The big thing that I didn't like about this b...
  • Chris Jager
    We have to wait 4 years between books by Francine Rivers. It is always worth the wait. A story that reminds you that God watches all that you do and loves you greatly in-spite of it. A gentle story of two very damaged souls that are just trying to find happiness. What they find instead is not only themselves, but each other.
  • Cristine
    Francine Rivers returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece. A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want—money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. Like Roman, Grace is wres...