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 6th, 2018
PublisherTyndale House Publisher
GenreChristian Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Christian, Contemporary

Reviews The Masterpiece

  • *TANYA*
    I want to rant and rave about how fantastic this book is, but the right words fail me. It was endearing, realistic, sweet, heart wrenching, and so emotional. Truly a masterpiece, best book I’ve read all year.
  • 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...
  • Marnie Krüger
    For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago(Ephesians 2:10).First Sentence: Roman Velasco climbed the fire escape and swung over the wall onto the flat roof.I'm always in awe when I see how God use different types of media and experiences to teach us and show us what He wants from us.Over the years, I've experienced this a lot with most of the books by Francine R...
  • Robin Hatcher
    I wish I could give this book a higher rating than 5 stars. It's amazing. My heart was broken and stirred so many times throughout my reading. I was reminded again and again of the ways God has moved in my life. I read as fast as possible to reach the end, and now I am already missing Roman and Grace. Thanks, Francine, for such a beautiful story of love and God's amazing grace.
  • Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)
    One day I was praising the author on Twitter for so clearly explaining the depravity of man and Christ's propitiation for our sin. The next day, I had to withdraw my comment due to the shaky theology I was encountering.1. These characters are constantly speaking to God and hearing definitive answers. Wouldn't that be nice?If it had only happened a time or two, I could have written it off as the "still small voice", but the rate of occurrence was ...
  • Jamie
    2.5 While I really did want to love Francine River’s latest, like I have so many of her other books, this one fell flat for me. I was intrigued by the idea and the characters, but there were a few other things that made it hard for me to love this one.I thought there were some unnecessary stereotypes with some of the characters and I also wanted her friends to be a bit more than they were. Some were one dimensional and with others, their action...
  • 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...
  • Molly Cafinated Reads Jaber
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • Staci
    I was hesitant to read The Masterpiece after being disappointed in A Bridge to Haven. I have very much enjoyed Francine River’s other novels so decided to try her latest release.The story of two adults from difficult childhoods was certainly compelling. I felt my heart breaking for both Roman and Grace. It’s a beautiful story of character and spiritual development. I didn’t warm up to Aunt Elizabeth despite knowing why she behaved the way s...
  • Maddy
    This was beautiful.
  • 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...
  • Linda Klager
    What a wonderful book! Francine Rivers is an excellent writer. The cover of the book was very intriguing to me. In the back of the book is an explanation of how this cover came to be.The events in this story were very current to the times today. The two main characters, Roman and Grace had so many obstacles in their lives. Even though I suspected it, I learned how dangerous a life can be when influenced by a gang. Also, how dangerous and deadly i...
  • Dana Michael
    500 Pages of a MasterpieceWow! I am speechless. I have no words to describe how I feel. I just finished this amazing book and can say this is one of the best books I have ever read. I never once wanted to put this book down. I was hooked from page one. This story tells of two people who are starved for love. One a former street hardened gang tagger and one a beautiful, sweet, single mom. I loved the story line and I loved the ending. This is anot...
  • Brittany
    After reading quite a few rave reviews about The Masterpiece, I decided to request it at my local library and give it a go. I am so glad that I did! This book was really large physically and was actually quite a long story at 484 pages in my library copy. Well, I devoured it in one weekend! I could not stop reading Roman and Grace’s story.I was captivated by these characters. They had been through so much in their tragic pasts. I was equally en...
  • Jennifer
    5 wonderful stars for this one! It’s been 4 yrs since I’ve read a Francine Rivers novel and I have really missed her writing. This was sooooo good. I felt like she was telling my story. My childhood was filled with drugs, alcohol, physical and mental abuse. My testimony was similar in so many ways. I was a runaway teenager living in LA with a stripper when I finally said yes to Christ. If you love the Lord and live in grace, then you’ll lov...
  • 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”
  • Jerry
    This book took me a while to read...but it was worth it! A touching story of overcoming adversity.
  • Heather
    Where do I even begin? There are many many issues with this book. They fall into two loose categories: mechanical and theological. I’ll begin with mechanical:I understand that, as a novelist myself, I can be critical when it comes to storytelling. That said, I don’t believe I’m being too nit-picky when I say this book was contrived and full of loose ends and unnecessary, flat characters. There are too many issues to name them all but I’ll...
  • 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.
  • Martha
    I read this book last Friday and I cannot stop thinking about it. In fact, I have likely referenced it several times this last week. The storyline, while nothing unique, brings completely flawed characters that judge one another as being something they are not in the beginning. I loved seeing the journey of the raw characters, woven throughout the story, while still leaving you with a few unanswered questions, just as life tends to do. I am not a...
  • Vannetta Chapman
    This is only my second book to read by Francine Rivers. I very much enjoyed the unique story line. Interestingly enough, it was the back story of the hero that I found most compelling. I also liked how the problems weren't resolved instantly--both characters were a "work in progress," and change was something that took time.At 512 pages in the hardcover edition, I felt the story was repetitious in places, which is my reason for a 4 instead of a 5...
  • Carrie Turansky
    I listened to the audio version of The Materpiece and I truly enjoyed the story. Francine Rivers did an excellent job creating the characters and designing plot as well as weaving in a very meaningful spiritual message. Very well done and highly recommended.
  • Joleen
    The Masterpiece by Francine RiversGenre: Christian FictionFormat: KindleTimeframe: Present dayLocation: Los AngelesCharacters: Roman Velasco : Graffiti artistGrace Moore: Single mom Two voices: Grace and Roman. Grace is a single, 20-something, Christian mom whose husband cheated on her, ending their marriage. She is now trying to earn a living and find a daytime sitter while she works for Roman as his assistant in his Topanga Canyon home near Mal...
  • 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....
  • Natacha Ramos
    As Adele would say, reading a new book by Francine Rivers feels like home. “It’s like a dream come true.”“The Masterpiece” has her footprint in every page. The well-developed concept of the book, the complexity of each character, and the message of redemption going through the story are very distinctive in her writing, and we can see all of that in this book as well. Grace seems to be perfect in the midst of all her imperfection, as usu...
  • Ariel
    I don't read a lot of Christian Fiction. It tends to be sappy or preachy. A Francine Rivers novel is anything but. It manages to distill a Christian message into one that can be applied to anyone's life. Redeeming Love remains one of the best books I have ever read, Christian or not. I also loved her Mark of the Lion series. I tend to enjoy her historical novels more than some of the other books she's written but when I saw this new book coming o...
  • Carla Corinne
    Not my favorite Francine Rivers book. And maybe it's not entirely the books fault. I would categorize this book as a romance, and I'm not usually into romances. Not enough of an interesting plot for me. This is the story of Roman Velasco, a temperamental bad-boy artist with a tragic history, who was able to rise up from his life of foster homes and graffiti art on the streets to become a successful and famous, though rather quirky, muralist. Ente...
  • Elizabeth
    Nope. Can’t do it. Francine Rivers used to be the only Christian fiction writer I could tolerate (LOVED her Mark of the Lion series) but I haven’t enjoyed her last few books and this one is no exception. Firstly, it’s ridiculously predictable. Troubled unbeliever artist with a past falls for mostly-good girl Christian after not liking each other to start with. Of course, he’s hot and she’s gorgeous. Secondly, the story falls into typica...
  • Hayden L
    1st half, 1 star. 2nd half, 2.5 starsI am not necessarily a Francine Rivers fan so I am in the minority here. I have only read one other book (Redeeming Love, 4 stars), but after this PG soap opera, I may not pick up any of her titles ever again. The melodramatic style is not for me. Some major turn-offs include Grace's stereotypical band of single girlfriends, I hope I don't interject 'Girl..' into my sentences this frequently. What modern Chris...