Redeeming Love

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Best-selling author Francine Rivers skillfully retells the biblical love story of Gomer and Hosea as a tale set against the romantic historical background of the California Gold Rush. The main character, Angel, is a young woman who was sold into prostitution as a child. Michael Hosea, the hero, is a godly man who is sent into Angel's life to bring her God's love and truth, and to draw her into the Savior's redeeming love.

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In this splendid retelling of the biblical story of Hosea, bestselling author Francine Rivers pens a heartbreaking romance between a prostitute and the upright and kind farmer who marries her; the story also functions as a reminder of God's unconditional love for his people. Redeeming Love opens with the Gold Rush of 1850 and its rough-and-tumble atmosphere of greed and desire. Angel, who was sold into prostitution as a child, has learned to distrust all men, who see her only as a way to satisfy their lust. When the virtuous and spiritual-minded Michael Hosea is told by God to marry this "soiled dove," he obeys, despite his misgivings. As Angel learns to love him, she begins to hope again but is soon overwhelmed by fear and returns to her old life. Rivers shines in her ability to weave together spiritual themes and sexual tension in a well-told story, a talent that has propelled her into the spotlight as one of the most popular novelists in the genre of Christian fiction. This is one of her best. --Cindy Crosby

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Francine Rivers, a best-selling novelist for more than fourteen years, has received numerous awards, including a Critic's Choice Award, the 1995, 1996, and 1997 RITA Romance Writers of America award for best inspirational romance, and a nomination for the 1995 Gold Medallion. A readers' poll conducted by Affaire de Coeur magazine twice rated Francine as one of the favorite romance writers in America. Francine lives in Northern California with her husband, Rick. They have three children, Trevor, Shannon, and Travis.

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