This is a retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea, set in the 1850’s. Angel was sold into prostitution as a child and it is the only life she knows until Michael Hosea, a God-fearing man, obeys God’s will to marry her and how her unconditional love. Angel struggles with shame and guilt, and feels unworthy of receiving love. She flees the unknown, back to the only life she knows. Can she learn that she can flee from Michael’s love, but can never run from the One from which love comes?
I loved this book! Rivers has a gift for taking a story from the bible and making it come alive through description and characters readers can relate to. We see how Michael struggles to obey God through his pain and disappointment and God’s love manifested through Michael’s gentleness and unconditional love of Angel. I could relate to Angel’s feelings of guilt and unworthiness.
I think what makes this book so outstanding is the way Rivers demonstrates how to live biblical principles of unconditional love, sacrificial love, neighborly love, serving others, forgiveness, and hospitality. There are so many different layers to read and chew on and enjoy. Even the supporting characters are intriguing and sympathetic, even when they are not necessarily likeable as in the character of Michael’s brother-in-law, Paul.
This book is a must read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction. If you want to read a book about forgiveness in action, the power of love to overcome the past, or have ever felt unworthy of love, read this book! I really can’t recommend it highly enough.
On an additional note, if you have never read a book by Francine Rivers, start with this one and then read her others. Every one I have read has been excellent!
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