Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 6, 2018)
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 truly has. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn’t know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist―an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.
Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together . . . until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship―and both their lives―forever.
What I Thought:
Once again, I’m going to start by saying I was not asked for a review of this book. There were no free copies…no signed contracts requiring me to write a positive review…nothing. This is just my honest-to-goodness opinion about this book and I’m using my time and energy to write this review because the book is that good.
I love(d) it.
See what I did there?
I loved it when I read it cover to cover.
I still love it.
It is easily one of my favorite fiction novels now. I guess it isn’t a complete surprise since I’ve liked most of what I’ve read from Francine Rivers’ pen. Redeeming Love…I literally stayed up all night reading that one and finished the whole thing in under two days.
This review is about The Masterpiece, not Redeeming Love (but, seriously…get it, too, if you haven’t already).
This was one of those page-turners that I wanted to continue on forever. When I got to the epilogue and then the final page, I tried to slow down so that it wouldn’t be finished so soon…but then I ate up the words.
I love, love, love the focus on
from our Heavenly Father.
We are each a masterpiece created by Him with a purpose, a mission. No two of us are identical. We each have our own stories, testimonies, known by Him before time began. It’s beautiful.
Mrs. Rivers’ mentions multiple people who assisted her with her research for this book; it’s obvious that she took a lot of time to develop a depth of understanding about her chosen topic. This book is not something she pulled completely from her imagination. It could actually be someone’s story in real life. She handled it so well.
There are flashbacks throughout the story that help you to become fully acquainted with the two main characters. I really like that she doesn’t dump the main characters’ entire backstories all at once. Instead she weaves them throughout the present part of the story, so that you learn important details in the right moments.
Something that I really appreciate is that she doesn’t make Christians out to be perfect. There is no such thing as a perfect person on this earth. There just isn’t. Jesus was, and forever will be, the only human being to ever walk this earth perfectly. I’ve known several people in my life who said they don’t go to church because the people there are hypocrites. Well…yeah. That’s one of many reasons why
they’re we’re in church. We recognize that we are sinners in need of a Savior’s saving grace. Life doesn’t suddenly become perfectly easy when you become a believer. If anything, life gets harder. The Bible even says that believers will face trials and tribulation. All that to say, I really appreciate that she touches on the fact that even believers struggle and actually stumble from time to time.
I feel like I could go on and on and on. The bottom line is that if you like other books in the Christian Romance Fiction genre, this is a MUST HAVE book to add to your private library.
You can read the author’s biography on her website. If you haven’t read any of her books at all, I simply can’t recommend them highly enough. This one and Redeeming Love are definitely my top favorites, but I also love her Mark of the Lion series and The Atonement Child. I wouldn’t stop at those, though. Definitely check out all of her award-winning books.
Have a great day, y’all.