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Roman Velasco is a successful commercial and graffiti artist with a mansion overlooking the Topanga Canyons of Los Angeles, California. On the outside, he appears to have everything he could possible want including money, women and fame, yet everyday demons from his past haunt him.
Grace Moore is a single mom who was in a marriage that crushed her dreams. She is Roman’s newly hired personal assistant, wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. She will never lose sight of her dreams again.
When the unexpected happens, it changes their lives & relationship forever.
|Title: The Masterpiece, Hardcover|
By: Francine Rivers
Number of Pages: 496
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound 10 ounces
Stock No: WW407900
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This character-driven romance will enthrall [Riverss] many fans. Library Journal
The New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love 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 wantâ·money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Romans past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesnt know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artistâ·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, its 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 relationshipâ·and both their livesâ·forever.
Rivers deftly threads Romans and Graces lives together as they tiptoe around their emotional scars, eventually shifting into a dance of tentative steps toward a love neither can resist. Fans of Christian romance will delight in this tale of salvation through love. Kirkus Reviews
Richly detailed characters with traumatic pasts are woven together with biblical truths and redemptive themes. . . . This is an amazing, beautifully written tale to be savored and pondered and shared with others. Romantic Times
Readers will marvel at Riverss storytelling arc encompassing the reconciliation of gritty past misdeeds and the work in progress of a life of forgiveness. Booklist
Fans of Francine Rivers will eagerly devour The Masterpiece and find exactly what they are looking for: a beautifully written story of faith, romance, and the power that true freedom can bring. Bookreporter.com
Bestseller Rivers (Redeeming Love) brings unexpected faith to a fictionalized Banksy character in this ambitious novel. Roman Velasco is an artist who has his own studio, rising prestige, and large commissionsyet he keeps secret his life as the Bird, a renowned and elusive graffiti artist. Roman has searched for meaning in women, drink, and art but finds himself empty and angry. Enter Grace Moore, an emotionally wounded single mother who finds her meaning in God. She signs on as Romans personal assistant, eager for the job but not so sure about the temperamental artist. Rivers pits the brokenness of these twoRomans abandonment and trust issues and Graces guilt and painagainst each other and the power of Jesus. Although Rivers too often uses phrases such as he muttered a four-letter word in place of cruder words, and frequently reverts to what feels like Christian jargon (Two people saved by grace. That makes you my brother in Christ.), the tale will have her long-standing fans hooked. And the fully formed Roman will likely garner her new ones.
4.5 stars, Romantic Times Top Pick
The 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 other, the reader, too, learns about them as glimpses into their lives are revealed carefully as they relate to current experiences. This is an amazing, beautifully written tale to be savored and pondered and shared with others.
Best-selling Rivers (Bridge to Haven, 2014) presents a lengthy, emotionally uninhibited tale of childhood trauma and its affects in adulthood. She handles the difficult topics of addiction, emotional abuse, gang activity, and murder-suicide, all connected to children, with unapologetic directness. Her writing is grounded in conservative Christian values and touches on deeper points of theology and the afterlife. Readers will marvel at Rivers storytelling arc encompassing the reconciliation of gritty past misdeeds with the work in progress of a life of forgiveness.
Famous artist Roman Velasco battles his demons in the night as The Bird, a graffiti artist. This alter ego draws from Romans past before fame and fortune made him wealthy but empty inside. Grace Moore is a suddenly single mother who needs to work. After her husbands betrayal, she finds comfort in her faith. When an opportunity comes her way to be the personal assistant to the reclusive Roman, Grace is cautious but hopeful that the opportunity will give her some much-needed security. Little does either of them know how much they need each other. VERDICT Rivers (Earth Psalms) is known for creating memorable characters whose brokenness serves as a pathway to redemption and finding faith in Jesus. This character-driven romance will enthrall her many fans.
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