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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.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 496
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1496407903
ISBN-13: 9781496407900

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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.

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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.
A highly sought-after artist by day and clandestine graffiti prankster by night, Roman Velasco has shut his heart—until Grace Moore shows up on his doorstep. Grace has overcome too much in her life: she has survived her parents’ violent deaths; she has given up her own studies to support her husband through college only to find him cheating on her in their own house; and she has transcended the shock of an unplanned pregnancy. Through it all, Jesus has stood by her, even appearing as an angel to comfort her when she was a grieving 7-year-old trying to find a way to endure. Recently, she has found a home for herself and her 5-month-old son, Samuel, but living with the Garcias, who had hoped to adopt Samuel, is difficult, especially since Selah consistently pushes Grace away, casting herself as the boy’s constant maternal presence. So when Grace accepts a job as the temperamental Roman’s personal assistant, complete with a cottage to herself —a cottage where she can start to separate from Selah and her family, where she can build a life for herself and Samuel —it’s a dream come true. Roman’s rough language and atheism, however, trouble Grace, just as Grace’s spirituality and privacy trouble Roman. After all, he’s used to easy women and commitment-free interludes. Christian novelist Rivers (Earth Psalms, 2016, etc.) deftly threads Roman’s and Grace’s 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.
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 commissions—yet 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 Roman’s personal assistant, eager for the job but not so sure about the temperamental artist. Rivers pits the brokenness of these two—Roman’s abandonment and trust issues and Grace’s guilt and pain—against 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.
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 Roman’s past before fame and fortune made him wealthy but empty inside. Grace Moore is a suddenly single mother who needs to work. After her husband’s 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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  1. Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great read
    February 23, 2018
    Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Francine Rivers books don't come out very often -- but when they do, they are certainly worth the wait.

    The Masterpiece is an amazing story of hurts, fears, struggles, love and redemption with twists and turns in many directions that keep you turning the page. Several times I intended to put the book down when I finished the chapter I was on, but when that chapter ended, there was no way to stop.

    Roman, Grace, and their family and friends all are dealing with their own pasts -- pasts that are drastically different, yet the same in so many ways. God's love, shared in a variety of ways, makes unbelievable differences in so many of those lives.

    The Masterpiece is not a short, quick read, but reading it is worth every one of the almost 500 pages. I highly recommend this book for fans of great inspirational fiction.

    Thanks to Tyndale Publishers for providing a copy of this book. I am pleased to share my personal thoughts in this review.
  2. Sunny
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Well, she's done it again!
    February 22, 2018
    Sunny
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Francine has written another amazing book that I could not put down. I don't know why her style of writing appeals to me so much. I've read everyone of her books and want more. I've tried finding other Christian fiction authors but none of them capture my interest like Francine Rivers. While the Mark of the Lion series is my favorite this one is a pretty close second.
  3. Aleoxmom
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wonderful book
    February 21, 2018
    Aleoxmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers is a wonderful book with complex characters. I have read all of Rivers books and this is now one of my favorites. I would recommend it to everyone. I also love the beautiful artwork on the cover.
  4. homesteading
    Hampton Roads -- VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Top Read of 2018!!!
    February 21, 2018
    homesteading
    Hampton Roads -- VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Philippians 4:8 English Standard Version (ESV)

    8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

    This Scripture reference probably seems an odd one to use in a book review, but to me, it isn't. The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers is something true and honorable, lovely and commendable, excellent and worthy of praise--a canvas of words swirled with emotions and truths that burst forth from the page like a spray of paint, bringing color and depth to enrich the soul.

    Like any glorious piece of artwork, it begins with a single hue that builds with intensity, spreading across the human heart until it is enveloped with the truth of the image. The Masterpiece reveals both darkness and light; delving into the very depths of humanity. With deft strokes of the pen, Francine Rivers shows that what we see on the outside is not all that there is. People have back stories, and some of them are so filled with tragedy that even the most stalwart will weep with compassion.

    I have read many good books, but only a handful touched my heart in the way that this one did. I found myself crying several times, not only for these fictional characters, but for myself and the countless others who have no doubt experienced what Roman and Grace experience. The scenes are vivid and realistic. The theme of redemption remains strong throughout this masterpiece and leaves the reader with no doubt about whom the ultimate Artist is. I highly recommend this book!

    I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a review. No compensation has been received.
  5. Amanda
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Superb!
    February 19, 2018
    Amanda
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In one word, beautiful! This book was a beautiful story of two damaged people from difficult backgrounds. Francine Rivers writing is superb. Although this story is almost 500 pages, it never dragged or felt like it was too long.

    The characters were complex and developed beautifully through the story. I was not a fan of Grace at first, but after learning more about her life, I understood why she had her guard up and acted the way she did. The reader gets a look at Romans thoughts and sees his vulnerability and the pain that hes dealing with.

    There are a lot of great lessons to be learned in this book but theyre not presented in a preachy way. Itsdefinitely the kind of book that makes the reader think and can grow their faith.

    My only problem with this book was the trope of misunderstandings happened a few times and its a trope that I really dislike. Other than that, this book was nearly perfect. Im not a romance reader but I read Francine Rivers romantic stories, because they are so much more than romance.

    I highly recommend this book!

    My Rating: 5 stars

    I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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