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Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The only hope for their future is discovering their pasts.February 19, 2018Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have fallen in love with Francine River's novels.
So whenever I hear that she has written a new one, it's an automatic response for me to buy it. I don't even have to know what it is about, because I love the way she writes her novels. I know it will be life changing for me. I know it will also challenge me in a good way as well.
So when her latest novel, The Masterpiece arrived, I couldn't wait to carve out some time to sit back and enjoy my book, like someone would enjoy a fine wine, a decadent dessert or whatever will cause you to get excited because it is something you will look forward to.
I was not disappointed.
The story takes place between a struggling famous artist, Roman Velasco, who has to come to terms with his past before he can ever move forward in his future. To say he is a success at painting is an understatement and his paintings are always sold out for obscene amounts of money. He can't seem to find a way to manage all the time in between and has gone through so many personal assistants, the agency is down to its final candidate and if he isn't happy with this one, they are done trying to work with him.
Fortunately for Grace Moore, she needs this job and will stop at nothing to ensure she makes enough money that she can move out of the home she shares with a couple that had hoped to adopt her young son when he was born. They are still hoping she will change her mind and thus the reason for letting her stay. They understand how difficult it is for a single mother to make it in Los Angeles alone! So Grace is will to pass along a little "grace" to Roman and hopefully find a way for the two to work together. But she will also need to come to terms with her own past, and one that can apply a little grace to both of their lives.
The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers is an exceptional look into the pasts that we think define who we are today and unfortunately for some hold us back in the very areas that God wants to release us from. While Grace has the faith to work through some of her issues, there are some still holding her back. Yet at least, she begins to peel back the layers of Roman's past and help him to see that God is his only hope for a future, that is if she can reach him before his has a tragic accident that will forever change them both. Well worth all 5 out of 5 stars in this reader's opinion and now proud to add this novel to my permanent library.
sarina5 Stars Out Of 5The MasterpieceFebruary 18, 2018sarinaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I received this book as gift and I could not put it down. Francine Rivers has such a gift from God in her writing. This is a wonderful story of Redemption in the work of imperfect, broken people. A book worth reading again!
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Masterpiece- a redemptive love storyFebruary 18, 2018Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you have ever read a story by author Francine Rivers, you already know what kind of story to expect. This is a gritty, true to life story of two hurting individuals who have both gone through traumatizing and damaging childhoods. Neither Roman nor Grace has especially made the right decisions in their adult lives either. The difference between them is that Grace is a believer in Christ and Roman is not.
I enjoyed the contrast of their walks through life, the decisions that they made both in the ups and downs. Both are afraid to get hurt and pursue a love that could change them. The conversations they had about Grace's faith and why she believed were not preachy and showed how for believers, faith is the reason that makes our lives understandable and bearable. That no matter what befalls us, we have a heavenly Father who cares for us and will pick us up time and again.
Grace's Christian friends are people that she can rely on and goes to, to help her walk through life. I liked how the author showed that they were just ordinary people trying to follow the Way themselves, and not one of them was perfect.
This story took many turns that I was not expecting and as the author fit the puzzle pieces together I was awed at where the story was going. This is a 500 page book. I read it in less than two days. I was glued to it and often thought about it when not reading. My favorite book by her is Redeeming Love, this one has now tied with it. If you're looking for a strong redemption story with imperfect people and an adult romance, this is a read for you.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions stated are my own.
VickyLafayette, IndianaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent and a true MASTERPIECE!!February 15, 2018VickyLafayette, IndianaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Francine Rivers newest release Masterpiece is truly a MASTERPIECE!!!!. I will admit that I am a huge fan of Francine Rivers and have read everything she has written. Needless to say, I could not wait till this book came out. Cleared my calendar, along with the freezing weather outside, it was a perfect novel to curl up with. I tried to pace myself reading, but it was too hard. The storyline of Roman Velasco and Grace Moore pulls you in more and more with each page, making it a page turner till the very end.
The ghosts of his past hold him captive. Her missteps bring her to his door.
Lets start with Roman..a man that has women, money, fame and is truly unhappy. He is always looking for that next high. He is a sought after artist and his paintings bring in more money than he needs. So to find that high he reverts to his past as a graffiti artist and goes out at night to tag buildings as the "Bird". This alter ego could destroy his career and land him in prison, but he doesn't care. His life is a mess and needs a personal assistant to help him and Grace Moore enters the picture. Grace needs the money so she takes the job, but finds Roman has demons from his past that threaten their working environment. Grace has demons of her own..a failed marriage, an unhappy childhood mixed with tragedy, and a son to raise with little support. She needs the job so desperately that when Roman suggest she live in the guest cottage , she accepts but wonders how this will affect their working relationship. Grace is a believer and Roman is not. When Grace asks Roman what he believes, he says,"We're born. We survive the best we can. We die. End of story" As you continue reading, you realize that if Roman can't let go of his past, he will never reach his full potential, and Grace knows the same applies to her. Throughout the story there are highs, lows but always showing the Lord at work in each of their lives. God had been drawing Roman and Grace to Him from the time they were children, both desperately in need and longing for a father. Long before they knew Him, He'd been at work in their lives. The Lord had promised those who believe that He would take away the stony, stubborn heart;give them a tender, responsive heart; and put His Spirit in them so they could follow Him.
When you pick up one of Francine Rivers books, you will always have the gospel presented in various ways and this book was a fascinating story of how God is always after His children and how His love and mercy cover us, even when we are like Roman Velasco was. If you read just one book this year, please make it this one!. Loved, loved, loved the story and the amazing characters that Francine put together to weave and unforgettable story.
Thanks to Tyndale Publishers for this free book just for my honest opinion.
Mark5 Stars Out Of 5a true masterpieceFebruary 14, 2018MarkQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5They say you can't judge a book by its cover. You can however, often judge a book by its description. Ever since I read about this book, I have been eagerly looking forward to reading it. Francine Rivers is a great author who does not put books out as fast as other authors, and she never disappoints when she does come out with a new book.
And what a book it is. The title is a very appropriate title for it: The Masterpiece, for it is indeed a masterpiece of writing. The book is long, coming in at 496 pages, and every page is worth reading. Rivers created two very hurt and flawed characters and spun a masterpiece of a story around them. That many pages leaves a lot of time and space for character development, and Rivers did just that. She goes back in time often into both of the two main characters' pasts to show what made them what they are when the book begins.....and they are great characters.
Roman is not a very nice guy for much of the book, but you can't help but like him and cheer him on. Grace is the ideal Christian woman with a not so ideal past. You pretty much figure these very opposite people are going to end up together by the end of the book, but it is quite an amazing journey watching it happen.
Roman is a well known painter, part of the reason for the title of the book. However, the title captures much more than that as Rivers takes the readers on his journey from a man who hates and does not believe in God, a womanizer who uses women for sex and tosses them aside, to a faithful man of God and a husband who honors his wife and his children.
This was truly an amazing read. I started it on my lunch break yesterday, read more on my second break, read it on my breaks at work today, and finished it at home this evening. I was not only entertained, but was inspired and moved by this fictional account that shows how God can change lives even of those who seem the most hopeless. Five out of five stars, hands down. A masterpiece indeed.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.