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alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5CaptivatingAugust 27, 2018alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Masterpiece is the newest book by Francine Rivers.
Acclaimed artist Roman Velasco has yet to find a way to deal with his demons from his past, so he roams the streets of Los Angeles at night "tagging" whatever he can find.
Grace Moore needs a good paying job so she can support her son. She answers an ad from Roman for a personal assistant and it seems like the perfect job until issues come with her son and she finds she needs a job closer to home.
This book had a bit of everything, drama, and some suspense with a touch of romance. It was engaging, the characters were well written. The story line was unlike anything I have read before which is always enjoyable for me.
The book switches back and forth from the present day to either Roman's past or Graces' past. While this in itself didn't bother me, I did find that a few parts of the narrative just seem to drag the story along. Some of it seemed to wordy for my taste.
As with some of her other books, the author deals with topics that some readers might be uncomfortable with especially for a Christian book. While there is nothing graphic, the book does deal with excess drinking, abortion and sex outside marriage. If you have a young daughter, niece or granddaughter that wants to read this book I would recommend that you either read it first or with her.
This is a bigger book, 450 pages. I personally like it and the several people that I have lent it to have enjoyed it as well.
Jeannette5 Stars Out Of 5I can relateAugust 20, 2018JeannetteQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1No one knows what it's like to be abused in childhood unless you've experienced it first hand. I am so gratified Francine Rivers, as a well-respected Christian author, has written a book that I, as a believer, can truly relate to. I became a Christian in my early 20s and am now in my 60s. Until two years ago, I had never met another Christian who could relate to the abuse I suffered growing up. Finally, I've found a book that tells it like it is. I no longer feel alone in my journey as a believer to have someone understand why I think differently than those who grew up without abuse.
Sarah5 Stars Out Of 5MasterpieceJuly 15, 2018SarahQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Francine Rivers has done it again! If you haven't had the pleasure of reading one of her books yet, you are missing out. The Masterpiece is another exceptional piece of work from Rivers and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Francine Rivers gets to the heart of the reader through her characters and their situations. She can make a character come to life like they might be your best friend. I loved in this book that she gave flashbacks to the two main characters lives, as it pertained to the main story. You won't be able to put this book down! Her writing draws you in so that you want to keep reading, need to read just one more chapter to find out what happens next. Rivers characters are a graffiti tagger turned artist struggling with his past and a single mother just trying to make things work while following after God. Francine Rivers takes issues of today and shows that God can take you where you are and make it a situation for Him. Watch how Rivers weaves Roman and Grace's story into the ultimate masterpiece, "God's masterpiece."
Sandra Burson4 Stars Out Of 5This is a MasterpieceJune 18, 2018Sandra BursonQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I've only read one other book by Francine Rivers and that was Redeeming Love. When I finish a book by her I feel like I have been put through a wringer and hung out to dry. The Masterpiece was no exception. I find Ms. Rivers to be a very talented writer. She does not write fluff and is not afraid to tackle some very difficult subjects. This author has a way of bringing hope into the darkness. At times I found myself laughing, but more often I read with tears rolling down my checks. Her writing is very current. She can keep you on the edge of your seat. I really like the way she brings in scripture into her story and I didn't find it Preachy as some people would say. I appreciate the way Ms. Rivers uses her God given talent to touch others with her artistry. I believe A Masterpiece is the perfect title for this novel.
bookbloggerWestern MichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Complicated Romance by Francine RiversJune 18, 2018bookbloggerWestern MichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers
Roman Velasco and Grace Moore have much in common, but they dont yet know it. He is an artist and she is a single mother. He needs a personal assistant and she needs a job to support herself and her child. She becomes his employee and their relationship is difficult. Both have secrets from the past that shadow their present. Only Gods grace can set them free.
Francine Rivers is one of my favorite authors. She uses her trademark skills in storytelling to create a beautiful story of love and redemption. Her characters are multi-faceted and develop over the course of the story. They are easy to relate to and I missed them when I finished the book.
The plot had some unexpected twists, but was not completely a surprise. I knew the 2 main characters would find each other in the end. However, along the way, the readers and characters learned what it means to trust God and to seek Him above all others.
I loved the healing and redemption that took place in this novel and the way that God used their pasts for good. This is a book that offers hope that Gods grace will change a persons life. Readers who enjoy a complicated but everything-turns-out-alright romance will enjoy this book.