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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.
Number of Pages: 496
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly wantmoney, 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 artistan 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 relationshipand both their livesforever.
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.
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.
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.
SandyJ5 Stars Out Of 5The MasterpieceApril 13, 2018SandyJQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This fictional story was up to Francine's best. Enjoyable plot and great storytelling
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The MasterpieceApril 9, 2018MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Masterpiece is now my favorite book by Francine Rivers. The main characters, Grace Moore and Roman Velasco, are very different at first glance, but as the story unfolds, circumstances in their pasts are similar. At one point in the story, Grace told Roman she had never met anyone who needed the Lord more than he did. At first, Roman isn't very likable. As we learn more about his background, done through flashback chapters for both Roman and Grace, I felt more sympathetic towards him. I had compassion for Grace from the beginning. Through Roman and Grace, plus the supporting characters, the reader is reminded most of us are broken in some way, we all are sinners, and we all need Jesus.
IVLeagueCabot, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Theology does matter!March 31, 2018IVLeagueCabot, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1** spoiler alert ** One day I was praising the author on Twitter for so clearly explaining the depravity of man and Christ's propitiation for our sin. The next day, I had to withdraw my comment due to the shaky theology I was encountering.
1. These characters are constantly speaking to God and hearing definitive answers. Wouldn't that be nice?
If it had only happened a time or two, I could have written it off as the "still small voice", but the rate of occurrence was unsettling. It's also interesting to note, these instructions from God never come while the character's are reading Scripture.
2. One character receives multiple visits from an angel. I do not deny the existence of angels. However, this visit is like nothing we read in Scripture. Do we ever read of anyone getting a personal friendly angel who comforts them nightly?
3. THE ABSOLUTE DEAL BREAKER -- When Roman drops DEAD on the sidewalk, he is ushered into hell by two demons. Once IN hell, he cries out to Jesus who appears as a bright light and takes his hand. Miraculously, Roman is revived and taken to a hospital both for his heart and a demon inflicted wound to his leg (which handicaps him for the remainder of the book).
Perhaps at this point, you are questioning whether Roman was really dead. In a later chapter he tells a reporter, "I had a heart attack, died on the sidewalk, and went to hell. Jesus got me out." Chapter 37
My thoughts: We are given the opportunity to repent and believe todaywhile we are living. When we die, it's game over! Jesus does not do special operation rescue missions into the pit of hell.
Why I believe this:
In the parable of the rich man (Luke 16:19-31) we read, But Abraham replied, Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.
I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. (John 3:3)
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on them. (John 3:36)
Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment (Hebrews 9:27)
They also will answer, Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you? He will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me. Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. (Matt 25:44-46)
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. (Rev 20:11-12)
As a new believer, this author's Mark of the Lion Series won me to Christian fiction. She is an exquisite storyteller and I admire her skill. I'm not saying this book is poorly written. However, I do not feel like I can recommend a story in which the plot hinges on Christ descending into hell to save a sinner. To me, if you are a Christian fiction author your purpose should be to glorify Godthat can only be accomplished when He and His Word are represented correctly. Theology does matter!
MaryAtlanta, GAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Top Ten!March 26, 2018MaryAtlanta, GAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a fabulous story with wonderful characters! Its definitely one of my top ten favorite books!
Chela5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful!March 23, 2018ChelaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have been a Franvine Rivers fan for a long time but this book out does them all. Like all her books It had me gripped by the first chapter and being a native californian it was very vivid. The story line keeps you on your toes from cover to finish. Beatifully done!