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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.
A highly sought-after artist by day and clandestine graffiti prankster by night, Roman Velasco has shut his heartuntil 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 boys constant maternal presence. So when Grace accepts a job as the temperamental Romans 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 its a dream come true. Romans rough language and atheism, however, trouble Grace, just as Graces spirituality and privacy trouble Roman. After all, hes used to easy women and commitment-free interludes. Christian novelist Rivers (Earth Psalms, 2016, etc.) 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.
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.
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!
Brandi H5 Stars Out Of 5The MasterpieceMarch 19, 2018Brandi HQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is an excellent book! Francine Rivers did a wonderful job! Very interesting.
savingsinseconds4 Stars Out Of 5Rivers sets the tone for Christian fictionMarch 17, 2018savingsinsecondsQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book is MASSIVE at nearly 500 pages. The cover is beautifully illustrated with sweeping, muted colors and a graceful image of a wing. The story is about two broken individuals struggling for survival. Everything screams symbolism in this story the hot, desert-like environment, isolated home in the middle of nowhere, magazine-worthy house without a family to make it a homeits all a metaphor. Supernatural moments were surprising to encounter in this tension-filled romance.
Unfortunately, I didnt connect with these characters the way Id hoped. Due to Graces situation as a single mother, she took advantage of a family trying to offer her a home. I felt resentful of her entitlement! Really, how hard is it to find childcare?! If she found the living expenses or job market to be too harsh, why not MOVE? On the other hand, Romans success as an artist allowed him too much freedom with his time and actions. He was almost hedonistic in his behaviors, making it hard for me to want him to become romantically involved with Grace. Though the big twist was so easy to see (even by the first 100 pages), it wasnt the cathartic moment I expected it to be. The flashbacks provided by both characters set out the background. I found it to be too much information in far too many pages. It would have been just as well to hear a basic summary through some dialogue or even a getting-to-know-you conversation. Still, Rivers carried the story with a sweet reminder of Gods enduring love. Gentle words of encouragement and peace comforted me throughout the story.
Thanks to Tyndale for sending me a free copy of the book. Opinions shared are mine.
church librarin5 Stars Out Of 5a winnerMarch 16, 2018church librarinQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Another well written novel
Kathy5 Stars Out Of 5Riveting storyMarch 16, 2018KathyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I couldn't put this book down. It was very different from her other books, interesting and brought out all your emotions. A must read.