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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.
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wow! What a Powerful Story!March 12, 2018Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5After reading quite a few rave reviews about The Masterpiece, I decided to request it at my local library and give it a go. I am so glad that I did! This book was really large physically and was actually quite a long story at 484 pages in my library copy. Well, I devoured it in one weekend! I could not stop reading Roman and Grace's story.
I was captivated by these characters. They had been through so much in their tragic pasts. I was equally enthralled with both the flashbacks and with the present storyline. I thought that the author did a very good job of representing Roman, a nonbeliever who came from a very rough beginning. I also found Grace extremely interesting. She was a Christian, but had used bad judgment and followed worldly desires at certain times in her life. Sometimes she had trouble letting go of the guilt associated with those decisions.
I enjoyed this story so much and will definitely plan to read it again some time in the future.
daischopChattanooga, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5SpellboundingMarch 12, 2018daischopChattanooga, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Wow. So this was a fairly thick book and despite my interest in it, it took a very long time before I was able to push aside time to devote to it. Over 450 pages is a first in a long time for me.
The book intrigued me with what it offered: "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."
The story flowed along well and perhaps I had too many times where I had to set the book down to deal with life. But, in the end, I enjoyed the story that was portrayed within the covers. There was darkness and then light, areas where I could relate to and then other's where I felt myself stepping back and wondering, where on earth is she going with this book.
My overall feeling, is that the book is well worth a read to allow the reader an opportunity to come away with their own take away.
I received this book from Tyndale Publishers. All opinions of the book are my own.