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Redeeming Love

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California's gold country, 1850. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep.

Angel expects nothing from men but betrayal. Sold into prostitution as a child she survives by keeping her hatred alive. And what she hates most are the men who use her, leaving her empty and dead inside.

Then she meets Michael Hosea. A man wh
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 9th 2005 by Multnomah (first published 1991)
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Nikita Maria (reclaiming my literacy) I wish, but I also recognize that this will be incredibly difficult to adapt for two reasons:
1. It'll be too "sexual" for Christian audiences
2. It'll…more
I wish, but I also recognize that this will be incredibly difficult to adapt for two reasons:
1. It'll be too "sexual" for Christian audiences
2. It'll be too Christian for secular audiences

If you want to keep the movie somewhere in the ballpark of PG-13, a good deal of content will need to be cut--or the directors/editors will have to be creative in how they navigate those scenes. Even as a reader, there are certain scenes that made me blush, and I'm a New Yorker (virtually nothing makes us blush anymore). If anything, I could see this going the same route as The Red Tent and being adapted as a mini-series for a network like Lifetime, no more than 4 parts. The sad thing is that a lot of the spiritual content might get toned down in the process...I'd be more in favor of a Christian production company buying the rights and figuring out how to navigate the "sex scenes." If fans of the book watch the movie and complain about the toned down sexual content (which isn't graphic in the book to begin with), then it goes to show where their priorities are. (less)

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Mar 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any/all Romance readers
Recommended to Auntee by: Kathrynn M.
I'm not even going to attempt to review this one because I doubt that I could do it justice. Besides, there's over a thousand reviews of this book on GR (hard to believe--I must have been one of the few people who haven't read this book)! Anyway, it was definitely the best book I've read all year, and probably one of the best books I've EVER read. It was easy to read (the story flowed very smoothly), yet emotionally, it was very difficult to read. Parts of the book just tore me up inside, and I ...more

5 Inspiring Stars!! I'm soooo happy!! Where's a box of tissues when you need them?? I have to listen to the end again. Oh my, I can't stop crying!! Michael...he is the power of love!!


No review I could ever do, would give this book the justice it is so deserving of! You have to experience it to understand all the meaning that it holds. Thank you to KarLyn who was the first to tell me about this book, and then all my other friends who encouraged me to read it. It's an amazing journey I will NEVER
Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
Utterly heart wrenching. Gripping. Riveting. Extraordinary...I could go on and on and still not justify the magnitude of this story's brilliance— what it means, what it stands for, and how deeply it has affected me.

Reading Redeeming Love was an intensely humbling and inspirational experience. It isn't about drama or angst or sexy loves is a powerful, eye-opening story focused on faith and redemption; on rising up from the dust of despair and finding yourself worthy. It's about the u
Jennifer Kyle
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Please note: I read the Kindle version which apparently is the clean Christian version. The original paperback is what I should have read. Darn.

4 Angel Stars


This is a Christian based love story about a prostitute finding redemption and spirituality with her farmer husband. This book quotes a lot of scripture and the story itself is based on the Bible story of Hosea and Gomer.

Set in California in the 1950’s during the gold rush, Sarah is working as a high priced prostitute after years being owne
Natalie Vellacott
I didn't get very far into this before realising that it was R rated. Luckily I got it free so haven't wasted any money and can happily throw it away. One of the most troubling things about this book is that there are a number of reviews from non-Christians commenting on the graphic nature of this book and stating that they wouldn't have thought the writer was a Christian. That alone explains why Christian authors need to be careful with their content, they are representing Jesus.

I am aware that
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it

4.5 stars

Redeeming Love is one of those must-read romances worth reading at least once


There are two versions of Redeeming Love. This is a review of the original 1991 version. The 1997 version is basically the same as the original, but was edited to remove any descriptions of the love scenes and any coarse language to make it suitable for the Christian market.

Based on the Book of Hosea from the Bible, where God told the prophet, Hosea to marry the prostitute, Gomer -

"Go marry a prostitute and
Amy | Foxy Blogs
*Read this book about 10 years ago. Re-reading it now! (March 14th, 2013) I finished and this book is still my all time favorite book! Deserves more than 5 stars.*

This book is based off the love story from the Bible of Hosea and Gomer. Gomer is a prostitute and Hosea is a Godly man told to marry her. It's their struggle (she finds it hard to turn away from the life she has always known and basically born into).

This is the ultimate love story!
I loved reading about Michael & Angel's love sto
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers has undeniably earned a coveted spot on my top bookshelf of classically flawless stories. This is a book that I will probably find myself reading over and over again until it simply falls apart at the seams. Such a beautiful love story that I could not separate myself from both mentally and emotionally.

I read this book while I was traveling, and I truly don’t know how I made my connector flights or found my departing gate terminals, or even who sat next to me o
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رواية تضع أمام القارئ حقائق بالغة الدقة عن الفرق بين المقاييس البشرية والمقاييس الألهية في التعامل مع الأحداث التي تعترض حياة البشر . وتكشف الحكمة من العذابات والصعاب التي تعصف أحيانا بحياة الأنسان والتي يقف العقل عاجزا عن استيعابها أو فهمها.ما لا يفهمه البشر بشكل عام تكمن وراءه حكمة الهية وخير عميم . ولا يقوى على استيعاب متناقضات الحياة وأهوالها إلا من تسلح بالإيمان العميق .

تعاملات مايكل معاها, وتعاملاتها مع مايكل, هم صورة حية لعلاقتنا مع الله الذي لا نستوعب محبته وقبوله الفائق لنا مهما كان حال
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
I think the purpose of this book was overshadowed by the very dark subject matter. A lot of people have called this a Christian Romance, I find that very hard to believe. The story is about a young girl sold into prostitution at the age of eight who later is rescued by a man named Michael. The books goes into shocking, disturbing detail of the sad life she led. She run’s away from her devoted husband multiple times, which also got old. The whole thing was very depressing and I only continued to ...more
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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She thought she had been saved by his love for her, and in part she had been. It had cleansed her, never casting blame. But that had been only the beginning. It was loving him in return that had brought her up out of the darkness.

Wow. So much to say about this book. And I don’t even know where to begin. The emotions incited were overwhelming. My chest still hurts from the feelings I have. I must say, I don’t cry often when I read. And when I do, it is more often out of sorrow and pain
Hm, hard review to write! I appreciate the story of redemption Rivers set out to tell, but I didn't like how she went about it. The story was riveting at first, drawing me in, so that I read the first 100 pages without even setting it aside. But I had to lay the book down to complete a task, and as I did it, I realized that I was feeling...dirty.

Truly, a great deal of the book is focused on sordid and dirty details. Even after we are away from the subjects of child rape, human trafficking, auct
Mar 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers looking for frontier inspirational romance or a retelling of the Book of Hosea
Recommended to Eastofoz by: Auntee
Shelves: fiction
This is a difficult book to rate because at times it’s a 1 and then a 3 and I can even see how readers could give it a 5 star rating. It’s an inspirational romance that at times is quite heavy on the religious aspect in my opinion. If the idea of a kind of self-sacrifice to the extreme that doesn’t seem to benefit anyone apart from God (but even then that’s debatable) appeals to you, then you’ll probably like this book. I didn’t particularly enjoy it, but I could appreciate it.

It’s not the great
Sep 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
I recieved this as a part of the First Reads program.

I was repulsed by this book.

It's supposed to be a Christian romance novel. Full disclosure, I'm an atheist, so I wasn't expecting to exactly fall in love with the book. But I found the concept of the story of Hosea being retold during the Gold Rush interesting, or else I wouldn't have picked it up.

So you may ask, why was I so repulsed by this book? Looking past the forced marriage, rape, beatings and child rape described in the book. Also look
Mona M. Kayed
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

قرأت هذه الرواية لأول مرة في يومين ، ثم أعدت قراءتها بعد ذلك أربع مرات على مدار ثلاث سنين ، بساطتها و عمقها تجبرانك على الولوج في الأعماق الإنسانية كما لم تفعل من قبل ..

كلماتها مفعمة بالتسامح و المحبة غير المشروطة ، لا أحد على وجه البسيطة يملك الحق في اتهامك أو تصنيفك ، لا أحد يملك سلطة على نفسك ، قد تكبلك القيود لكنك وحدك تملك مفاتيح أقفالها ، و حين تنهي قراءتها تتفهم تماماً أن معظم آلامك كانت نابعة منك أنت لأنك لم تكن قادراً على مسامحة نفسك و لم تتمكن من استيعاب طبيعتك البشرية المجبولة على ا
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I am not religious, so my review of this inspirational romance will be coming from the perspective of a secular reader. Our theme read in the Unapologetic Romance Readers group for the month of May was "christian romance," and REDEEMING LOVE was actually my nomination. Francine Rivers is a name that gets bandied around a lot, not just in the christian fiction groups, but also in the historical romance groups in general. I was curious to see
♡Karlyn P♡
wow, a very powerful story! I listened to this one on my iPod. I tried so hard not to cry (especially toward the end) but I finally had to pull over and wipe my eyes when it ended. So much grief, redemption and joy. A fantastic story that drew me in and kept me glued.

Its a historical romance set in mid 1800's gold country region of California. Angel is a damaged young woman working a brothel and struggling with many horrors from her past. Michael is a devout Christian who believes God wants him
الرواية من الأدب الديني المسيحي ومعتمدة اعتمادا كليا علي ذلك في توضيح أهمية الدين للوصول إلي بر الأمان ..
جسد واحد بحيوات عديدة بائسة ... سارة الفتاة البريئة ... انجل الفتاة المُغتصبة ثم بائعة الهوي ... أماندا أو ترصة زوجة الفلاح ... لتعود في النهاية إلي سارة الرقيقة زوجة المحبوب مايكل ..
فتاة نبذتها الحياة وكل ما ومن فيها بدءا من أبيها عشيق أمها مرورا بصديق أمها ومواجهتها لحياة الساقطات في كل مدينة حتي نبذت هي نفسها وأصبحت تحمل أوزارها في كل مكان ..
بنت سورا عاليا حول قلبها فهي لا تستحق الحياة منذ
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of books like Love Comes Softly
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Buddy read with Archaeologists Anonymous
Oh, if she could only be Eve again, a new creature in Paradise. Before the Fall.

3.5 stars. I had a full review typed out and accidentally closed my window without saving. Take 2 will have a couple of thoughts (and a very awesome quote) missing.

Michael and Sarah/Angel are destined to be together. Michael's prayers have led him to Angel, and when he sees her, he knows that she is the one he has been praying for. However, Michael is having a hard time convincing Angel of this. For Angel is a pr
Mar 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF @ page 50

I was supposed to read this to page 200 as punishment for lost bet but I'm gonna be dishonorable scum and just bail out of it because I just can't go on with this. This book is probably good if you are into this kind of stuff but religious romance about redeeming love for anti-romantic, cynical atheist like me was just torture.
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah was the by-product of an affair between her mother and a wealthy married man - a father who was only interested in his mistress and wants nothing to do with his child. He eventually dumps them, and cut off from funds and family let's just say that life on the docks isn't easy. When she's left on her own, Sarah is sold to a pedophile and eventually into prostitution. The main focus of the story begins years later as Sarah (now called Angel) is most highly sought after prostitute in the Cali ...more
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this years ago and realized I hadn't rated it. Such a beautiful story!
Jennifer Leighton
I feel like my heart has just been put through the wringer. Wow.

There are two versions of Redeeming Love: the original 1991 version, and the 1997 version that was sanitized to remove the coarse language and (very) mild love scenes to make it fit for the Inspirational market. I bought the original 1991 version, but even with it being the original, the story still has a strong religious bent, and the love scenes are not explicit but more implied.

To be honest, I put off reading this for a very lo
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I can safely say that I should have never started this book.

I have heard about this book for ages. It pops up from time to time on friends' feeds, and with over 70,000 Goodreads ratings and over 1,600 Amazon ratings, I'd say it is a pretty popular book. When I saw this come up on NetGalley, I was hesitant to give this a try. However, the Kindle book costs $9.99, so I figured this was my only shot to see what all the fuss was about. I asked a few GR friends if they thought that this book was app
Oct 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
My 1st Xtian romance & may be my last. Nothing wrong w/ the writing, just not my cuppa. I was raised a baptized & confirmed Catholic who went to Catholic schools, but turned into a semi-atheist (plz don't cast rocks @ me). I still don't feel like converting after reading this book. The romance is above par & told in a smooth style, but I didn't buy the message the author tried to convey & it took some adjustment to see the words 'God' & whatnot popping up way too liberally. I ...more
Marwa Mohamed
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
— " إنَّ حبي لك ليس سلاحًا بل حبل سلامة ونجاة .
مدٌي يدك وامسكي به ولا ترخية أبدًا "

— "هل تقدر المحبَّة أن تخلص أي إنسان ؟
هل من الممكن للحب إن يحررنا ؟
في تلك الملحمة الرومانسية الأنسانية
التي كتبتها «فرنسين ريفرز»
والتي استوحتها من قصة حب هوشع النبى وجومر المرأة الزانية، فى الكتاب المقدس العهد قديم.

لـ تدور أحداث الرواية في نيو إنغلاند عام ١٨٣٥
لتحكي لنا قصة «سارة» الفتاة الجميلة التي
تعيش مع والدتها في منزل ريفي لتكتشف فيما
بعد إنها نتاج علاقة غير شريعة بين والدتها
وبين والدها الذي هجر أمها و
Redemption. This is a story about redemption.

I am not a person who is ever at a loss for words. It doesn't happen. Yet as I sit at my computer, wanting to write this review so badly, I am at a loss for words. The beauty and lasting impression this novel makes on the reader is hard to put into words. After reading Redeeming Love, I am emotionally exhausted. I have cried many tears, been angry, hurt, and horrified at the atrocities in this story, and yet have this silly grin on my face when I thin
5+++ Stars

An amazing and unforgettable love story that touched my heart deeply. I do not own the words that would do this book justice in a review. I highly recommend this to everyone.

Angel lost her innocence and hope as a young child. At only eight years old, she is sold to a man who rapes her and then forces her into a life of prostitution. Now, a young beautiful woman, she is full of bitterness and has little or no self-worth. There is no hope left in her soul. Her tragedy is heart breaking,
This is a Christian Inspirational Historical romance - a genre I rarely seek out. Thanks to some enthusiastic reviews, I decided to take the plunge. I read the 1997 version that is posted at Open Library and I was moved by it, but I didn't understand why I could sigh and say "how romantic." Then I read some of the reviews here and I learned there is a 1991 version that has more explicit and/or sensual love scenes between the two protagonists (it's all fade to black in this version) and it has ro ...more
Aug 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
There are many things, good and bad, that could be said about this book, but I have only one thing to say.

Forced sex is rape. Every time. When her brother in law drives her through the wilderness and commands her to have sex with him or he will abandon her there, he is using physical and emotional force. That is pure rape.

What makes me sick is that she has to "find forgiveness" for this, that he never repents, that the book never recognizes rape for what it is. Especially after all the rape and
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New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers continues to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her numerous bestsellers include Redeeming Love, A Voice in the Wind, and Bridge to Haven, and her work has been translated into more than thirty different languages. She is a member of Romance Writers of America's coveted Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the Lifetime ...more
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