Redeeming Love, written by Francine Rivers, is a retelling of the story of Hosea and Gomer in the Bible. Set in the mid-1800s during the California Gold Rush, it brings forth the lives of Angel and Michael.
Angel, sold into prostitution as a child, has never been able to escape from her plight. She finds herself in Pair-a-Dice, California, working as a prostitute, where her beauty draws men in flocks. Her hardened heart and hatred toward these men get her through each day, until Michael Hosea comes to town. Immediately drawn to Angel, he feels God is telling him to marry her. Although the marriage does not come about the way he plans, he is determined to honor his vows, even when Angel runs away from him over and over. She begins trying to escape what she feels is being owned by another man, and ends up running the final time in an effort to protect Michael from a life she sees as not good enough for him.
This is a truly beautiful love story. I would, however, recommend caution in regard to preteens or younger readers due to the subject matter. While nothing lewd or inappropriate is included, portions are clearly intended for more mature readers.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.