New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece.
A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want – money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman’s past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn’t know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist?an 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, it’s 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 relationship – and both their lives – forever.
ISBN: 9781496407900 Publisher: Tyndale House Publisher Publication date: February 6th 2018 Pages: 512
This is only the second book of Francine Rivers that I’ve completed. It started of slowly, picked up speed and became interesting, losing steam, and then picking up again just before the end of the book.
This is a Christian romance book focussing around a single mother who had a strong Christian faith and her employer, who, to all intents and purposes, was a playboy with no direction or goals about his life. He was just going through the motions and living the good life as a super wealthy person is often portrayed as doing.
Character development started off strong and was intriguing. There was a real chemistry between Grace and Roman, at least as far as Roman was concerned anyway. Roman was intrigued, and fascinated, by Grace’s attention to detail and how well she got him organised. About part way through the book there’s a scene where Roman is in an accident as a result of this accident Roman turned his life over to God really quickly, or at least that’s how it sounded. Disclaimer: I’m a Christian myself and have had first hand experience of how fast God can move so I’m not saying that he doesn’t. The problem I have with this scene is it sounded like it was written in a rush and not well thought out, especially when compared with the rest of the book either side of this scene. I questioned if it was really that believable. The rest of this book picked up, just slightly, from here on out. So the writing style was all up and down and not as strong, or engaging, as the other book of hers that I read.
Recommend for: Adults Rating: 3 stars