Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Redeeming Love is a story inspired by the book of Hosea found in the Holy Bible. Set in California in the year 1850, the story is about a young girl, Sarah, who was rejected by her father and left alone by her beloved mother. At a tender age, Sarah is sold to a brothel. There she is raised and used as a prostitute. The loving little girl that Sarah was is transformed into an angry young woman, Angel, embittered by a life of constant hurt and betrayal. With every man that enters her room, Angel feeds the hate and bitterness until it threatens to destroy her. Every desperate attempt to change her life is met with utter failure. Despondency sets in and Angel gives up. With nothing to hope for, she is defeated. In obedience to the voice of God, Michael Hosea takes Angel as his wife. He promises to love her till the day he dies. In his dedication, he demonstrates to her the love of Christ his Savior. With tenderness unlike any Angel has ever known Michael begins to break through the walls of her hardened heart. With the help of the Altman family, he tries to show her that there is still some good in the world. But Angel, branded to the core with a tainted background, feels that although there might still be some good in the world, there is none in her. She doesn't know love like his. The only thing Angel knows of love is that it never lasts. Michael continues to try to persuade her otherwise, always encouraging and loving her, despite her resistance. He treats her like no other man ever has. But in response to the alien sensations Michael arouses in her, and in a desperate effort to escape that which she does not understand, Angel flees. In her flight, however, Angel is yet again confronted with the unconditional love of Christ. Will she come to a saving knowledge of what freedom Christ's love brings?