Friday, February 16, 2018

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers Book Review

In this unexpected and redemptive love story, 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.

New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to her romance roots with this probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece.

My Thoughts:
Francine Rivers has been a long time favorite author for me.  I love the complexity of her characters and the plots that she weaves into her stories.
The Masterpiece you find yourself going back and forth in the past and in present day. It’s throughout the book as she does this with two of the main characters. It adds a lot of debt to the story. It didn’t take the story long to grab my interest.  
Grace is a strong believer but has many struggles and hurts after finding her husband with another woman. Shortly afterwards she finds out she is pregnant. Her intention is to give up her baby for adoption until she sees her newborn baby and holds him in her arms. She has had a rough life with the violent death of her parents and her cheating husband who divorces Grace.
Then you have Roman. He is an atheist and whose life is a bit of chaos. Grace comes to work for him as a personal assistant. They are as different as day and night. We know that only God can take a mess and create a Masterpiece out of two lives.
There are a few things that may not sit well with some readers. One is the topic of divorce and marrying again. The other is abortion as Grace’s friends at church think she should have an abortion.
Overall, this was an interesting book but, not one of my favorites from Francine River. A good reminder of God’s love for His Creation.
I received a free copy of this product from Tyndale House Pulbishers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this information accordance with the FTC Regulations.

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