A successful Los Angeles 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 with those demons by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious bu 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 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.
This book consumed me. It took over my life and my thoughts and even my dreams for the three days I lived within its pages. My heart was wrung out and stomped on and then pieced back together one glorious bit at a time. What an outstanding testimony of grace! Yes, it's really that simple...and that complicated.
Rivers celebrates God's ardent pursuit of His children. No matter what. No matter where. No matter how many times we mess up. He. Is. There. Constant and loving. Always forgiving. I mean, I knew that...but I don't think I really knew it this completely until I lived life with Roman and Grace. What a witness for redemption and an encouragement to Christian readers. Because we're not perfect. Gasp! We mess up royally. Multiple times. Even when we know better. But Jesus is waiting anyway. This is something Grace knows and Roman has yet to learn at the beginning to their story.
And what a story! Complex and challenging! Roman is horrid when we first meet him, but the author is very clever about slowly revealing a backstory that explains so much and made me open my heart up to him a little more with every page turn. And Grace, struggling to make a new life after her old one crashed and burned.These two have heartbreaking childhood histories that have shaped them as adults. And oh how they clash! So many charged scenes when one unwittingly triggers the other. And heartfelt discussions -- some of the best being when Grace witnesses to Roman and he's not having any of it. But she plants the seed and in spite of himself it flourishes. There are two love stories here -- one between a man and a woman and another between a man and God.
Honestly, I'm breathless at the depth and breadth of their story. Beautifully written and backed with live-out-loud secondary characters that made this an even more delightful read. And the details -- so many exquisite pieces all deftly woven into this masterpiece! The luxurious length -- 458 pages -- is an added blessing....though I honestly couldn't get enough of Roman and Grace! My first Francine Rivers...what on earth have I been waiting for?!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS FOR AN EBOOK VERSION ONLY
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