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Redeeming Love

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She gains a reputation known all over town, and Sarah is forced to suffer the rejection of the townspeople because of it. I’ll tell you right now, I loved this book, but if it doesn’t gain traction by many, I’ll feel comforted that it’s safe and treasured on my bookshelf. It's really not, and perhaps Courtney Love is the one for me, but I don't suspect that she is, and therefore I won't be busting my ass to try and convince her that a Derk/Love wedding is the ultimate fulfillment of god's plan. I also didn’t like that her husband was suppose to be so understanding yet was still sleeping with her before she even loved him or before they really had a decent relationship. At first he acts cold, contemptuous, and sarcastic, but is startled by her humility and the genuine love she harbors for Michael.

The most redemptive part of the book is the idea that Michael is constantly forgiving Angel for her past.

Exactly, I ask God what is His will for my life now which talents should I use and I also understood that I must do the first step to make my dreams true 🙂 may our Lord show you how you may serve to Him!

Redemption (the supposed theme of this book) should lead to a complete transformation of heart and life. and when she finally does accept his proposal, it's while lying bruised and battered after one of her employer's thugs beats her within an inch of her life. Also, following his example means living a life that is devoid of purpose outside of having a romantic relationship, which means you are an empty, soulless person, and good luck attracting someone else if you have no interests, no passions, and nothing about yourself that you've built or cultivated.

Now, I don't know enough about the romance genre to say whether this is endemic within it, but I have seen my fair share of romantic comedies, and there is a sort of love narrative that I don't approve of.

Through this experience, Sarah learns to mask her emotions and replace them instead with a hard exterior.For starters, if there was a god who literally spoke to me and told me that a particular person was "the one" that would simplify things quite a bit. But even so, this book would have been so much better if Edith Wharton or Thomas Hardy had written it. Why would our default assumption be that this person is heartless and mean as opposed to having a good heart? Set in California’s gold country, in 1850, there is a gold rush and with it, men would do what they want and women would sell their bodies for a place to sleep. I'm quite willing to explain my thoughts further, but don't want to spend too much time on the review.

They have children who Angel likes, and that brings ups the fact that Angel has undergone some sort of barroom hysterectomy, which apparently didn't take because the epilogue explains that she inexplicably has kids anyway, Paul marries one of the cross-country travelers after he and Angel make peace, and all accept god as being The Man. The story was riveting at first, drawing me in, so that I read the first 100 pages without even setting it aside.Sarah in the story was sold into prostitution as a child and has suffered immense psychological trauma. A sweeping, romantic tale of a displaced New England suffragette, a former Union soldier disinherited by his Southern family, and the California frontier town they join forces to save. Back to the darkness she is familiar with, away from her husband’s pursuing love, terrified of the truth she can no longer deny: Her final healing must come from the One who loves her even more than Michael Hosea does…the One who will never let her go. This is a book that I will probably find myself reading over and over again until it simply falls apart at the seams. But this was not a bodice ripper, so Paul accepts Angel's apology, condescends to give one of his own, and gets his stinking HEA (the bastard).

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