Redeeming Love

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
WaterBrook Multnomah Books, 1997

*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. This is my honest opinion of the book I received.*

I know I already read this book a few months ago, but when I saw it up for review, I just couldn’t pass up the chance to read it again!

‘Let anyone among you who is without sin, be the first to throw a stone at her.’ John 8:7

Thus starts a novel that will take you on one roller coaster you never expected and weren’t quite ready for.  This verse at the beginning of the book frames the novel.

With that said, we are then introduced to Angel, a character of many layers that are slowly revealed throughout the book. To say her life has been difficult is an understatement. She has grown up in prostitution and knows no other way in life. Just when you think you’ve gotten to the core of who Angel is and why she is that way, something new is revealed that breaks your heart a little more.

Because she has no control over her life, she has learned to control her emotions and how she feels about what happens to her. She is closed off and bitter about her life and the world that she has grown up in. She is in pain from what she has had to endure.

This book tackles difficult subject matter. We meet Angel as a bitter young woman, who goes through a long journey full of suffering and, eventually, joy as she learns to open her heart and let love in.

This book shows us how great God’s love is. His love is enduring. His love never fails, even in the midst of our bad decisions and running away. God accepts us with all our imperfections and shortcomings, and he loves us.

Rating: 4 stars

To read the prologue, click here.


Giveaway: On Distant Shores

Welcome back, readers! Yesterday, I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the Litfuse tour for On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin and posted my review on her book.

Today, I have an extra giveaway for all of you! I have an extra copy of On Distant Shores (Thank you to Litfuse and Revell!), and one of my lucky readers will be winning a copy of their own!

Also, this is my first giveaway, so it is all very exciting! There are 2 ways to enter, which are all explained in the Rafflecopter.

How to enter: First, follow my blog. If you do not blog on WordPress, go to the right side of this page and in the column, you will see a place where you can enter your email address to follow my blog- enter your email there, and you are good to go! After you follow the blog (or if you already do), don’t forget to verify your entry on the Rafflecopter, so it will count!

After you follow the blog, the opportunity for a second entry will be unlocked to leave a comment.

Enter through this link: a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will be open until September 3rd, in conjunction with the Litfuse blog tour.  A winner will be chosen randomly and announced by September 6th and will have a week to respond to my email with their address in order to receive their prize!  If there is no response, another winner will be chosen. Good luck!  (only ship to US address in one of the 50 states)

No purchase is necessary.

Odds of winning are based on number of entries. Up to 2 entries per person.

US residents, 18 and older are eligible.

And don’t forget the Facebook party and giveaway on September 3rd for Sarah Sundin’s new book!
Enter Today – 8/15 – 9/2!
Sarah Sundin On Distant Shores

“On Distant Shores” by Sarah Sundin | Review, Romantic Weekend Getaway Giveaway, Facebook Party and Blog Tour

On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin
Wings of the Nightingale, Book 2
Revell, 2013

*Thank you to Litfuse and Revell for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*

Summary: (from the back cover)
Caught between the war raging around them and the battles within, two souls long for peace—and a love that remains true.

Lt. Georgiana Taylor has everything she could want. A boyfriend back home, a loving family, and a challenging job as a flight nurse. But in July 1943, Georgie’s cozy life gets more complicated when she meets pharmacist Sgt. John Hutchinson.

Hutch resents the lack of respect he gets as a noncommissioned serviceman and hates how the war keeps him from his fiancée. While Georgie and Hutch share a love of the starry night skies over Sicily, their lives back home are falling apart. Can they weather the hurt and betrayal? Or will the pressures of war destroy the fragile connection they’ve made?

With her signature attention to detail and her talent for bringing characters together, Sarah Sundin weaves an exciting tale of emotion, action, and romance that will leave you wanting more.

My Thoughts:

In the last few years, I have discovered Sarah Sundin’s books, and she has quickly made her way to the top of my favorite authors’ list. I continue to enjoy each book she writes, and I always know when I pick up one of her novels, I will be reading a story of substance that is well worth my time. I love how she crafts each character to have their own unique personality, flaws, and experiences they must go through in order to experience growth.

On Distant Shores is no different.

On the very first page of this book, Georgie makes a comment on how the interior of the C-47 cargo plane is full of drab khaki and needed a little “magenta or tangerine or violet” (9). Georgie’s personality jumped off the page and I instantly liked her.  When Georgie meets Hutch, they become quick friends, as Georgie takes him under her wing.

I really enjoyed watching Georgie and Hutch become friends through their mutual interest in stargazing, as they talked under the night sky and shared about life and home.  They challenge each other – for Georgie to learn to make her own decisions and for Hutch to be content with his position- so they can grow in the midst of the challenges they each face.

Georgie struggles to make her own decisions, but Hutch sees her for who she can be, who God wants her to be. He encourages her and believes she can become who she really is. When Georgie’s life is affected by the first real tragedy of her life, she is motivated to make that change and move forward.  The tragedy she faces fuels her passion to do what God has for her and to follow his will for her life. It pushes her to grow and look to God for guidance. Likewise, Georgie supports Hutch and believes that he can also reach his goal.

What I enjoyed most about Georgie and Hutch’s relationship was that they saw the best in each other, they challenged each other, and they both desired to be who God wanted them to be.  They were a good balance for each other, as Georgie was talkative and outgoing, whereas Hutch was quiet and thoughtful. Overall, Sundin takes us on a wonderful journey through the ups and downs of Georgie and Hutch’s lives in the midst of war.

At the heart of this novel, Georgie and Hutch learn to set goals, face their fears, and, ultimately, look to God for answers so they could grow into the people God intended them to be.  They learn that peace can only be found when we are following God’s will for our lives, and not our own.

Rating: 5 stars

And now…

Sarah Sundin is celebrating the release of her latest novel, On Distant Shores, with a Romantic Weekend Getaway giveaway!


One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A $200 Visa Cash Card (good for a perfect couple’s getaway)
  • With Every Letter and On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 2nd. Winner will be announced September 3rd at the “On Distant Shores” Author Chat Party on Facebook. During the party Sarah will be hosting a book chat, testing your trivia skills, announcing the winner of the Weekend Getaway, and giving away a ton of books, gift certificates, and more. Oh, and she’ll also be giving party goers an exclusive look at the next book in the Wings of the Nightingale series.

So grab your copy of On Distant Shores and join Sarah on the evening of September 3rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for a special surprise for all my lovely readers!