An author’s prayer, when they release a book into the world, is that the story invokes emotions in some way. That the reader closes the back cover, and feels something. Contentment, joy, anger, warm fuzzies, what ever it may be, they want you to feel it right to the core. Well, Ms. Rivers, you did it.
I have read hundreds of books. Each one makes me feel something. Sometimes it is pleasant, other times — not so much. The Masterpiece is just that, a masterpiece written with such care so that the readers are enlightened or reminded of just how meticulous God was in designing mankind. As I closed the hard back cover of this beautiful story, I began to cry (Still am as I type this). I have been so touched by this story that I want to pass it off to every hurting person I know.
Now, I can hear it all ready, “You should be passing around the Word, not some work of fiction.” And you would be right, but hear me out. The beauty of Christian Fiction is how unthreatening it can seem until you hit that part of the story that hits you in the heart. Sharing with the reader God’s heart for them. The Masterpiece did that very thing. Each personal story and the current developing plot line touched me in a million ways.
One chapter shared the struggles of a young woman whose bad choice led to another and then another and so on until she was so trapped, she found herself in a situation that she could not see a way out. Her life was snuffed out too soon, and others were affected. Ms. Rivers wrote it so beautifully that my heart hurt for the one left in the wake of the tragedy, but then God reminded me that this event happens everyday, all over the world. Probably even in my own town. It broke me even more.
Though this book is touching, it is gritty and raw. There is no hiding how harsh this world truly is. It will break a person if they have no Hope. As believers, we need to be sharing the hope we know with them. Let me encourage you to get a copy of this story so you can see for yourself why I can say that The Masterpiece is my favorite book for 2019.
About the Book
“This character-driven romance will enthrall [Rivers’s] many fans.” Library Journal
The New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece.
A 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.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers continues to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her numerous bestsellers include Redeeming Love, A Voice in the Wind, and Bridge to Haven, and her work has been translated into more than thirty different languages. She is a member of Romance Writers of America’s coveted Hall of Fame as well as a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Visit Francine online at www.francinerivers.com and connect with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FrancineRivers) and Twitter (@FrancineRivers).