You MUST read this book! "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers is the retelling of the Hosea and Gomer story (from the Bible) set in the 1850s in California. It looks like a sappy love story, it could have been a melodramatic Christian novel. But it is soooo not. It opens with Sarah meeting her father for the first time and being rejected. Her mother, a prostitute, basically chooses her father over Sarah. He later rejects the mother as well. Then at the ripe old age of 8, yes 8, she is sold into prostitution by her mother's drunken idiot boyfriend. The story then picks back up at Sarah (now working under the name Angel) being 18 at still a working girl. Michael then comes to rescue her whether she wants to be rescued or not. The two begin a wonderful, complex, intense and strange love story.
By the end of the first chapter this book has the reader completely trapped. I couldn't stop reading it. It is so well written. It doesn't pull any punches yet doesn't leave you feeling sick either. The characters are fabulous. I am only kicking myself for not reading it sooner. Read it. I received this book from Blogging for Books.