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New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers 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.


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Booklist Review

Grace Moore took the job as personal assistant to the renowned artist Roman Velasco because she knew it was a chance to begin an independent life with her infant son. Determined not to let love blind her again, she sets firm boundaries with her troubled, albeit gorgeous, boss. But something in Grace's quiet and persistent witness of her faith triggers something in Roman. When Roman's life in the shadows as an anonymous graffiti artist reawakens the pain from both of their dark and dangerous pasts, the two realize how connected they may actually be. Best-selling Rivers (Bridge to Haven, 2014) presents a lengthy, emotionally uninhibited tale of childhood trauma and its affects in adulthood. She handles the difficult topics of addiction, emotional abuse, gang activity, and murder-suicide, all connected to children, with unapologetic directness. Her writing is grounded in conservative Christian values and touches on deeper points of theology and the afterlife. Readers will marvel at Rivers' storytelling arc encompassing the reconciliation of gritty past misdeeds with the work in progress of a life of forgiveness.--Campos, Kate Copyright 2018 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Bestseller Rivers (Redeeming Love) brings unexpected faith to a fictionalized Banksy character in this ambitious novel. Roman Velasco is an artist who has his own studio, rising prestige, and large commissions-yet he keeps secret his life as the Bird, a renowned and elusive graffiti artist. Roman has searched for meaning in women, drink, and art but finds himself empty and angry. Enter Grace Moore, an emotionally wounded single mother who finds her meaning in God. She signs on as Roman's personal assistant, eager for the job but not so sure about the temperamental artist. Rivers pits the brokenness of these two-Roman's abandonment and trust issues and Grace's guilt and pain-against each other and the power of Jesus. Although Rivers too often uses phrases such as "he muttered a four-letter word" in place of cruder words, and frequently reverts to what feels like Christian jargon ("Two people saved by grace. That makes you my brother in Christ."), the tale will have her long-standing fans hooked. And the fully formed Roman will likely garner her new ones. Agent: Danielle Egan-Miller, Browne & Miller Literary Associates. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Famous artist Roman Velasco battles his demons in the night as The Bird, a graffiti artist. This alter ego draws from Roman's past before fame and fortune made him wealthy but empty inside. Grace Moore is a suddenly single mother who needs to work. After her husband's betrayal, she finds comfort in her faith. When an opportunity comes her way to be the personal assistant to the reclusive Roman, Grace is cautious but hopeful that the opportunity will give her some much-needed security. Little does either of them know how much they need each other. -VERDICT Rivers (Earth Psalms) is known for creating memorable characters whose brokenness serves as a pathway to redemption and finding faith in Jesus. This character-driven romance will enthrall her many fans. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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