February 6th 2018 I could not put it down. Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2018. The Christian character dates a youth pastor, only has art depicting Jesus on her walls, tells the bad boy artist she has a “thing for Jesus”. Francine Rivers used to be the only Christian fiction writer I could tolerate (LOVED her Mark of the Lion series) but I haven’t enjoyed her last few books and this one is no exception. Review of The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers The Masterpiece is Francine River's most recently published book. I didn't like any of the characters (with the possibile exception of Brian). Visit Tyndale online at www.tyndale.com. I couldn’t put the book down. by Francine Rivers. Firstly, it’s ridiculously predictable. I came here to see if I could justify not finishing it. The characters were strong and the storyline remarkable. Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2018. How God can and does work all things together for good to those that are called according to His purpose. To see what your friends thought of this book, It was definitely written to be "done." 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. The characters are well-developed. I've only read Redeeming Love and the Marta's Legacy books by Ms. Rivers. Just feast your eyes upon all of these debut books to check out and emerging authors to... 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. Richly detailed characters with traumatic pasts are woven together with Biblical truths and redemptive themes. Kirkus Reviews "Richly detailed characters with traumatic pasts are woven together with biblical truths and redemptive themes. 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. Fiction. I want to read novels about real humans who deal with real life situations and whose faith is an organic part of who they are, of people who find Jesus because of someone else being Jesus to them, NOT super preachy tomes that slam you over the head with "the Gospel". Editorial Reviews. There’s a time for everything under the sun, Bobby Ray. As a Christian woman, in my own personal hell that I went through, God revealed things to me that I needed to lay at His feet and learn to forgive myself because He forgave me. They have all the feels within them and just make you want to come back for more. How God can and does work all things together for good to those that are called according to His purpose. Francine Rivers - The Masterpiece. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It took a completely over-the-top, implausible and just flat-out silly -- not to mention theologically questionable -- incident to change his heart (and this doesn't deserve a spoiler warning because you know from the get-go what the plot and outcome are going to be). (Go read Jan Karon's Mitford series for a perfect example of how to do it right. Such a powerful story of love, redemption, and forgiveness. Francine pulls out all the stops when she writes, her characters struggling with real life issues, being damaged by a past over which they had no control. / Heidi Erickson. I'm a Bible-believing Christian, and I love reading novels with characters who are winsome about how they share their faith with others, but Grace was not that character. A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco... No other editions available. See all 8 questions about The Masterpiece…. Crouching, he moved quickly. Francine River's creation is truly a masterpiece. Tyndale, $25.99 (500p) ISBN 978-1-4964-0790-0. I pre ordered the book and it arrived the same day it was released. More. Troubled unbeliever artist with a past falls for mostly-good girl Christian after not liking each other to start with. The next day, I had to withdraw my comment due to the shaky theology I was encountering. There is one you can always count on, Christ our Lord! As Adele would say, reading a new book by Francine Rivers feels like home. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. “All I can tell you is faith is just the beginning of a long, difficult journey.” ― Francine Rivers, The … We know how the book ultimately end. Another book from Francine Rivers like this, that’s what! Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. I deeply regret the money I spent on this book. Demonstrates that you cannot judge every "book" by its cover (pun intended). This is an amazing, beautifully written tale to be savored and pondered and shared with others." —RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars Top Pick “Fans of Francine Rivers will eagerly devour The Masterpiece and find exactly what they are looking for: a beautifully written story of faith, romance, and the power that true freedom can bring.” —Bookreporter.com This one was awful! Firstly, it’s ridiculously predictable. 1. I wish I could give this book a higher rating than 5 stars. The synopsis on the back of the book: A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want―money, women, fame. Yes, it's really that simple...and that complicated. It’s been 4 yrs since I’ve read a Francine Rivers novel and I have really missed her writing. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. by Francine Rivers. Which one are you? Demonstrates that you cannot judge every "book" by its cover (pun intended). The storyline is realistic and not predictable. This was sooooo good. Add To Wishlist. And maybe it's not entirely the books fault. I think I can safely shelf this with no guilt! I have very much enjoyed Francine River’s other novels so decided to try her latest release. Secondly, the story falls into typical Christian fiction stereotypes, in particular, the obligato. . 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. She is one of my favorite author's, and I was so excited to see another new book from her. Such great characters. Rivers is a gifted writer that tells storied in such a way as to allow the reader to know each character. This is an amazing, beautifully written tale to be savored and pondered and shared with others." Not my favorite Francine Rivers book. Book Review: The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers. Of course, he’s hot and she’s gorgeous. Right across the street was a bank building, and he’d already left … Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Roman Velasco climbed the fire escape and swung over the wall onto the flat roof. And with that, I’m done. Stock No: WW407900. I have always loved Ms. Rivers' writing. 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. Forgive and move on. My heart was wrung out and stomped on and then pieced back together one glorious bit at a time. I could not put it down. It was definitely written to be "done." We’d love your help. Not enough of an interesting plot for me. I was reminded again and again of the ways God has moved in my life. There was something different about this novel. Add To Cart. This book consumed me. It took over my life and my thoughts and even my dreams for the three days I lived within its pages. Every character so real and deep. {SPOILER} Then we have the part where Roman has a heart attack and is tormented by DEMONS while unconscious but he is saved by Jesus himself and brought back to life and is, of course, now a believer. I’m so glad I clicked over to see your spoiler-review. New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers continues to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Francine River's creation is truly a masterpiece. Well, I devoured it in one weekend! (. the masterpiece by Francine Rivers ‧ RELEASE DATE: Feb. 6, 2018 A highly sought-after artist by day and clandestine graffiti prankster by night, Roman Velasco has shut his heart—until Grace Moore shows up on his doorstep. And then! After she broke down the true meaning of the novel, I then realized that it is indeed a "Masterpiece ". 4,244 global ratings | 2,038 global reviews, Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2018. The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. Richly detailed characters with traumatic pasts are woven together with Biblical truths and redemptive themes. Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2018. Nope. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. So did Grace. In the back of the book is an explanation of how this cover came to be. What is the best answer there? Secondly, the story falls into typical Christian fiction stereotypes, in particular, the obligatory conversion experience. As Christians we all have to learn to trust Christ. Even those things that we’d rather keep hidden and never bring out in the light of day. This was a refreshing novel that many can relate to through any of the characters. The Masterpiece had me from the beginning and I couldn't wait to keep reading. A touching story of overcoming adversity. The Masterpiece Francine Rivers. Other characters in the story also have interesting things happen as a result of their choices. Francine Rivers. I have been strugggggling through this book for the past two months because it is so boring. Francine Rivers has insight into real-life issues and makes no … She builds situations that, at times, brings a reader to tears, while, at others, excitement and joy. Francine Rivers is my favorite author by far so I hate giving a bad review. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Reviewed in the United States on February 14, 2018. This page works best with JavaScript. Francine Rivers is an excellent writer. Plot Summary Modern artist Roman Velasco is haunted by the events of his past — growing up in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco. by Tyndale House Publisher. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for The Masterpiece at Amazon.com. After the first 30 pages I was sucked in. Verified Purchase. I translated this book into Afrikaans and what a privilege it has been. One day I was praising the author on Twitter for so clearly explaining the depravity of man and Christ's propitiation for our sin. Watching the way God wove these characters lives together gives me hope and reminded me to always look at others perspectives. 4.5 stars, Romantic Times Top Pick The long wait between Francine Rivers’ novels is well worth it when the final page of this book is turned. Kirkus Reviews "Richly detailed characters with traumatic pasts are woven together with biblical truths and redemptive themes. A New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller“This character-driven romance will enthrall [Rivers’s] many fans.” —Library JournalThe 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 … Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. “For we are God’s masterpiece. Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2018. I am so glad that I did! By: Francine Rivers. This was a meaningful read! What I love about her novels is that they have substance, show the way of salvation and give hope, while she masterfully and cleverly creates a story line that makes her work one that you don’t want to put down. It is a story about people with very real issues in life. I laughed, I cried, I treated people better, I loved Jesus more, I absolutely love filling my head with this kind of past time reading. . The prayers from the characters throughout the chapters became my own. Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2020, I love the other Francine Rivers books I have read but eww! Soooo beautiful. We are fighting our battles and come from different backgrounds. 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). Nope. This was a solid 4 star read for me until I read the "Note from the Author". . 5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTERPIECE INDEED. I must confess, I was a little bit apprehensive about reading this book once I found out the author was a born again Christian. For the modern day Believer, Unbeliever, those set free and those still bound, there's Hope. There is no attempt to frilly them up or become too religious and not face the harsh and often brutal challenges experienced by many in this fallen world. Voilà Ridiculous Conversion Experience. I’ll begin with mechanical: After reading quite a few rave reviews about The Masterpiece, I decided to request it at my local library and give it a go. I read as fast as possible to reach the end, and now I am already missing Roman and Grace. Loved Grace and Roman. So all my chores got done today (weds) after getting the book Saturday at 8 pm. I read this book last Friday and I cannot stop thinking about it. (I honestly don’t think I’ve ever not finished a book, but man, I’ve been dreading getting in bed every night and forcing myself to keep reading.) I stopped reading 2/3 of the way through, though goodness knows I tried to like these characters and this story. 2,207 reviews. Buy Item $11.99 Retail: $25.99 Save 54% ($14.00) 5 out of 5 stars ( 66 Reviews) In Stock. The only problem in starting one of her books is household duties and errands get tossed aside until the book is finished! It was such a moving love story and Rivers has really done her research on art part of the book. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Well, I did have things I had to do in between, like work. It was endearing, realistic, sweet, heart wrenching, and so emotional. I could not stop reading Roman and Grace’s story. Another fantastic book by one of my favorite authors. In fact, I have likely referenced it several times this last week. The author seemed more intent on getting ol' Roman saved than on creating a believable character who is attracted to the love of Christ in others and comes to realize his need for Him. Very well done and highly recommended. So, when I saw she was releasing The Masterpiece, I didn't pass on it. WOW another fantastic read from Francine Rivers! . It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. I can’t get enough. New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers continues to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. The Masterpiece - Francine Rivers; Review : I am still in a book fog after reading The Masterpiece. He is reaching for you to come out! $17.99 Retail: $25.99 Save 31% ($8.00) 5 Stars Out Of 5 66 Reviews. Thanks, Francine, for such a beautiful story of love and God's amazing grace. What is the story centered on mainly plse? Richly detailed characters with traumatic pasts are woven together with Biblical truths and redemptive themes. Troubled unbeliever artist with a past falls for mostly-good girl Christian after not liking each other to start with. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. I want to rant and rave about how fantastic this book is, but the right words fail me. I did wonder, however, if there would be any spin off novels with any of the other characters as the lead role. What more can you ask for? You can still see all customer reviews for the product. THE MASTERPIECE tackles the story of two individuals who, at first glance, seem like they couldn’t be more different. I, too, come from a blemished past. 4.5 stars, Romantic Times Top Pick The long wait between Francine Rivers’ novels is well worth it when the final page of this book is turned. Review The Masterpiece. . I was anxious to be taken to a writing style that only Ms. Rivers knows how to do. This is Mrs. Rivers' best work - a true Masterpiece. Or even Francine Rivers' other books.). There's a problem loading this menu right now. Reviews; The Masterpiece; The Masterpiece. It matters not what you've done. Her work is amazing with those books. Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2018. Loved the honesty of the characters' struggles and seeing that dependence on God alone will always lead to the blessings He has for us. 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