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A presentation of latest Christian books to hit the stores

The Masterpiece

Author: Francine Rivers

ISBN-10: 1496407903
ISBN-13: 9781496407900

Publishing Date: FEBRUARY 6, 2018

Availability in London: Creation Bookstore.

Available in: Paperback

Reviews courtesy of: Goodreads


Summary:

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.

Reader Reviews


Nicole Burrell rated “The Masterpiece” 4 out of 5 Stars.
Boys meets girl. They fall in love and live happily ever after. So simple, right? Not if Francine Rivers has anything to say about it!

For years, Rivers has faithfully produced stories that tug at our heartstrings...works like “A Voice in the Wind” and “When the Shofar Blew”. Most recently, “A Bridge to Haven”. Now, in her book that is set to release in January 2018, she is back and yes, still producing love stories that are both agonizing and glorious.

“The Masterpiece” follows two main characters. Roman is an artist with a troubled past who uses anger as a weapon and builds walls to make sure he is never hurt again. Grace is a struggling single mom with an equally complicated history. She chooses to hide from things that scare her, and often finds herself making choices that please others but ultimately harm her.

As you would expect, from the very start, Roman and Grace are set on a crash course into...well, each other. But there is so much more to their journey, starting with their separate struggles to understand the role God plays in their lives.

“The Masterpiece”, first, is a very enjoyable read. Rivers is an expert at cloaking her stories in mystery, in such a way that you find yourself turning page after page long after you should be asleep. She tells a story that moves quickly, and if the action doesn’t pull you along, the tug on your heart will. Second, though, and just as important, this book felt well-researched. It covers sensitive topics like childhood trauma, drug use, single motherhood, as well as exploring what the life of a graffiti artist is like. All were handled well, all treated with respect and I felt, without cliche.

Fans of Rivers may find that a novel set in the present day lacks some of the romantic muscle that, say “A Voice in the Wind” might have. But the characters of Roman and Grace are equal to the beloved names we all know from Rivers: Hadassah and Marcus, Paul and Eunice Hudson, Angel and Michael. You will find yourself rooting for them from the early pages of this novel. And with a heavy dose of spirituality, Rivers takes the book to a place that transcends place and time. Make room on your bookshelf for this one!


Marnie Krüger rated “The Masterpiece” 5 out of 5 Stars.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago (Ephesians 2:10).

First Sentence: Roman Velasco climbed the fire escape and swung over the wall onto the flat roof.

I'm always in awe when I see how God use different types of media and experiences to teach us and show us what He wants from us. Over the years, I've experienced this a lot with most of the books by Francine Rivers.


Robin Hatcher rated “The Masterpiece” 5 out of 5 Stars.
I wish I could give this book a higher rating that 5 stars. It's amazing. My heart was broken and stirred so many times throughout my reading. I was reminded again and again of the ways God has moved in my life. I read as fast as possible to reach the end, and now I am already missing Roman and Grace. Thanks, Francine, for such a beautiful story of love and God's amazing grace.


Mary Jackson rated “The Masterpiece” 5 out of 5 Stars.
I am still in a book fog after reading The Masterpiece.

It was such a moving love story and Rivers has really done her research on art part of the book. She tells about that at the end of the book. The characters were strong and the storyline remarkable. I loved the way it all turns out, I was on the fence for a while.

I challenge you to put this down once you start reading it. I think it will be one you read without realizing you have read the book in one evening.

Rivers has done it again another New York Times list winner.

I gave this book 5 stars two times and I HIGHLY recommend it.


Dana Michael rated “The Masterpiece” 5 out of 5 Stars.
Wow! I am speechless. I have no words to describe how I feel. I just finished this amazing book and can say this is one of the best books I have ever read. I never once wanted to put this book down. I was hooked from page one. This story tells of two people who are starved for love. One a former street hardened gang tagger and one a beautiful, sweet, single mom. I loved the story line and I loved the ending. This is another beautifully God inspired work by Mrs. Rivers.


Jennifer Pritchard rated “The Masterpiece” 5 out of 5 Stars.
5 wonderful stars for this one! It’s been 4 yrs since I’ve read a Francine Rivers novel and I have really missed her writing. This was sooooo good.

I felt like she was telling my story. My childhood was filled with drugs, alcohol, physical and mental abuse. My testimony was similar in so many ways. I was a runaway teenager living in LA with a stripper when I finally said yes to Christ.

If you love the Lord and live in grace, then you’ll love this story as much as I do. The romance and character interaction is the best I’ve read and you’ll not be disappointed. Happy Reading!


Natacha Ramos rated “The Masterpiece” 4 out of 5 Stars.
As Adele would say, reading a new book by Francine Rivers feels like home. “It’s like a dream come true.”

“The Masterpiece” has her footprint in every page. The well-developed concept of the book, the complexity of each character, and the message of redemption going through the story are very distinctive in her writing, and we can see all of that in this book as well.

Grace seems to be perfect in the midst of all her imperfection, as usually happens with the main female characters this author creates. However, it was nice to learn her background with all her disappointments, victories, fears, and mistakes. That helped me understand better some of the decisions she made.

Roman found a soft spot in my heart. His past, which led him to so much brokenness, made me feel empathy for him, and sorry for all what he had to go through. One way or another we are the result of things that have happened to us, but fortunately, we belong to a good God that can always put together all our broken parts.

This book is so well-written that it was easy for me to feel for Roman and Grace. I could connect with them after getting to know them better through their memories. Even though the first few chapters didn’t draw me into the story, I learned to enjoy their journey as I kept reading.

It’s always good to have Francine Rivers back. I really liked this book.


Vannetta Chapman rated “The Masterpiece” 4 out of 5 Stars.
This is only my second book to read by Francine Rivers. I very much enjoyed the unique story line. Interestingly enough, it was the back story of the hero that I found most compelling. I also liked how the problems weren't resolved instantly--both characters were a "work in progress," and change was something that took time.

At 512 pages in the hardcover edition, I felt the story was repetitious in places, which is my reason for a 4 instead of a 5. Impatient readers may skip a few scenes that they've already witnessed through the eyes of a different character. But overall this is an excellent story of grace and redemption, and I highly recommend it.


Heidi Williams rated “The Masterpiece” 5 out of 5 Stars.
A beautifully written story about heartache ,disappointment, fear, abandonment and above all the glorious love Jesus has for us all !!


Carla Corinne rated “The Masterpiece” 3 out of 5 Stars.
Not my favorite Francine Rivers book. And maybe it's not entirely the books fault. I would categorize this book as a romance, and I'm not usually into romances. Not enough of an interesting plot for me.

This is the story of Roman Velasco, a temperamental bad-boy artist with a tragic history, who was able to rise up from his life of foster homes and graffiti art on the streets to become a successful and famous, though rather quirky, muralist.

Enter Grace Moore, his new personal assistant. A Christian, but with an equally dark and tragic history. She has just come out of a divorce and is struggling to raise an infant son and make ends meet.

Spoiler: they fall in love. Spoiler: They clash in every way imaginable. Nothing much happened. There is lots of sexual tension, uncovering dark (but predictable) histories, lots of praying for guidance. For like, 500 pages. It was a decent story, though I was bored with the last 150 pages and wanted them to decide they loved Jesus and loved each other already, for crying out loud! There WAS a kind of crazy twist at the end that blew my mind a little bit, so I'm glad I read all the way to the end.


Ian Mcnamara rated “The Masterpiece” 5 out of 5 Stars.
I have only ever read one book by this author and that was redeeming love, that was a fabulous book and had been determined to read more, however until now that had not happened. When a friend offered me this title as they know I have read a book by the author in the past I decided that it would be a good one to read. I was not disappointed, this was a wonderful moving and very powerful story. The characters were well developed and it was lovely to see how all the characters grew and changed through out the story. This is an author I will be reading more of for sure, so looks like I have another favourite Christian fiction author to add to the list. Would highly recommend this book and advice people to read it.