The Masterpiece

The Masterpiece

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 Moor...

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Title:The Masterpiece
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The Masterpiece Reviews

  • Doretha

    I translated this book into Afrikaans and what a privilege it has been. Another fantastic book by one of my favorite authors. Loved the honesty of the characters' struggles and seeing that dependence on God alone will always lead to the blessings He has for us.

  • Melissa

    4.5 stars--Top Pick

    The long wait between Francine Rivers' novels is well worth it when the final page of this book is turned. Richly detailed characters with traumatic pasts are woven together with Biblical truths and redemptive themes. On the surface, this seems like a very basic romance, but when the layers are peeled back, each of the characters' choices in the past and present are thoughtfully explored. As Roman and Grace learn about each other, the reader, too, learns about them as glimpses

    4.5 stars--Top Pick

    The long wait between Francine Rivers' novels is well worth it when the final page of this book is turned. Richly detailed characters with traumatic pasts are woven together with Biblical truths and redemptive themes. On the surface, this seems like a very basic romance, but when the layers are peeled back, each of the characters' choices in the past and present are thoughtfully explored. As Roman and Grace learn about each other, the reader, too, learns about them as glimpses into their lives are revealed carefully as they relate to current experiences. This is an amazing, beautifully written tale to be savored and pondered and shared with others.

    Roman Velasco has overcome a tumultuous past to become a successful artist in LA — complete with a mansion and more money than he can spend. His prickly personality keeps him from growing too close to others, and it also makes it difficult to find a personal assistant willing to put up with him. Grace Moore is desperate for a job in order to support herself and her young son. The employment agency places her with Roman, and she begins to run his business with superb efficiency, yet she doesn't get close to him and he doesn't really approach her. As the two get to know each other and forge a tentative friendship, they begin to reveal parts of themselves that they have kept hidden for a long time. Yet it's going to take more than just friendship to break through the pain they have both endured. They will each need to learn how to yield to a Savior who can make them whole.

  • Nicole Burrell

    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 character

    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!

    *Please note that Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Chris Jager

    We have to wait 4 years between books by Francine Rivers. It is always worth the wait. A story that reminds you that God watches all that you do and loves you greatly in-spite of it. A gentle story of two very damaged souls that are just trying to find happiness. What they find instead is not only themselves, but each other.

  • Carrie (The Butterfly Reader)

    I won this through a Goodreads giveaway.

    First, let's jump into the good stuff. The writing style is lovely. The character development is top notch. The book never drags along. The plot moves at a solid pace that I enjoyed. The romance was so sweet and I loved watching these two grow together and just grow on their own. Grace is strong and soft all at once and I loved that about her. A great character.

    The big thing that I didn't like about this book but didn't find out till after I got it... Chr

    I won this through a Goodreads giveaway.

    First, let's jump into the good stuff. The writing style is lovely. The character development is top notch. The book never drags along. The plot moves at a solid pace that I enjoyed. The romance was so sweet and I loved watching these two grow together and just grow on their own. Grace is strong and soft all at once and I loved that about her. A great character.

    The big thing that I didn't like about this book but didn't find out till after I got it... Christian fiction. I've been into this once and I've got nothing at all against the genre. It's just not my thing. Had I known, I would have never entered the giveaway for this book.

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