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 wantmoney, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Romans past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesnt know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artistan 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, its 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 relationshipand both their livesforever....
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The Masterpiece Reviews
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. My heart was wrung out and stomped on and then pieced back together one glorious bit at a time. What an outstanding testimony of grace! Yes, it's really that simple...and that complicated.
Rivers celebrates God's ardent pursuit of His children. No matter what. No matter where. No matter how many times we mess up. He. Is. There. Constant and loving. Always forgiving. I mean, ...more
I read this book last Friday and I cannot stop thinking about it. In fact, I have likely referenced it several times this last week.
The storyline, while nothing unique, brings completely flawed characters that judge one another as being something they are not in the beginning.
I loved seeing the journey of the raw characters, woven throughout the story, while still leaving you with a few unanswered questions, just as life tends to do.
I am not an artist, have never really gotten the appeal of t ...more
I was hesitant to read The Masterpiece after being disappointed in A Bridge to Haven. I have very much enjoyed Francine River’s other novels so decided to try her latest release.
The story of two adults from difficult childhoods was certainly compelling. I felt my heart breaking for both Roman and Grace. It’s a beautiful story of character and spiritual development.
I didn’t warm up to Aunt Elizabeth despite knowing why she behaved the way she did. I am thankful for people such as Chet, Brian and ...more
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 Chris ...more
I wish I could give this book a higher rating than 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.
She needed a job and he needed an assistant.
Rowan is an artist and also a thief.
Grace is a single mother trying to get through each day.
Graves Christian lifestyle slowly rubs off on Rowan and he starts to question things in his past and what hes doing now and why hes doing these things.
They are both a little lost and maybe together they will find their way.
I could write a novel just reviewing Rivers masterpiece each novel has so much detail and instantly makes me fall in love with the c ...more
The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers
Genre: Christian Fiction
Timeframe: Present day
Location: Los Angeles
Roman Velasco : Graffiti artist
Grace Moore: Single mom
Two voices: Grace and Roman.
Grace is a single, 20-something, Christian mom whose husband cheated on her, ending their marriage. She is now trying to earn a living and find a daytime sitter while she works for Roman as his assistant in his Topanga Canyon home near Malibu. Roman is an artist by day and a tagger by nig ...more