I’ve heard about this book for years, and finally read it for our book club. Then I got detained out of state and missed the meeting, but it’s all good.
Anyway. This romance, set in gold-rush-era California, echoes the gnarly biblical story of Hosea and his marriage. The main character, Sarah, was rejected by her father as a young girl. Before she was ten, her mother abandoned her and a naive uncle accidentally sold her into sex slavery.
If you’re thinking romance is not gonna come easy to this girl, you’re right.
When a farmer named Michael sees Sarah walking in the city during a supply trip, God tells him to marry her. He has to pay and go into the brothel to even talk with her.
Romance isn’t gonna come easy to Micheal, either.
Though it takes place in the lawless Old West, this novel eerily reflects our current sex-trafficking crisis. It woke me up to watch out for any judgmental attitude about people caught in situations they didn’t ask for.
Redeeming Love is long and I thought it dragged a bit in a few places. But hang in there! It offers plenty of suspense–which makes it a Great Weekend Read.
Thanks for reading!
PS: You might need a long Weekend.