By Francine Rivers, Redeeming Love is a historical romance storey set in California’s Gold Rush era in the 1850’s. The major topic of the narrative is God’s redemptive love for sinners, which is drawn from Hosea in the Bible. An adaptation for the big screen with D.J. Caruso at the helm has been set for 2020. More than three million copies have been sold worldwide since the novel’s 1991 release, and it has been translated into thirty different languages.
Reedeming Love Synopsis Of The Plot
In 1835, the narrative begins in New England. For the first time, Sarah Stafford meets her father, Alex Stafford. Stafford had an extramarital affair with Sarah’s mother, Mae, and she finds out at the age of six that she is the result of that relationship. Aborting the kid was a suggestion Mae was pressured to make, but she rejected. Mae was sad as a result of Alex’s choice to leave her. Sarah wonders whether she is to blame for Alex’s death, but she hopes Alex never returns.
A few months later, Mae’s housemaid Cleo reluctantly joins Sarah on a trip to the beach for a secret rendezvous with Alex. Sarah joins Cleo at a well-known brothel where Cleo is well-known and accompanied by a male partner. She accepts to sleep with him after a few drinks with Sarah waiting in the hallway. While in a half-drugged haze, Cleo tells Sarah that men never care for a woman because they only want to have sex with them, and she compels a terrified Sarah to listen to it.
After that, Mae and Sarah go to a dockside hut where Mae turns to prostitution as a means of subsistence. Sarah has to deal with the scepticism of her peers as a result of her illustrious past. This encounter teaches Sarah how to hide her feelings and instead put on a tough façade.
Mae dies of a severe illness a few years later, leaving Sarah alone at the age of eight with a booze-addled alcoholic called Rab. Rab is looking for a home for the kid since he is unsure of what to do with the youngster. He meets a guy who is hunting for a small girl for a rich master and offers to help him in his search. Rab decides that this is the perfect opportunity to show Sarah around the affluent section of town. A lady at the door begs Rab to take Sarah away and never return. No matter how many times Rab tries to convince him otherwise, Sarah is the right match for this wealthy guy. She lets them in and tells them to wait in her master’s bedroom upstairs until he arrives.
Within minutes after Duke welcoming Sarah and Rab, Rab is brutally murdered right in front of Sarah’s own eyes and discarded in an alley nearby. Rather than a new daughter, Duke, a serial paedophile, had been searching the community for a new victim. As Sarah (now known as Angel) sits across from Duke, the two talk about the numerous things they each wish to teach one other. That that night, he gives her her first “lesson.”
Angel ultimately leaves Duke after roughly ten years and sets sail for California on a ship. She disembarks in San Francisco with nothing except the clothing she is wearing after being robbed and forced to choose between being raped or prostituting herself. As the proprietor of The Palace, a high-end brothel in Pair-a-Dice, ‘The Duchess’ takes Angel in and makes her an elite prostitute. Angel, a Duchess employee, is continuously watched upon and her low wages are withheld from her. It’s Lucky, a fellow prostitute who’s often intoxicated, that provides her sole consolation. Angel’s mother, Lucky, brings up memories of her.
On a trip to Pair-A-Dice to sell fruit, Michael Hosea first encounters Angel. As soon as he gets the message from God, Michael decides that he can’t leave. Michael is shocked to learn that Angel is a prostitute, to his dismay. With his heart set on marrying angel, he pays a great price for her services in the hopes of swaying her to follow him. She refuses to accept his proposal. Michael feels discouraged, yet he continues to comply despite his doubts. On the third night, he decides to end the conversation with Angel by paying her price for a further three nights. Trying to avoid the hurt her words have caused, Angel maintains a snarky and chilly demeanour. Meanwhile, she can’t help but think about Michael and her burgeoning optimism about life outside the Palace.
Michael quits Pair-A-Dice after the final night with Angel because he is fed up with the situation. He returns to Pair-A-Dice a few days later because he can no longer disregard God’s instruction. Magowan, the Duchess’s bodyguard, brutally beat Angel to death. Michael is ready to do whatever it takes to save Angel’s life, so he proposes to her and asks for her hand in marriage so he may take her to his cabin. Angel, who is barely aware, nods and murmurs, “Why not?”
At Michael’s cabin, Angel is nursed back to health. Angel tolerates the arrangement only to the extent that it meets her requirements. His new wife and God are the only things that keep him going, so he has no choice but to put up with Angel. In the Sierra Nevada, Paul, Michael’s widowed brother-in-law, comes home after unsuccessful gold panning. As soon as Paul sees Angel, he knows her as a high-class prostitute from the Palace. Paul is cruel to Angel because he thinks she tricked Michael. The one time Paul attempts to bring up Angel’s occupation to Michael, it only serves to enrage the man. Paul believes that Michael married Angel out of blind desire and without realising that she was a prostitute at the time of their union. The divide between Paul and Michael is really caused by Michael’s love for Angel, who doesn’t care about her background and is the one driving the tension between them.
Angel wants to escape away from Michael once she recovers from her wounds in order to return to the brothel and retrieve back her money that the Duchess had hidden from her and swore it was being spent on the clothes and food that she obtained from the brothel. Angel perceives Paul’s departure from Pair-A-Dice to sell the harvest of his property as a means of escaping. During the time Michael is working in the field, she follows Paul’s waggon. The only cash she has is herself, and he will accept it in exchange for taking her with him. After they’ve had sex, he’s even more appalled by her behaviour and hopes that’s the last he sees of her.
The Palace has burnt to the ground, killing her best friend Lucky and another prostitute by the name of Mai Ling when she returns to Pair-A-Dice. She has no choice but to return to her former profession as a prostitute, since she has nowhere else to turn. Even though she despises being branded a harlot, she is at a loss since she has any other talents to support herself. An angry Michael discovers her with another customer and has to battle their way out of the pub, which is overflowing with inebriated males.
They go back to the cabin, where Michael seeks solace in prayer as he deals with the pain of his betrayal. Even though “God’s truth” warned her that men who loved her would take advantage of her or forsake her like her father, Angel starts to develop romantic emotions for Michael. She doesn’t understand this since she’s never allowed herself to love anybody. Michael’s affection for her is unwavering, no matter how frigid she becomes. He tells her, “That is what I want to present to you,” after showing her a dawn. Every day, Angel notices that she’s growing more and more sentimental, but she refuses to tell Michael about it because she’s too afraid. At her “uncleanness,” she feels a tremendous humiliation. Michael’s love has softened her, but she is unable to view herself as deserving of it. Despite the fact that they’ve been together often, Angel has no idea what it feels like to have a sexual experience comparable to Michael’s (“And she soared, Michael with her, into the sky…”).
She’s on the run again, this time to Sacramento, where an elderly cannabis vendor offers her a lift. Joseph Hochschild has constructed a new business and she stays with him since he is Michael’s buddy. They meet again in Sacramento while hunting for job. As part of the family business, she works with his wife and mother. To make things worse, Joseph keeps her occupied when an order comes in for Michael and she is forced to wait even longer. When she finishes her work and prepares to shut the business, she finds Michael waiting for her at the doorway. She confesses that she’s afraid of being in a relationship with him, but he assures her and takes her back to her own place.
When they return to the valley, they see the Altman family, who are trapped on the side of the road due to a broken wheel. They are invited to stay at Michael’s cabin, where he helps restore their waggon. An angel discloses to Mrs. Altman and Miriam that she first met Michael at a brothel and is surprised that they show compassion for her rather than scorn. They get close, and Miriam, the eldest daughter, starts to fall for Paul, who lives on the opposite side of the valley from the family. After seeing Miriam chatting to Michael, Angel thinks the two of them have affections for one another and declares that they would make a better relationship than she and Michael ever could have! Despite his desire to see Michael and Miriam get married, Paul is developing love for Miriam, who is 16 years old. Because he wants to see Michael with Miriam instead of Angel, he conceals his emotions.
That she had two pregnancies during her time as an heiress to Duke is revealed in a flashback. The second pregnancy was aborted, and procedures were taken to guarantee that she would never become pregnant again. Angel discloses this to Michael, who is saddened, later. It is revealed that she had intercourse with her father, who came to her brothel in a quest for retribution since he had abandoned her mother. – She is overwhelmed by remorse for how coldly she treated him. For the second time, Angel leaves her wedding ring behind in the hopes that Michael would marry Miriam and have a family of his own, as she knows he longs for and feels bad about not doing so. In spite of his feelings of betrayal, Michael promises not to pursue Angel again if she rejects his advances.
Angel visits San Francisco this time. As soon as she gets there, she obtains a job working for a kind guy named Virgil. In his café, he hires her as a chef, and he provides for her needs. However, the café and all of Angel’s funds and belongings are destroyed in a fire after months of hard work. Angel is heartbroken when she hears Duke’s voice welcoming her while the fire rages in the street. Angel decides to go back with Duke out of concern for Virgil, who seems to be wary of Duke.
Once again under Duke’s control, Angel is expected to continue her prostitution career. Duke, on the other hand, has a taste for young females and wants Angel to supervise his potential “companions,” but only after a week of prostitution has taken place. Angel agrees. A swarm of guys is expected to see Angel. She gets into a mental fight with herself and prays to God from inside. She’s ready to take the stage and perform for the guys. Suddenly, the voice of God orders her to sing and she begins to sing “Rock of Ages” before the amazed and awestruck audience. A gray-haired guy joins her on stage and sings along with her. He sings the song to completion when she has forgotten the lyrics.
Duke chastises Angel after the presentation. The singing stranger in the throng, on the other hand, greets him. In the event that Duke touches Angel at all, he’ll have him hung. And as they go out, the guy helps to rescue two more young girls that Duke was using as pawns. When the brothel’s patrons witness Angel with the two young girls, they grow enraged and demolish the establishment. There, the man’s wife and daughter take care of the children. Jonathan Axle, the banker who rescued her, is a well-known and well-respected member of the Christian community with a large fortune. As Angel begins to go to church with the Axle family, she develops a strong connection to them.
While Angel is abroad, Miriam confesses her love for Paul and they are married. Despite Angel’s absence, Michael continues to hope for her return. Miriam begs Paul to go and locate Angel, but he refuses because he still has scorn for the woman he thinks she is.
Angel finally accepts Christ as her Lord and Savior. She starts working with prostitutes by assisting them to change their behaviors and acquire new skills that might help them earn a life in the long term.. Jonathan Axle’s daughter, Susanna, helps her operate the boarding home, which is owned by her father.
Miriam ultimately wins Paul over, and he departs for San Francisco in search of Angel. It seems to him that she is still a prostitute when he sees her with an elderly guy, Jonathan Axle. His fury at having to go so far and inform Miriam that Angel is a prostitute drives him to come up with reasons to avoid hurting her feelings. However, on the following day, he chooses to face Angel at the home. When he first meets her, he is apprehensive and dismissive, but is surprised by her sincerity and the depth of her affection for Michael. To his shock, he learns that she dumped Michael in the hopes that he would marry Miriam and start a family for them both. As soon as she learns that Paul has a wife, Miriam, and that Michael hasn’t given up hope of seeing her after three years, her whole world crumbles.
Her choice to leave Susanna in charge of the home and return to Michael has finally come to an end. She appears out of nowhere and weeps at his feet while he is working in the field. She is heartbroken to realise how much Michael has suffered as a result of her death. “Sarah” is her true name, she admits. As he accepts her with tears in his eyes, Michael expresses his belief that the name she has been given is a sign from God that they would one day be able to have a family of their own (the Sarah in the Bible was a barren woman who, by the grace of God, was eventually able to have a son). A new chapter in their lives has finally arrived.
In the epilogue, it is said that Michael and Sarah had four children after their marriage.
Reedeming Love Writing And Publishing
Prior to 1986, Francine Rivers had written a number of historical romances before being converted to Christianity by an eight-year-old kid who lived in the home next door and asked her to church.
Three years went by without Rivers writing anything after her conversion, but when she happened upon Hosea, she was moved to write the account.
Published in 1991 by Bantam books for a general audience, the book went on to become a bestseller. However, Rivers was able to acquire the rights to her work some years later, which allowed her to make the modifications, such as a baptism scene and Angel’s Christian conversion. Multnomah Publishers reissued the book in 1997.
Reedeming Love Reception
Redeeming Love received the ECPA Gold Book Award in 2005 and the ECPA Platinum Book Award in 2009 from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, which honours works that have sold a million copies or more.
A Retailers Choice Award was granted in 2009 to the Spanish-language version of Redeeming Love, Amor Redentor, for its influence on both employees and consumers as one of 2009’s “best new Christian goods,” according to the awards program.