Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers is a historical romance novel set in the Gold Rush in California. The story is inspired by the book of Hosea from the Bible. Its central theme is to portray the redeeming love of God towards sinners.
I have diligently studied my Bible dramatizing the events in my mind but Francine Rivers opened a window of understanding and empathy for the people of that time I had never felt before. Thank you, Ben, for introducing me to these books.