Review by Jill Williamson
Michael Hosea is a simple farmer. But when he sees a prostitute in the city one day and hears God’s voice telling him to marry her, Michael knows he has to obey. But Angel has lived a hard life. Sold into prostitution as a little girl, she has no trust for any man, especially one who says God told him to marry her. But each time she sees Michael, he wears her down, chipping away at the hard shell she has put around her heart. But Angel doesn’t think she deserves anything good. Her guilt and shame are overwhelming. And she runs away.
Wowzers. This is such an amazing book! I knew that the story was inspired by the book of Hosea, so I knew a little about how things would play out. And I suspected a happy ending eventually. But it was still so wonderful and agonizing and entertaining to read it. My heart was broken for Angel, then broken for Michael when he starts to love Angel, then broken for them both when Angel runs away time and again!
I thought I knew how it was going to end. I thought I had it all figured out, but I didn’t see the final plot twist coming. I admit that I was a bit disappointed that my predicted plot twist didn’t happen, but that’s okay. The book was still wonderful. This is a book every girl should read. It’s a hair dark in the beginning and later with some of Angel’s memories of what happened to her as a child and later a prostitute, but none of those memories are shown on the pages. The book is clean, despite the heroine being a prostitute. Such a good book. Very highly recommended.
Age Range: 16 and up
Genre: historical romance
Part of a Series: No
Released: 1997—rerelease, 2010
Jill Williamson is the author of the medieval fantasy novel By Darkness Hid. An avid reader, she started Novel Teen Book Reviews to help teens find clean and entertaining books to read and is excited with the new direction the site has taken. Jill also runs an online website for teen writers at www.teenageauthor.com where she enjoys helping new writers develop their skill. She and her husband have worked with teens in the youth pastor role for the past eleven years. You can learn more about Jill on her website at www.jillwilliamson.com.