|Tales of a Harried Housewife|
Title: Redeeming Love
This is probably the best book I've read in a long time. Five-star rating all the way, along with a strong recommentation to read this book.
The setting for the book is 1850's California gold country. A time when men sold their souls for a bag of gold and women sold their bodies for a place to sleep and food to eat.
A very young Sarah heard her biological father tell her mother that the child never should've been born, but Sarah's mother was so in love with this married man, she thought once he saw the child, he would fall in love with her as much as her mother had, and possibly even leave his wife and legitimate children to marry her instead. But the only thing that came out of their clandestined affair was that Sarah was sent away each time her father would visit, until he broke things off with Sarah's mother entirely. Sarah's first glimpse of "love" was nothing but betrayal. Sarah and her mother were then sent away.
Her mother took Sarah to HER father's home, where they were sent away again, her father would stand for no loose woman and a bastard child in his home, even if it was his own daughter and granddaughter. The two wound up living in a little shanty on the docks, and Sarah's mother selling herself to the men to keep that roof over their heads and food in their stomachs. Until one day when Sarah's mom died and Sarah was sold into prostitution as an eight-year old.
Angel, as her "owner" called her, grew into a beautiful woman, but one who was so trapped in prostitution, she could only dream about being free, When she developed enough nerve to go to her madam, the Duchess, and ask for her portion of the gold she'd garnered through being the highest priced and most sought after girl in the house, she was beaten nearly to death. Angel wanted to die, just so she could have some peace.
Along comes Michael Hosea, a farmer by trade, and a man with a deep love for his Father in heaven, who kept returning to Angel to save her from the life she'd been living. She'd heard the words a million times from other men, and thought Michael no different. She expected nothing but betrayal from every man. After Angel's beating, where she nearly did die, Michael took her out of the brothel and married her, according to God's will.
Michael has his work cut out for him, teaching Angel to trust, let alone to love.
This book was so moving, in so many different ways. A lot of the time I kept wanting to slap some sense into Angel.
All I can say is read the book. You won't be sorry.