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The Masterpiece

Written by: Francine Rivers
Narrated by: Susan Bennett
Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)

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New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece.

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want - money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has.

The demons of Roman's past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn't know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist - an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. After a disastrous marriage threw her life completely off course, she vowed never to let love steal her dreams again. But as she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it's as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together...until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship - and both their lives - forever.

©2018 Francine Rivers (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Should mention faith in the synopsis.

This book has a strong Christian message, which I was not prepared for. If I had known that before getting 6 hours in, I would not have bought this title. However, the character development was well done.

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An interesting, inspiring story

This book is inspiring, but is story/character driven, not message driven (there is a strong Christian message, but it is integral to the characters’ growth, not simply thrown in to fit the genre). The characters are complex and, while there is a (very good) romance, the story’s more about how they come to terms with their pasts than about how they fall in love. If you liked Rivers’ “The Atonement Child”, you will likely like “The Masterpiece”. If you don’t care for novels with a Christian theme, you will probably want to pass on this book.

The narrator spoke clearly, but I found her intonation a bit flat and I like more differentiation between the characters’ voices. That being said, I still listened to the book twice within two weeks, and I usually listen to books with a lot more action/adventure.

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  • 2020-04-09

I loved it I wish this was in a movie. <br />

The lady reading the story excellent!!!! This is worth it!!!
I just wish this was in a movie.

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Christian romance

I didn’t realize this was a Christian novel. Not my usual genre, but listened to the end.

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Wonderful!

In true Francine Rivers style this story was Wonderful. She goes deep to the heart of real faith with stories that never fail to hold your attention from beginning to end. They also give you things to think about. Perfect! That is why she remains my favorite!

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her ancient times pieces resonate truth

Honestly, I was disappointed, wasted of $ purchasing, does not hold a light to voices in the wind.

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Awesome Entertainment.

Great storyline. Beautiful values. Interesting characters. Riveting plot. Accurately biblical theology.
Thank you for using your talent for Jesus.

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Amazing Book Full of God's Grace

This was an amazing book full of God's grace. The characters were compelling and I couldn't stop listening. Highly highly recommend.

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loved it

I love francine rivers and she did it again. the emotional roller coaster is awesome. a must read

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Beautiful Love Story of God & His broken children

Beautifully written as are all this authors books. The narrator was excellent and easy to listen to

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  • Kate
  • 2020-01-03

This is a Christian romance novel.

This sort of book should be identified in the description as what it is. There are probably separate categories for religious themed books but in the description there is no clue. This is not something I would ever have ordered if I knew in advance what it was. It is also described elsewhere as a romance novel but one has to look it up another way to discover this. Generally I prefer literature-not Romance novels. i will be returning it. Please put these details in the books description. Thanks

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  • kitty
  • 2020-01-08

The description does not represent the book.

This book is a Christian Love Story, or at least the first 4 chapters are.I couldn’t get through the preaching to get past chapter 4.

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  • Lane
  • 2020-01-24

Amazing Grace.....

I didn’t expect to love this book. Made me question my beliefs as an atheist.......???

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  • Lauren A Geruso
  • 2020-01-01

Didn’t know what I got myself into

The first half of the book was truly gripping and so so well written. But then it turns into an overwhelmingly religious book, I have no problem with religion or religious books this was just wayyyy too much for me personally. I had to finish, but honestly couldn’t wait for it to end.

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  • GREGORY
  • 2020-01-02

Jesus Propaganda

Have you ever watched on of those low budget Christian propaganda movies? This audiobook is basically that in a form of a bad romance novel.

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  • GA Peach
  • 2019-12-11

Entertaining

I listened at the recommendation of my sister. I don’t normally gravitate toward romance stories, but she said it was amazing so I bit. The characters are well developed and even though the plot was predictable, I admit I couldn’t put it down. It was a fun listen. I appreciated the fact that it was a fun, clean romance.

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  • 2020-01-07

CHRISTIAN ROMANCE

Would have been nice to know that in advance. This is the sort of thing that should be advertised in the description. Though I suspect it was done on purpose...sneaky, but doubt you're converting anyone --just wasting their time and money.

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  • Andi Thomas
  • 2018-08-02

Wanted to love it but....

Redeeming love is one of my all time favorites so I was so excited to find this book. I’m not sure if it’s he narrator or the writing but the relationship between Grace and Roman is extremely boring, their conversations are so slow and drawn out nothing to make you understand the attraction between the two. It’s confusing how the author time hops in no particular order. The voice the narrator gave Roman was difficult to follow, sometimes he sounded Hispanic sometimes black sometimes you just couldn’t tell.
It was a nice Christian story of coming to Jesus, but no where near as good as Redeeming love.

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  • NickMaine
  • 2020-05-02

Too much religion

If I had known this was a "christian" novel, I never would have downloaded it. Definitely not my cup of tea

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  • Linetra Agee
  • 2018-02-07

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I LOVE IT! Next to The Mark of the Lion Series this has to be my favorite Francine Rivers book to date. Absolutely amazing! The way in which Francine Rivers thoroughly develops her characters and how they interact with the world around them is so dynamic. As college student majoring in Studio Art drawing and painting, l I felt such strong identification with the two main Characters! Highly recommend this book.

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