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Redeeming Love


Setting: California, 1850s during the Gold Rush


"Redeeming Love" is a powerful, allegorical novel that retells the biblical story of Hosea and Gomer, set against the backdrop of the California Gold Rush in the 1850s. It follows the life of Angel, a young woman who was sold into prostitution as a child and has known nothing but betrayal and hardship. Michael Hosea is a godly man who feels called by God to marry Angel and love her unconditionally, despite her resistance and the life she's known.


  • Unconditional Love: The novel deeply explores the concept of unconditional love through Michael's persistent love for Angel, mirroring the love God has for His people.
  • Redemption: Angel's journey from a life of despair to one of redemption and faith highlights the novel's central theme of spiritual redemption and the belief that anyone can be redeemed through love and faith.
  • Forgiveness: The story emphasizes the importance of forgiveness, both from others and oneself, as a step toward healing and redemption.


  • Angel: The protagonist, whose life of suffering and prostitution changes after meeting Michael Hosea.
  • Michael Hosea: A farmer who obeys God's call to marry Angel and love her unconditionally.
  • Paul: Michael's brother, who struggles with his own prejudices and judgments towards Angel.


"Redeeming Love" serves as a testament to the power of steadfast love and faith. Rivers uses the historical setting and ​【oaicite:0】