Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: In one word, beautiful! This book was a beautiful story of two damaged people from difficult backgrounds. Francine Rivers’ writing is superb. Although this story is almost 500 pages, it never dragged or felt like it was too long.
The characters were complex and developed beautifully through the story. I was not a fan of Grace at first, but after learning more about her life, I understood why she had her guard up and acted the way she did. The reader gets a look at Roman’s thoughts and sees his vulnerability and the pain that he’s dealing with.
There are a lot of great lessons to be learned in this book but they’re not presented in a preachy way. It’s definitely the kind of book that makes the reader think and can grow their faith.
My only problem with this book was the trope of “misunderstandings” happened a few times and it’s a trope that I really dislike. Other than that, this book was nearly perfect. I’m not a “romance reader” but I read Francine Pascal’s romantic stories, because they are so much more than romance.
I highly recommend this book!
I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.