Well I finished it last weekend! I couldn’t put it down… I stayed up until 3 am reading!! I’ve had a love hate relationship with this book. At times I wanted to call my friend Susan and ring her neck for recommending it! Other times, I caught myself grinning from ear to ear. It was the most heart wrenching love tale I’ve read in a long time.
It was written by a Christian Author, Francine Rivers. It is inspired by the book of Hosea from the Bible. It takes place in the 1850’s in California. It’s about a young girl, Sarah, who was rejected by her father and (after the death of her mother) sold to prostitution at the age of 8 (again I wanted to KILL Susan! I was cursing her name!). Sarah, Known as Angel, had a terrible childhood; she grew into a bitter young woman dealing with the constant fear of hurt and betrayal.
Michael Hosea, a farmer (a Godly man, maybe even a prophet), fell in love with Angel the minute he laid eyes on her. Following God’s orders, he marries Angel and promises to love her till the day he dies. (At the time of their wedding she is badly hurt and had no choice but to marry him).
The bulk of the book is about his dedication to her and determination to break through her walls. He treats her like no man ever has. With the help of the Altman family, he tries to show her that there is good in the world…and that’s all I’m going to tell you!
For those of you who haven’t read this, stop what you are doing and get this book. It is awesome. And that’s all I’m going to say…okay not really, get the book!
I can’t get this book out of my mind! I want to find a Man like Michael Hosea, someone who loves with all his heart, who isn’t afraid to be tender and vulnerable, who trusts in God and lives his life to please him.
So I did what any normal girl would do who is obsessed with a book and can’t watch the movie (because there isn’t one. Can someone please do something about that?)…With the help of my friend Susan, I cast the book! If anyone wants to make a movie please feel free to use this as a reference!
Michael Hosea: Gerard Butler
Angel: Rachel McAdams
Mae, Angel’s mother: Nicole Kidman
Alex Stafford, Angel’s father: Rufus Sewell
Duke(Villan): Robert Downey Jr.
Paul (Michael’s friend who is such a jerk!): James McAvoy
Miriam Altman (Angel’s best friend): Emmy Rossum
Elizabeth Altman (Miriam’s mother and Angels “mother figure”): Emily Watson
Ruth Altman (Miriam’s sister who adores Angel): Maggie Elizabeth Jones
What do you think? Do you agree? Do you have other people in mind? Please let me know! I’m not convinced my casting choices are the best…