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Read & Download Hosea's Bride 100 ½ ➝ [Epub] ❦ Hosea's Bride By Dorothy Clark ➧ – Though her sins were like scarlet Forced into prostitution by her stepfather Angela Warren found salvation one terrifying night in Crossroads Church The words of a handsome visiting preacher and the s Though her sins were liThough her sins were like scarlet Forced into prostitution by her stepfather Angela Warren found salvation one terrifying night in Crossroads Church The words of a handsome visiting preacher and the strength she found in th. Reviewed for THC Reviews35 stars I’ve had Hosea’s Bride on my TBR list for uite some time It came to my attention because it has a similar theme as Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love which I read many years ago and recall thoroughly enjoying For that reason I had high hopes for this book and was looking forward to giving it a try but it ended up being something of a let down It’s a sweet story but I felt like it was lacking in substance and the characterizations were rather weak The first romances I ever read way back in my teens were inspirationals Over the years I moved away from them as I discovered exciting romantic books but I still like to occasionally revisit the genre However I have a hit and miss relationship with it There are some books that I’ve really enjoyed and consider to be keepers while others just don’t uite make the cut One of the biggest issues I’ve had with inspirationals is the way in which the faith message is presented I’ve read ones that were far irritatingly preachy than this one but I have a feeling the only reason it wasn’t is because both characters are already Christians It does however contain a number of pithy platitudes that just don’t work well for me as well as leaving the reader with the impression that if you simply pray hard enough everything will work out perfectly My life’s experience is far different than this so that type of message simply doesn’t resonate with me If you’re the type of reader who believes that God orchestrates every tiny little thing in our lives and will magically give us all the answers if we pray fervently for them then you’ll probably find this book to be the cat’s meow But for me it fell a little shortAngela was forced into prostitution by her mother and step father at a very young age to pay for their drug habit and was later sold to a pimp As she was trying to escape her pimp and was looking for a place to hide she opened a door and accidentally ended up in a church It was there on that very night that she found God and completely turned her life around because of the words of a handsome young visiting preacher After that she moved from the city to a smaller town where she’s reinvented herself She now has a successful career as a researcher and is very active in her church She thought she’d left her old life far behind but then one day a new minister comes to take over the church and he’s none other than the same one who was there that night when she got saved Now Angela fears he may recognize her Although she longs for a husband and family of her own she doesn’t believe she’s worthy of those things because of her past Not to mention she harbors some distrust of men in general because of how she was used and abused by them So when she starts having feelings for Hosea she decides to run away thinking that her past will only taint him if she allows herself to get closerAngela is a kind compassionate young woman who is always looking out for others whether it’s a teenage girl in need the elderly in a local nursing home her best friend or the church and she’s happy to lend a helping hand wherever it’s needed Overall Angela is a pretty good heroine but where I took issue with her characterization is that the author chooses to hold back all the information about her life as a prostitute that would have made me empathize with her and relate to her not revealing any of this until the final pages of the book In some ways I could understand her feelings of unworthiness but because I never got a good sense of how the past was affecting her in the present I felt like her sense of shame over it was belabored especially since she’d been forced to do it and had no real control over any of it Most of the story is merely spent with her either being terrified that Hosea is going to figure out who she is or her repeatedly thinking how she can’t be with him when her feelings for him begin to surface She never even considers the idea of simply telling him the truth and letting him decide for himself whether he wants to be with her Then after her running away and praying and soul searching for a month yet not really finding the answers she was looking for all her fears and doubts magically disappear with just one conversation and a brief prayer which was a little too much to be believableHosea gave up a million dollar career in baseball to become a minister He’s a very sweet kind hero who is pretty gentle with his entire flock including Angela Even though she looks different after all these years he knows from the moment he sees her that she’s the former prostitute he prayed with on that night long ago As he begins to have feelings for her he isn’t certain at first if he should pursue those feelings but after praying it doesn’t take long to get an affirmative answer But every time he tries to draw a little closer to Angela she seems uncomfortable Then after her best friend’s wedding she skips town and no one seems to know where she is I love a good beta hero and for that reason I liked Hosea But I also like heroes in pursuit who are proactive about expressing their feelings Sometimes I felt like he was being a bit too passive merely praying for Angela without backing it up with actions At the very end after she’s been gone for a month he finally – and rather inexplicably – gets the idea to search through church records to see if he can find a clue as to where she might have gone Then in another one of those magical occurrences he simply knows when he hears the name of a mountain retreat that that’s where she is and finally goes after her Overall Hosea was a pretty good hero but there was one little thing he did at the very end that tweaked me a little When he finds Angela and declares his feelings and his desire to marry her she of course objects on the grounds that a minister can’t marry an ex prostitute His response is to prepare to leave while telling her he has no problem marrying an ex prostitute but he can’t marry someone who doesn’t believe in God’s redemptive power I reluctantly admit that it served to give her a wake up call but I thought the harshness of it was a little out of character for him and that he could have been tactful in his deliveryIn addition to the issues I had with the characterizations I also had some trouble with the way in which the romance develops I know that inspirationals have a reputation for being sueaky clean but I felt like this one took it to a whole new level I had a hard time feeling any building emotion between Hosea and Angela because I felt like it was being told to me than shown They end up at the point where they’re in love with one another and Hosea is sure he wants to marry Angela yet they’ve spent very little time alone together never been on a proper date and haven’t even kissed In fact they don’t kiss at all until the final page of the main story minus the epilogue and then that kiss somehow magically wipes away all of Angela’s fears with regards to men which again was a little hard to believeOverall I guess the bottom line is that true fans of inspirationals who enjoy this type of storytelling will probably eat it up I on the other hand was pretty skeptical of the fantastical nature of some of the elements of the story It all just left me with a rather unsatisfied feeling in the end On the up side the writing itself was pretty good The author uses some good descriptions and is very good at blocking her scenes The only small issue I had is that much of the dialogue seemed a bit formal for a contemporary story There’s lots of uses of formal titles like Mr Mrs Miss Pastor etc If this was written in the 1970s of something this might make sense but it was written in 2004 and over the past few decades forms of address have become informal in most settings More contractions in her dialogue would have helped too as well as cutting down on the use of peoples’ names in dialogue Otherwise Hosea’s Bride is a very readable book and I found some enjoyment in parts of it However it simply didn’t satisfy the part of me that wanted a deeper exploration of a young woman who’d been though something very traumatic and was trying to put her life back together to find genuine happiness

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E Lord led her to a new life in Harmony ColoradoCould she wear a white veilBut Angela's hard won happiness was threatened when her church appointed a new pastor Hosea Stevens the very preacher who'd saved her years ago Ange. I can't decide if I like this book or not I liked parts of it but really didn't like other parts of it I wish that Hosea had just told Angela that he remembered who she was It seems like Angela went through a lot of pain and suffering that could have been easily avoided if Hosea had just told her he remembered her I didn't really see how God was saying that Hosea shouldn't tell her I also feel like the way Angela just walked away from her friend's wedding reception without was ridiculous The bride would have noticed especially considering how close they were The story just didn't gel well with me but I appreciate the original storyline premise of this book

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Hosea's BrideLa tried to avoid him lest he recognize her but Hosea persisted in knowing her better Panicked by his romantic interest and her own feelings Angela fled but Hosea pursued her Could he bring her back to his church as his bri. This was fantastic spiritually and made me see of how God can work The only complaint that I have is that it dragged a bit It got a bit repetitive with the heroine's problem and I got tired of reading her inner dialog with herself after a bit Still it was uplifting to me as I am struggling to change my life for God so it was nice to see that a pastor can struggle too