Heyyo!! I’m quite convinced that with changing my hosting service provider last year, I lost most of my book review readers. Most.

Notwithstanding, I’m still reviewing books if you like it or not. ?

Title: The Masterpiece
Author: Francine Rivers
Number of Pages: 496
Publisher: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2018

I’ll have you know I only support the first paragraph of the blurb (and I debated uploading it or not). Its continuing paragraphs causes the book to lose its fancy to me; it creates some cliche and exhausting summary whereas I like the book for it’s Biblical message. Don’t be discouraged by the blurb, it’s a good read. And my review is right beyond it.

Book blurb

New York Times bestselling 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.


I love the plot employed in Masterpiece. It begins on a high pace street chase but goes deeper to unravel the lives of two adults.
These are far reaching walls built with each betrayal experience.

Roman Velasco and Grace Moore are off to a rocky but civil start as they nurse old wounds and protect themselves from new ones in the course of working together.

Grace finds support system in her friends to keep her accountable. Roman cuts off everyone and maintains an identity crisis till he comes to the borders of death.

Will their shortcomings be the passageway for being redefined as masterpieces?

I like the writing techniques. I suggest the romantically tense scenes were well written, as Francine is wont to doing. When the (symbolic) bird’s wings are cut off, I felt it personally. I liked how the writing danced around Roman’s art.

I’m not certain I have a favourite character, but perhaps Roman cuts it for me.

I’m made to appreciate the ordering of steps of the believer with Grace’s housing provision.

I slightly disliked the hurried yet dragged hospital experience. Seemed deficient.

In this book, the themes of toxic relationships and healthy relationships stand out to me.

I think the overarching message is well phrased by this (totally unrelated to the book,) quote I found from Sarah Jake Roberts:

The bridge from who you once were to who God has ordained you to be is created from bricks of vulnerability, humility as strong as a mortar, and master plan so perfect even the things that once hurt you would serve you in making you better”.

Overall, the story telling is gripping. I rate it 3.5 out of five stars. It would’ve been four stars but I really have no quotes to take away.

Oh wait, there’s a quote:

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago

Ephesians 2:10

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Or are you up for reading it?

Love and Light,



  1. Buks June 27, 2020 at 10:19 AM

    This is a review excellently done! Keep it up. Now I would like to read the book ?

    1. Deborah Adebayo - Site Author June 27, 2020 at 10:34 AM

      Aww. Thank you very much.

  2. Auntie Deola June 27, 2020 at 6:47 PM

    Oh my oh my! I totally enjoyed reading this book. Whats stood out for me is the fact that Francine Rivers excellently conveyed the message of God’s deliberateness in creating me (man/woman).

    Like ma’am how could you have used 496 pages to explain just one bible verse to my ‘story loving mind’. Explosive for me really!
    So much effort.

    5* rating for me. Bias + No Bias.
    I am thinking of rereading it.

    Thumbs up Debbie, great review.
    I always anticipate Saturdays yunno!
    I never know what’s coming, but it always lands well.


    1. Deborah Adebayo - Site Author June 28, 2020 at 3:37 PM

      I was smiling all along as I read your comment but on the last paragraph, I had to ‘Awwwwn’. Thank you for always anticipating my posts.

      And lol, bias + no bias 5* rating. Good one. You can’t re-read it too much I guess.
      God bless Francine Rivers always.

  3. favourfasanya June 28, 2020 at 6:06 PM

    I think I want to do my own review.

    You must take note of details while reading. That’s an admirable one, Debbie.

    Thank you for this too!

    1. Deborah Adebayo - Site Author June 28, 2020 at 7:11 PM

      ?? Please review!

      Thank you Fave. I tend to have an eye for details. In fact, I’m not satisfied my literature critiquing skills and I want to sharpen it when I can.

  4. Abbas Stephen June 28, 2020 at 8:29 PM

    Cool review, you’re doing well Debby.

    1. Deborah Adebayo - Site Author June 29, 2020 at 9:07 PM

      Thank you, Stephen ✨

  5. conta aberta na binance March 8, 2024 at 8:07 PM

    I don’t think the title of your article matches the content lol. Just kidding, mainly because I had some doubts after reading the article.


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