by Rivers, Francine

A successful Los Angeles artist hides behind a veneer of fame his secret activities as an anonymous graffiti artist, an alter ego that his new personal assistant fears could destroy his career before they bond over their mutually tragic pasts in ways that transform their relationship and lives.

Grace Moore took the job as personal assistant to the renowned artist Roman Velasco because she knew it was a chance to begin an independent life with her infant son. Determined not to let love blind her again, she sets firm boundaries with her troubled, albeit gorgeous, boss. But something in Grace's quiet and persistent witness of her faith triggers something in Roman. When Roman's life in the shadows as an anonymous graffiti artist reawakens the pain from both of their dark and dangerous pasts, the two realize how connected they may actually be. Best-selling Rivers (Bridge to Haven, 2014) presents a lengthy, emotionally uninhibited tale of childhood trauma and its affects in adulthood. She handles the difficult topics of addiction, emotional abuse, gang activity, and murder-suicide, all connected to children, with unapologetic directness. Her writing is grounded in conservative Christian values and touches on deeper points of theology and the afterlife. Readers will marvel at Rivers' storytelling arc encompassing the reconciliation of gritty past misdeeds with the work in progress of a life of forgiveness. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

A highly sought-after artist by day and clandestine graffiti prankster by night, Roman Velasco has shut his heart—until Grace Moore shows up on his doorstep.Grace has overcome too much in her life: she has survived her parents' violent deaths; she has given up her own studies to support her husband through college only to find him cheating on her in their own house; and she has transcended the shock of an unplanned pregnancy. Through it all, Jesus has stood by her, even appearing as an angel to comfort her when she was a grieving 7-year-old trying to find a way to endure. Recently, she has found a home for herself and her 5-month-old son, Samuel, but living with the Garcias, who had hoped to adopt Samuel, is difficult, especially since Selah consistently pushes Grace away, casting herself as the boy's constant maternal presence. So when Grace accepts a job as the temperamental Roman's personal assistant, complete with a cottage to herself —a cottage where she can start to separate from Selah and her family, where she can build a life for herself and Samuel —it's a dream come true. Roman's rough language and atheism, however, trouble Grace, just as Grace's spirituality and privacy trouble Roman. After all, he's used to easy women and commitment-free interludes. Christian novelist Rivers (Earth Psalms, 2016, etc.) deftly threads Roman's and Grace's lives together as they tiptoe around their emotional scars, eventually shifting into a dance of tentative steps toward a love neither can resist. Fans of Christian romance will delight in this tale of salvation through love. Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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