Eventually my older daughter read it and now its one of her favorite books. :) My younger daughter is in the middle of it and just told me today that she is loving it and how she sees how the author is using the characters to teach about our relationship with the Lord.
It is based on the story of Hosea and Gomer from the Old Testament. Hosea was a godly man who God commanded to marry a prostitute. Gomer, who becomes his wife, continually runs away and goes back to her old life of prostitution.
But God continually tells Hosea to go get her and love her and so he does. Its a beautiful love story and Francine Rivers recaptures it so well in her novel. I love how Hosea represents Christ in this story and we, are his bride. It teaches that when we are saved by His grace no matter how far we fall, He will always come and pick us up and love us. He will never leave His bride or forsake her. Oh how He loves us!
"I will heal there waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them." Hosea 14:4