Francine Rivers is a superb writer. The language she uses is lyrical and paints vivid pictures. Her characters are beautifully developed and well-rounded having both flaws and strengths. The story flows well and provides relationships and actions that lead to changes in the characters.There is character growth in a number of the characters, both major and minor. There are a number of explicit scenes that lead me to only recommend it to mature readers, but I highly recommend it. There is an overwhelming theme of God's love and grace. This is a one I will read again and again! If you haven't read it, I strongly encourage you to get yourself a copy and immerse yourself! You will fall in love with your Savior all over again!