Biography

Francine Rivers

New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, a mother of three, and an established romance novelist.

Shortly after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine wrote REDEEMING LOVE as her statement of faith. First published by Bantam Books and then rereleased by Multnomah Publishers in the mid-1990s, this retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea, set during the time of the California Gold Rush, is now considered by many to be a classic work of Christian fiction. REDEEMING LOVE continues to be one of the CBA's top-selling titles, and it has held a spot on the Christian bestseller list for nearly a decade.

Since REDEEMING LOVE, Francine has published numerous novels with Christian themes --- all bestsellers --- and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for numerous honors, including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, and the Holt Medallion in Honor of Outstanding Literary Talent. In 1997, after winning her third RITA Award for inspirational fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame. Francine's novels have been translated into over 20 different languages, and she enjoys best-seller status in many foreign countries, including Germany, the Netherlands and South Africa.

Francine and her husband, Rick, live in northern California and enjoy time spent with their three grown children and taking every opportunity to spoil their grandchildren. Francine uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and she desires that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life.

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Books by Francine Rivers

by Francine Rivers - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction

To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she’s paid to finally feel like she’s somebody. Hollywood feels like a million miles from Haven, and naive Abra quickly learns what’s expected of an ambitious girl with stars in her eyes. But fame comes at an awful price. She has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted. 

by Francine Rivers - Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction

Leota’s garden was once a place of beauty, where flowers bloomed and hope thrived. It was her refuge from the deep wounds inflicted by a devastating war, her sanctuary where she prayed to a loving God. Now 84 years old, Leota is alone and her beloved garden is in ruins. Then God brings a wind of change through unlikely means. But can the devastation wrought by keeping painful family secrets be repaired before she runs out of time?

by Francine Rivers - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Romance

This classic series has already inspired nearly two million readers, but both loyal fans and new readers will want this 20th anniversary edition of a Christian classic, which includes a foreword from the publisher, a letter from and Q & A with Francine Rivers, color map, an illustrated glossary, and discussion questions suitable for personal and group use.

by Francine Rivers - Christian, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction

In the dramatic conclusion to HER MOTHER'S HOPE, Francine Rivers delivers a rich and deeply moving story about the silent sorrows that can tear a family apart and the grace and forgiveness that can heal even the deepest wounds. Spanning from the 1950s to present day, HER DAUGHTER'S DREAM is the emotional final chapter of an unforgettable family saga about the sacrifices every mother makes for her daughter --- and the very nature of unconditional love.

by Francine Rivers - Christian, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Near the turn of the 20th century, fiery Marta Schneider leaves Switzerland for a better life, determined to fulfill her mother’s hope. Her journey takes her to Canada, where she meets handsome Niclas Waltert. But nothing has prepared her for the sacrifices she must make for marriage and motherhood as she travels to the Canadian wilderness and then to the dusty Central Valley of California to raise her family.

by Francine Rivers - Christian, Contemporary Fiction

Dynamic young preacher Paul Hudson is committed to building his church --- but at what cost? The pride he has in his growing church ultimately threatens his marriage, his relationship with his son and the congregation he has betrayed.

by Francine Rivers - Christian, Fiction

Turning away from the opulence of Rome, Marcus is led by a whispering voice from the past into a journey that could set him free from the darkness of his soul.

by Francine Rivers - Christian, Fiction

Atretes. German warrior. Revered gladiator. He won his freedom through his fierceness, but his life is about to change forever.

by Francine Rivers - Christian, Fiction, Historical Fiction

A powerful retelling of the Bible's story of Gomer and Hosea, REDEEMING LOVE is a life-changing story of unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love set during the California Gold Rush.