Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers is a historical romance novel set in the Gold Rush in California. The story is inspired by the book of Hosea from the Bible. Its central theme is to portray the redeeming love of God towards sinners.
Laura Esquivel: Like Water for Chocolate Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit.
I cried buckets during the rain scene near the end of the movie. "The Bridges of Madison County - loved the book. Movie was good too. Except I kept thinking of Sam Elliott when I was reading the book (which I read before seeing the movie).