About the Book
Book: Faces of Courage
Author: Susan K. Beatty
Genre: Christian Woman’s Fiction
Release date: May 11, 2021
Fear strangles even the faithful sometimes.
Despite every attempt to be brave, fear has defined Olivia Stanford’s life: with each new foster home, when her adopted parents died leaving her all alone again, trusting and marrying her husband, Frank, and coping with his football injuries and career loss.
Without faith, fear only grows in the face of adversity.
When Frank becomes abusive, Olivia enters a terror-filled life in her upscale Southern California home. Common sense demands she dig deep for the courage to confront him–to demand change. Fear and confusion push back.
And just as courage finally blooms within her comes the terrifying diagnosis: breast cancer.
Some say courage is found at the intersection of faith and grit. How will Olivia manage to summon either in the midst of this new battle?
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About the Author
“Courage: The intersection of faith and Grit”
Susan K. Beatty is passionate about finding courage through faith and grit, particularly through the trials of breast cancer. Her daughter is a metastatic breast cancer “thriver” and has been an inspiration for her writing. Susan retired from a full-time job in 2017 and is now pursuing a novel-writing career. Her first novel, “Faces of Courage,” is in revision. Susan is the author of “An Introduction to Home Education” (AKA “California Homeschool Manual”), was the assistant director of the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and is the president of her local ACFW-OC Chapter. She is a professional writer/journalist. Susan is proof you can begin a fiction writing career after age seventy.
More from Susan
The words “You have breast cancer” can drop you to your knees. What’s worse is when those words are spoken to your thirty-one-year-old daughter. And worse yet when they are spoken to her more than once. My daughter Melanie has had three bouts with breast cancer, the second time classified her with stage IV metastatic breast cancer of which there is no cure. Over an eleven-year period, Melanie has undergone twelve surgeries, one removing two-thirds of her sternum to be replaced by a donor bone with titanium clamps.
Melanie’s courage during these battles inspired me to write about courage at the intersection of faith and grit. True-to-life stories follow characters through cancer and other issues confronting women today.
In Faces of Courage, I wanted to tell a story like Melanie’s but not exactly Melanie’s, a story nevertheless filled with growing courage. Melanie’s journey doesn’t include an abusive husband (Praise God!), but our terrorized heroine Olivia suffers from her husband’s mistreatment, confused by her misunderstanding of how God views her, and challenged by her lack of strong faith. Just as her courage matures and strengthen through these problems, she’s thrown by those knee-buckling words, “You have breast cancer.”
It is necessarily a gritty look at domestic abuse and the realities of dealing with cancer and its various treatments. I wanted to show Olivia’s growth as a wife, how she experienced the cancer, and how, with the help of faith and grit, her courage flourished.
In many ways, this novel is a tribute to women who fight these battles with bravery, even if that valor takes time to develop. I pray the reader, by witnessing another’s journey, is strengthened in her own battles.
Faces of Courage be is Christian Women’s Fiction book that is written by Susan K. Beatty. This book will tug at your heart strings and your heart will break as you read.
Olivia Stanford has had a rough life. She’s had a lot of fear and abandonment. She’s gone through the foster system only to be adopted and her adoptive parents dying and her feeling completely alone.
Olivia marries Frank and all seems well. However then Frank deals with his football injuries and his career loss and life takes a dark turns for Olivia. This story does deal with domestic abuse. Frank does become abusive toward Olivia. One of the things that I loved about Olivia is her unwavering faith in God. No matter what was thrown at her she stood for God.
This story also touches on the rawness and realness of Breast Cancer. It’s written with so much honesty that it’s not horrible. Like all else that Olivia faces she turns it over to God. I hope If ever faced with such trials I’m as strong as Olivia.
I received a copy of this book from the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program. All thoughts are my own.
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