About the Book
Book: The Fragrance of Violets
Author: Susan K. Beatty
Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction
Release date: May 17, 2022
Life crushes us with its weight sometimes.
Fiona’s father abandoned her when she was twelve. So when she learns that he’s the groom’s father in the wedding she’s been assigned to manage, all the old hurts resurface. Maybe if he’d just explain himself and ask forgiveness, she’d get over the pain he left her with—pain she obviously hadn’t left behind after all.
When Nason discovered he wasn’t Fiona’s biological father, and when her mother tried to sabotage his marriage, he felt like he had no other option but to leave and never look back. Running into her again—awkward to say the least. And he can’t understand why she feels betrayed—why she expects him to seek forgiveness.
As if life weren’t complicated enough, Fiona meets Trevor, which sparks a possible romance. New faith, an overdose, and revelations combine with Trevor’s discipleship and shows her how forgiveness really works.
What will it take for Nason to swallow his pride and see how his actions hurt an innocent child?
The Fragrance of Violets—as Mark Twain once said, “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”
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About the Author
Who says you can’t begin a new career after middle age? Certainly not Susan K. Beatty. She is passionate about writing about finding courage through faith and grit, particularly through the trials of breast cancer and other life trials. Her daughter is a metastatic breast cancer “thriver” and has been an inspiration for her writing. Susan’s first novel, Faces of Courage, debuted May 2021, as part of the Faces of Courage series, including several novelettes. She is also the author of An Introduction to Home Education (AKA California Homeschool Manual). Susan is a professional writer/journalist and is active in the writer community. She is proof you can begin a fiction writing career at any age.
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The Fragrance of Violets’ story has yearned to be told for many years now—before I created my tagline, Courage: The Intersection of faith and grit. But it fits perfectly. A similar situation existed a long time ago in the life of an acquaintance. I thought all parties handled it badly, and I longed to make it right. Of course, being an outsider, the only way I could make it right was by creating a novel.
Fiona and Nason, the main characters, are total figments of my imagination, and the details of the story are substantially different. But the core, abandonment, the need to ask for and grant forgiveness, and the courage to meet them, is real and universal.
I desired to show that even when we think we’ve done nothing wrong, we need to seek the Lord and ask Him to reveal where we need to own up to our mistakes and seek forgiveness. Also, I wanted to show that although it is difficult to forgive when we’ve been horribly wronged (and how horrible to have the person you thought of as your father abandon you and with no apparent explanation or remorse), it’s possible with courage. The courage that comes from faith and action.
My prayer is that Fiona and Nason (despite his past) will inspire readers to find their own courage through whatever situations in which they find themselves.
The Fragrance of Violets is written by Susan K. Beatty. This book will take you on an emotional journey that I was not ready for. It is beautifully written and will tug on your heart strings. Fiona has had a very broken life. Her father, Nason, walked out of her life when she was 12. She never fully understood why - and what she could have done wrong. Her mother, Maeve is a drug addict. She works in the hospitality industry with her best friend, Lottie. Within the first few chapters you feel sad for Fiona.
She is passed up for a promotion that she was pretty much guaranteed. She takes it hard. Then her new boss has her working a wedding with her - and she runs smack dab right into Nason. A rush of emotions accompanies it for all parties. Irina, Nason's wife was not my favorite character. She is very angry and rage filled toward Fiona.
This book contains a lesson on forgiveness. For both Fiona and Nason they both harbor so much hurt and anger. I love how the author reminds us that not forgiving someone could allow that hurt to fester. I needed this reminder.
The book is well written, the characters are well developed. Be prepared for the emotional journey.
Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this story. All thoughts are my own.
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