Monday, July 4, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: The Fragrance of Violets by Susan K. Beatty

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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Women's Christian Fiction is a favorite genre of mine. The Fragrance of Violets by Susan K. Beatty is a book that falls into that genre. This is Book 2 in the Faces of Courage Series. I have read Book 1 in this series, so I was excited to read Book 2 also. 

Fiona was abandoned by her "father" when she was just 12 yrs old. She is now and adult and is shocked to run into Nason at a wedding she is managing. The encounter was awkward for both. Fiona has always wondered why Nason abandoned her. Nason reveals that he left when he found out he is not his Biological Father for Fiona. Nason also wonders why she still harbors anger at him and why she feels the need for forgiveness. Trevor comes into Fiona's life and she is very interested in him. Trevor has been through a lot in his life yet he has a strong will and faith. Will Fiona ever receive the apology and talk with Nason? Will there be a Romance between Trevor and Fiona? 

WOW, this book really takes the reader on an emotional ride. The author really touches greatly on the topic of Forgiveness and how to give and receive it. I really like how Fiona really grew up throughout the book as she had to face her past. Trevor was an outstanding character in the book and really taught Fiona a lot about forgiveness. Nason had to also face the past and reveal to Fiona his reason for leaving the family. I really like the relationship between Trevor and Fiona. I was tearing up throughout the book as forgiveness can be a difficult thing to do and learn for so many.  I HIGHLY Recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance books!  GREAT BOOK!

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 nowbefore 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.

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To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Fragrance of Violets sounds like an excellent book for me to read, thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Happily Managing a Household of Boys, for sharing your review! Have a super day!

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like a great book. Great review!

Debbie P said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a great story.

marisela zuniga said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing, the book sounds very good

slehan said... Best Blogger Tips

Good book for Summer reading.
Thanks for the contest.

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your review of The Fragrance of Violets, this sounds like a lovely read and I am looking forward to it

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