Monday, June 21, 2021

Faces of Courage by Susan K Beatty Blog Tour


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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My Review 

Beatty has done a good job of exploring the character of a woman who must have courage to deal with serious issues in her life. Olivia's first struggle is with an abusive husband. He is controlling and verbally, emotionally and ultimately physically abusive. Beatty spends over half of the book giving us a very real sense of Olivia's experiences, thoughts and feelings in the face of her husband's behavior. The intensity of the story may be difficult for some to read if they have been in a similar situation.

There are several issues Beatty includes in this novel. One concerns the biblical model for wives. Does a Christian wife stay in an abusive marriage, even to the point of physical harm? Another issue is how events from the past, such as Olivia's abusive father, affect the present. Another issue is the emotional and physical trauma a woman experiences when she is given the diagnosis of breast cancer.

This is an emotionally packed book. Potential readers need to be aware of the spousal abuse and cancer diagnosis contained within. These topics may be difficult for some to read about. Readers will be challenged and inspired to have courage in facing struggles.

Food for thought: “Show the face of courage God has given you.” (1816/4912)

My rating: 4/5 stars. 

 

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.

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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

7 comments:

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a good book.

megana said...

Wow..sounds like there is alot to this book! I think it will be a great read!

Lynn Brown said...

This sounds like an excellent read with lots of drama. Hard luck all through her life. It should be interesting. Thanks for the chance.

Emma said...

This sounds like an amazing story! It also sounds like it might be hard to read.

Debbie P said...

This sounds like a really great book and it is on top of my TBR list!

Caryl Kane said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

Dianna said...

What a heavy plot line. Definitely not a beach read!