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Spotlight: House of Courage

House of Courage


HouseofCourageSome think courage belongs only to mythical superheroes. Others think courage is simply a matter of the will. Where does courage come from—really?

Marissa Cinzano shouldn’t have trouble finding courage. After all, she was brought up on it. As a single woman, she’s relied on it her entire adult life, especially during her breast cancer journey. But when her father wants to sell Orange Tree Farm, the only home she’s ever known, she believes saving the farm is her responsibility. If only she could work up enough courage—mind over matter.

Cousin Dante tries to help, but financial troubles with the family-owned restaurant makes it hard, and solutions are complicated by her father’s aging and her mother’s failing health. A fire fueled by dangerous Santa Ana winds in the canyons of Orange County, California causes a major setback. Will Orange Tree Farm be saved?

Marissa’s story challenges us to remember our plans may not be God’s plans and courage is found at the intersection of faith and grit.

About the Author

Beatty“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.

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Thoughts on House of Courage

House of Courage is a story of determination that left me feeling a sort of kinship with the main character, Marissa. The family dynamics of this Italian-American family brought me right back to my childhood and memories of our own family-owned restaurant. Great story with a faith element that doesn’t overwhelm but rather adds authenticity to the read. Two thumbs up!

Thanks for visiting and happy reading!



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