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Today it’s my pleasure to welcome Ginger Solomon back to the blog. Ginger will be talking betrayal and her Contemporary Christian Romance Can’t Live Without You, her story in the boxed set A Christmas to Remember. Welcome, Ginger.
Forgiveness After Betrayal
by Ginger Solomon
The other day, I was having lunch with a friend. We started talking about my books, and I gave her the run-down on each of the stories. I talked too much, but during our talk, I realized God works on ME when I write my books. It may not be the main aspect of the story, but somewhere in there, God speaks to an issue I’m dealing with.
In Can’t Live Without You, a novella in the boxed set A Christmas to Remember, Clarissa feels betrayed by her best friend, Sawyer. When a friend read it for me, she said, “I have dealt with betrayal and Ginger described it very well, and the process of getting past that and forgiving and still loving is so adequately described and detailed in this awesome book.”
Some of my books deal with things I’ve never had to experience. Sadly, with this one, I was and am acutely aware of what betrayal feels like. It’s hard—hard to accept, hard to forgive, and hard to get over, but we must do all of those. And yet, many times we can’t do it alone. We need help from loving friends or family with whom we can talk and not worry about them sharing with others. And it takes help from God. We must allow him to work in our hearts to forgive.
And it may not happen overnight. I like to think of forgiveness as an onion. One layer at a time, we forgive. When the next layer is revealed (and sometimes it takes days, weeks, or months to happen), then we have to forgive again. Or we have to remind ourselves that we have forgiven.
In Clarissa’s case, she had a hard-nosed, spiritual Momma come alongside her and give her sound advice: Spend time in the Word and listen to what God wants to tell you about the situation. And what He says may not be easy, but it will give you peace. And that is the most wonderful feeling in the world.
Can’t Live Without You
By Ginger Solomon
Clarissa Harding’s upcoming marriage is a business arrangement. When he dies and his secret comes out, she’s hurt. When she finds out her best friend, Sawyer Chasin, knew his brother’s secret and didn’t tell her, she’s devastated. Feeling betrayed, she walks away from God, her family, Sawyer, and their newly-discovered love.
Sawyer Chasin hated keeping secrets from Clarissa, and now he may have lost the only person his heart wants. Recovering from the same car accident that killed his brother can wait. He needs to find her and make her understand the choice he had to make.
Love covers a multitude of sins, but betrayal stretches its boundaries.
“Rissa, it’s temporary. A year, two at most. And both of our families benefit.” He reached for her hand.
She nodded but didn’t look at him as she tucked her hand under her leg to avoid his. The ticking of the clock seemed to mimic a time bomb. The expressions passing across her face cut him deeply.
He hadn’t expected his agreement with the plan to cause her so much pain.
After several minutes, she spoke, “I’ll do it. For you. I hope everything I’m giving up is worth it.” She sniffed as tears trickled down her cheeks. Without looking at him again, she stood and left his study.
Sawyer felt like an idiot. His decision hurt Rissa, and maybe even ruined their friendship, but Chas Inc. needed the cash to survive. He hoped she’d forgive him.
He didn’t want to choose between the welfare of his family and disappointing his best friend, but he didn’t have much choice.
Want to read more? You can find Can’t Live Without You at Amazon
About the Author:
Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer—in that order (mostly). She writes or reads inspirational romance of any genre, and if she’s busy homeschooling, doing laundry, or fixing dinner, books are on her mind. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and blogs regularly for InspyRomance.com and at gingersolomon.com.