In her debut novel, author Konnie Viner creates a beautiful story of hope and healing in the wake of devastation.
Reeling from the pain and rejection of a nasty divorce, Shannon Enright decides to start life over—in a new town, with a new job, new home, new friends. It isn’t easy, but things are finally starting to come together for her. Secrets from her marriage are still unfolding, but she grits her teeth and moves on. Looking for diversion, Shannon volunteers at a local florist shop and tearoom. There she finds more than she ever imagined.
Rose Daniels owns and operates the Amaryllis, a unique gift shop in Shannon’s new town. She repurposes broken household items, turning them into beautifully useful works of art. But Rose’s real purpose is to help others find beauty in the brokenness of life. She counsels young women like Shannon, showing them the quiet love of a faithful God and teaching them to trust His plan.
When Shannon’s ex returns, at first to sweet-talk and then to demand, it’s Rose’s counsel that keeps Shannon safe and sane. But Rose has been hiding her own dark and dangerous secrets, and her past is about to catch up with her.
When things come crashing down around them, will either woman find the strength to let God showcase the perfect imperfections of their lives?
“I went through my own divorce ten years ago,” Viner says. “I’ve experienced many of the same emotions and insecurities that Shannon does. I wrote her story so others can know that the disappointments and failures of your past don’t have to dictate what’s to come.” When Viner chose to have Rose rescue cracked and broken pots and make them into something beautiful, it was with deliberate intent. “I love Rose’s passion for bringing beauty from the broken. Her repurposed containers carry the beauty of God’s creation (flowers) into the world. Our lives are like her art. We are vehicles for God’s grace. Our chips and cracks do not diminish His glory. They showcase His power and His redeeming love.”
Konnie Viner writes with the goal of helping others find hope and encouragement in difficult life situations. Her first book, Rested Soul, Resilient Heart: Finding Hope in the Storms of Abuse and Betrayal (2017), is an eight-week prayer and Bible study to help Christian women find victory in the aftermath of these relationships. With Amaryllis Journey, she hopes to reach a broader audience with the message of restorative hope and healing that only God can bring.
Konnie holds a BS in education from the University of Kansas and an MS in business management from the University of Redlands, California. She has experience as a volunteer advocate for victims of domestic abuse. She is a former secondary education teacher and is currently self-employed.