"Vanessa is a superb storyteller." --ReShonda Tate Billingsley
AAMBC Christian Fiction Writer of the Year Award Winner
When one woman is caught in the act of her greatest transgression, it's the beginning of her greatest transformation…
It started innocently: a coincidental meeting between old high school friends--first loves--at Butterfly's business, The Painted Lady Flower Shop. Then came lunch, then confessions of unhappy marriages, loneliness. It went on that way for years between Butterfly and Ethan. That's how they built the soul tie--the bond that, despite their devotion to God, has now led to adultery. And as with all things done in secret, they've been found out. Well, Butterfly has.
As a leader in her church, Butterfly is suddenly cast into the spotlight. But she soon realizes she's being used as a pawn to bring down a new pastor--a young man who is upsetting tradition by preaching about real-life issues real people deal with. People like Butterfly. And as she faces a challenging search for truth, forgiveness, and the real meaning of love, she may finally break out of her cocoon…
"Those who seek pure, old-fashioned Christian fiction will enjoy Griggs's latest." --Library Journal
From the time they met as teenagers, Ethan and Butterfly have shared a powerful connection that hasn't faded even after 15 years apart. When Ethan reappears in Butterfly's life, they're tempted thanks to unhappy marriages to pick up right where they left off. As their emotional intimacy grows over the next 10 years, they continue to shy away from sexual infidelity, despite kisses and deep conversations. Ethan finally convinces Butterfly to spend a night with him in a hotel, but before they get to their room she runs into a deacon from her church, whose wife, the next day, accuses Butterfly of adultery in front of the whole congregation. Though she's innocent, Butterfly ends what she considers to be an emotional affair with Ethan and begins to rebuild trust with her unfaithful, unappreciative husband. Griggs's newest (after Redeeming Waters), exploring her common themes of fidelity and spiritual faith, is also a lesson in emotional infidelity. Her heroine is unfortunately passive, permitting her husband to mistreat her and Ethan to string her along for a decade. This character trait will likely frustrate readers who otherwise may appreciate a woman's struggle with her faith.
Forever Soul Ties
I read this book in 5 hours...I could not put it down! I will definitely add her to my list of best authors! I loved every moment..I will continue to support her and tell all my friends. Would love to see a part two :-)