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Cynthia Ruchti has written a fascinating book in When the Morning Glory Blooms. She skips back and forth among three generations of women to weave their stories together.
The book begins with Becky. Her daughter, Lauren, has had a child out of wedlock. Most of the care for their grandchild falls to Becky. Although she loves Jackson, she can help but be exasperated with the laissez faire attitude of their daughter, who won’t disclose the name of the father.
Jump back to 1951 and Ivy. The Korean Conflict is raging and Ivy’s fiancé is there. Ivy is at home and with child. She’s living with her father, who has given her two months to find another place to live as he’s disappointed in her actions. Ivy is an aide at a nursing home where she meets Anna, a delightful old woman with a tale to tell.
Jump back to the 1890s and Anna. Anna is called to start a home for unwed mothers. She has inherited a house she is determined to fix up by herself. Befriended by a man named Puff, who helps her get things back in shape, and the pastor and his wife, Anna is able to open the home.
The three women have much in common and are very real and sympathetic characters. Their stories parallel in many senses. What times them together through time are the morning glories. You will want to buy When the Morning Glory Blooms to read their stories and rejoice in the outcomes. Five Stars.
Cynthia Ruchti is a much-awarded novelist and all around great person. She has thirty-three years of broadcast experience and speaks at many conferences. She is also an agent with Books & Such Literary Management. Cynthia and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin. You can find out more about Cynthia and her books at cynthiaruchti.com.
Abingdon Press gave me a copy of When the Morning Glory Blooms, and I also purchased the e-book, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.