Saturday, June 7, 2014

All My Belongings by Cynthia Ruchti

What would you do if everyone in the state knew your name because of what your father had done? Where could you get a job? Where could you go so people wouldn't stare and point at you?

After years of running from the shame her father put on her family, Jayne changes her name to Becca Morrow. She takes the opportunity to move to California, a new life and a new job caring for an elderly woman with a handsome son.

Just when it looks like Becca's life might be turning out well for her, the elderly woman dies under suspicious circumstances. The police find out who she really is and are convinced she has followed in her father's footsteps.

Her life becomes even more complicated when she receives a letter from her estranged father's attorney. Her father needs her help. How can she possibly open herself up to the man who ruined her past?

I really enjoyed this novel. Becca is a great character and I really admired her as she tried to forge a new life. Even when Becca is under suspicion of mercy killing, there were always those who believed in her. That was so refreshing, as was Becca's renewed faith in Christ. Ruchti has added humorous dialog, a help in dealing with serious subjects.

There are several themes running through the novel. One is how our past may sometimes intrude into the present. Another is trusting, even when others doubt it. And finally, there is forgiveness.

All in all a very good novel.

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Cynthia Ruchti has been telling stories on-air for 33 years through the Heartbeat of the Home radio broadcast. Her books have been recognized by Retailer's choice, RT Reviewers' Choice, Family Fiction Readers' Choice, ACFW's Carol Award nomination, and other honors. This is her eighth book. She and her husband of over 40 years live in Wisconsin and have three adult children and five grandchildren. Find out more about her and her books at www.cynthiaruchti.com.

Abingdon Press, 320 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse for the purpose of an independent and honest review. 
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