Thursday, May 22, 2014

Cynthia Ruchti's All My Belongings ~ Reviewed

All My Belongings [Paperback]
By Cynthia Ruchti (Author)
Pages 320
Binding Softcover
Release Date May 6, 2014
Publisher Abingdon Press
ISBN 1426749724

Jayne Dennagee has spent her life running from the doctor death legacy of her father. His Kervorkian-copycat methods of euthanasia ruined her childhood, covering it in shame. She won t let him steal her future, too. After changing her name to Becka, she assumes a new life and new job caring for the ailing mother of a handsome young businessman, Isaac Hughes.

Becka struggles to sort out her feelings for her new boss just as her patient passes away under unusual circumstances. Suddenly, her past catches up with her and the unnerving details of her heritage make Becka look like a murder suspect. Worse, all sense of home and all hope for love vanish.

Even if she could clear her name, a phone call from prison wraps a suffocating shroud around her heart. Her father is out and he needs her help. Can Becka open her new life to the man who has prematurely taken so many? Or will her father s legacy make it impossible to open her heart at all?

Review Blurb:

All My Belongings is another Ruchti home run! Becca's emotions are so spot-on. The hope revealed and the restoration of faith will have you reaching for a tissue. That's what I love about Cynthia Ruchti's books. She always makes me chuckle and cry. You can't get any better than that!

Reviewed by: Ane Mulligan 
President, Novel Rocket

Bonus Review: 

All My Belongings is about a young woman named Jayne. After growing up with parents who seemed to forget about her while trying to fight her mother's horrible illness, she struggles to find her purpose. When her mother tragically dies at her father's hand, she feels she must report him, but can't face the consequences for doing what she thought was the right thing. After losing her mother and seeing her father put in prison, she decides to change her name to Becca. At the urging of a close friend, she moves to California to care for her friend's ailing sister, Aurelia. Upon arriving, she meets Aurelia's handsome son, Isaac Hughes. Becca moves in with Aurelia, and comes to care for both her and Isaac a great deal, however, the lies that keep building up as she tries to hide her past and create a new one bother her more with each passing day. As Becca and Isaac's relationship progresses, Aurelia suddenly passes away under unusual circumstances, and Becca finds that the past she has been trying to hide begins to catch up with her.
This was a great book. I was especially drawn to it because the elderly woman Becca cared for, Aurelia, had Alzheimer’s. My Grandma also has Alzheimer's, so I was able to relate to the story pretty well. Becca's care for her was just wonderful, and my heart went out for her when she became a suspect in her passing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers

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