Thursday, June 5, 2014

Where do you go when changing your name is not enough??

            "All My Belongings"
                           By Cynthia Ruchti
About the book: A new life and a new identity can't protect Becca from a past that refuses to go away.
After spending years running from the shame her father put on her family, Jayne is determined not to let him steal her future in the same way he stole her childhood. Changing her name to Becca Morrow, she moves to California and settles into a new life and new job caring for ailing mother of handsome young businessman, Isaac Hughes.
But just as she's wondering if she and Isaac are headed for a relationship, Becca's patient passes away under unusual circumstances. Suddenly, her past catches up with her and the unnerving details of her heritage threaten to destroy all sense of home and all hope for love.
Even if she could clear her name, a phone call wraps a suffocating shroud around her heart. Her estranged father needs her help. But can Becca open her new life to the man who ruined her past?

My Thoughts:

Cynthia was a new author to me. I not read other books by her, so had no preconceived ideas of what kind of story was awaiting me. What a great surprise, this book was! An awesome beginning, from which a fantastic tale grows!! I was totally blown away by the beautiful style that Cynthia uses. Her story has you emotionally involved from start to finish. 

The main character, Becca, is a woman with whom I could easily identify. She had some very serious, yet real problems. My admiration for her courage and faith grew as the plot progressed. There were no easy solutions for Becca, yet she met each challenge head on. She became an true inspiration to me, making my battles seem very minor.

I loved the plot of the story. It was fast moving and at times intriguing. It is a romance but also a "sitting on the edge of your seat" kind of book!  Totally unexpected events keep you guessing, while the twists and turns in the plot continue to engage your interest. 

Forgiveness and hope are the theme throughout this book. The struggles to achieve both are what keeps Becca going. Regardless of roadblocks, she is determined to have her life back again. She may have to reinvent herself to survive, however, by listening to  God, not only her heart, but the reader's can be mended. What a wonderful hope!

Definitely a five star book. I will be looking for more new books from this talented author.

About the Author:

Taking multi-tasking to new heights (or depths, depending on your perspective), Cynthia Ruchti is the author of recent releases "When the Morning Glory Blooms" (novel) and "Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People's Choices" (nonfiction). She makes potato corn chowder for her husband of 41 years, loves on her three kids and five grandchildren, recently retired from 33 years of writing and producing a daily radio broadcast called THE HEARTBEAT OF THE HOME, writes devotionals for, is past president of the 2,700-member American Christian Fiction Writers and now serves as ACFW's Professional Relations Liaison, all while working on more book projects in addition to the six already on the shelves. The year 2010 saw the release of her debut novel--"They Almost Always Come Home" by Abingdon Press (a Carol Award finalist)--and a Christmas collection novella, "The Heart's Harbor" in A Door County Christmas, a Family Fiction Reader's Choice, by Barbour Publishing. "His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is Not," released Nov 1, 2011. Another novella collection--"Cedar Creek Seasons" (Barbour) released in spring of 2012. "When the Morning Glory Blooms" (April 2013) will be followed by "All My Belongings" (2014, also from Abingdon Press). She writes stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark, but she gave up knitting, counted cross-stitch, sewing her own clothes, naps, and dusting baseboards a long time ago. You can find her at, at, or in the kitchen, brewing herself another cup of tea.

Cynthia can be found at: websiteFacebookTwitter,Goodreads

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