When the Morning Glory Blooms - eBook
Best book I have read so far this year!
Let me tell you all about a book I just finished a couple weeks ago that is already on my "Best Books I've Read in 2014" list!
I love Cynthia Ruchti's fiction and non-fiction alike, but this book and its characters grabbed me and won't let go. And that is the way to tell a great book--one that the characters stay with you, and you keep thinking about them and wondering about them after you close the covers!
I don't know how she did it, but in When the Morning Glory Blooms, the author managed to blend the many stories of characters from the 1890s with some from 1951 and the present, then tie them all together so beautifully at the end. Each character is not only from a different decade, but at different places in their lives and faith journeys.
Although fiction, this is a true-to-life story with sin and its consequences mixed with God's mercy and grace. It shows how our lives are affected by those around us, and more importantly, how our lives can affect so many others whether we are aware of it or not.
So, run out and buy, beg, or borrow a copy of this book so you can meet the woman who runs a home for unwed mothers, a grandmother taking care of her teen-age daughter's baby, and a nurse's aid who is carrying the child of a man fighting overseas. Since this book is about mothers and daughters and all the women who love and nurture us, it would make a great gift for Mother's Day in a few weeks, so buy one for yourself and for some women who are special to you!
March 17, 2014
A Legacy of Hope
Author Cynthia Ruchti once again has given us a novel that is as unique as it is stunningly written. Like the delicate vines of the bookÃ¢ÂÂs title, The Morning Glory Blooms intertwines the stories of three very different women: Becky Trundle, Ivy Carrington, and Anna Grissom.
The novel spans like an epic with stories from the 1800s to today. Each story begins at pivotal, life-changing moments for the women.
The contemporary character, Becky is dealing with her new normal. She is now grandmother to her unwed, teenage daughterÃ¢ÂÂs adorable son, Jackson. Still in high school, Lauren finds a convenient arrangement with living at home as she completes high schoolÃ¢ÂÂleaving her mom with the bulk of JacksonÃ¢ÂÂs childcare. BeckyÃ¢ÂÂs new routine has impacted her in more ways than changing diapersÃ¢ÂÂher friends and relationships have changed as wellÃ¢ÂÂand not necessarily in a good way.
We meet Ivy in 1951. Ivy is a young woman who carries a secret in her wombÃ¢ÂÂa secret she did not share with her boyfriend before he deployed to fight in Korea. She has told no oneÃ¢ÂÂnot even her father with whom she shares a dreary apartment.
Until, that is, Ivy gets to know one of the residents of the nursing home where she works. The quirky old woman has an uncanny way of reading Ivy like a dime store novel. This odd womanÃ¢ÂÂwho nearly bullies Ivy into transcribing her autobiographyÃ¢ÂÂis our third character, Anna.
As Ivy writes, Anna takes the story back to 1890. Anna inherits a once-elegant home destined to be more than a place for her to live. God has a unique and significant purpose for Anna and the house that will cause as much controversy as it does good. The home would provide sanctuary and refuge to unwed mothers.
As each of the womenÃ¢ÂÂs stories develop, a beautiful thread of hope weaves itself into the lives of Becky, Ivy, and Anna. Not easy answers and platitudesÃ¢ÂÂjust pure, sweet hope.
Ruchti writes with heart, reality, and generosity. Readers will come away with more than a great book to keep in their library; they will come away with an itch to examine their own lives to see where God might be leading them.
November 6, 2013
Three Lives Intertwined by Circumstance
Another great book from Cynthia Ruchti. This one tells the stories of three women, each from a different generation, who deal with the consequences of unplanned pregnancies. The reader gains wisdom and compassion through the life story of Anna who opens a home for unwed mothers in the 1890's.
My favorite part of the whole book is when Anna likens God's care for these young ladies who made unwise choices to His care for sparrows. At one point, a sparrow flies into the home through the open doors and frantic efforts to get it out of the house result in the bird smacking into a closed window. As it lays flopping on the floor, one of the residents calls it a stupid bird. Anna's response: "That was its problem a few seconds ago. Now its problem is pain." Anna recognizes the similarities between the bird and the girls of her home. Their unwise choices result in painful consequences. The world sees them only as fallen and ignores their pain. "The world they faced did not know that the sound of our falling is the call that sends Him to catch us."
Beautifully written, this book is an inspiring call to believers to put away our judgment and instead show Christ's love to the fallen--to bind up the wounds as Jesus did for the woman caught in adultery, the lepers, the tax collectors, the sinners.
Thank you, Cynthia!
April 25, 2013
Gripping multi-generational story laced with grace
Cynthia is a gifted writer. She writes from deep places and that pulls me deep into the pages of her books. Her first, They Almost Always Come Home, was not an easy read because of the subject. Yet I couldn't put it down. When the Morning Glory Blooms is even better. Between the covers she weaves compelling stories about four women and how in different times they each deal with unplanned pregnancies. Grace stitches the story together while hope sings from its pages. This is a book to savor, weep over, and pray through. I adored it.
May 29, 2013