- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Abingdon Press (April 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 142673543X
- ISBN-13: 978-1426735431
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 97 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cynthia Ruchti wrote and produced the daily 15-minute radio broadcast, The Heartbeat of the Home, for 33 years and was editor of the broadcast's Backyard Friends magazine. She served a two-year term as president of American Christian Fiction Writers and currently serves as ACFW's Professional Relations Liaison. In addition to writing novels, devotionals, and magazine articles, she speaks for women's events and writers' conferences. Cynthia and her plot-tweaking husband live in the heart of Wisconsin where she creates stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark. Find Cynthia on the web at cynthiaruchti.com.
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This is a novel filled with deep memories woven with pain as well as tender moments. It's a wonderful story of the importance of faith in what the Lord wants for us. It also depicts the consequences of our earthly choices.
If you enjoy realistic women's fiction, you'll want to read this finely composed book. This author has me hooked. I'll definitely be reading more by Cynthia Ruchti.
It's 1951, and Ivy Carrington has sent her boyfriend, Drew, off to the Korean War. Not wanting to worry him or make him feel obligated to marry her, she doesn't tell him she's pregnant. To help keep it a secret, she moves away from her friends and into a small apartment with her father above a dry cleaners. Ivy begins working at an old folks' home. There she befriends Anna Grissom, one of the residents, who not only shares her life story with Ivy, but impacts her future.
It's 1890, and at only twenty years old, Anna has inherited a large house from a deceased aunt. Anna has a dream--to establish a home for unwed mothers. She has little money to work with, and she must also overcome the community's feelings toward her project. But in time, a small group of people offer their help, and together they provide a haven for young women who have nowhere to go.
When the Morning Glory Blooms offers three stories in one book that connect in a beautiful and meaningful way. Although written in three time periods, I was totally engaged in each story--in the women's lives, emotions, and dreams.
I was impressed by the author's prose. Sometimes, I'll read a book where several sentences or phrases will stick out as being particularly good or well written. The pages in this novel are filled with lyrical gems. Here's an example: "A shroud of silence dropped over them--not gauzy but suffocating, like felted wool, a weave so tight no light or breath could penetrate." A second example--more humorous: "At Anna's speed, a turtle on morphine could outdistance her."
While there is the common theme of unwed pregnancy and the heartbreak it can bring, these stories also contain a wonderful message of hope and grace.
I LOVED this book and highly recommend it. When the Morning Glory Blooms has become one of my favorites for 2013.
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!
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