Becky rocks a baby that rocked her world. Sixty years earlier, with her fiancé Drew in the middle of the Korean Conflict, Ivy throws herself into her work at a nursing home to keep her sanity and provide for the child Drew doesn’t know is coming. Ivy cares for Anna, an elderly patient who taxes Ivy’s listening ear until the day she suspects Anna’s tall tales are not just idle ramblings. They’re Anna’s disjointed memories of a remarkable life. Finding a faint thread of hope she can’t resist tugging, Ivy records Anna’s memoir, scribbling furiously after hours to keep up with the woman’s emotion-packed grace-hemmed stories. Is Ivy’s answer buried in Anna’s past? And what connects them to Becky?
Becky, Ivy, Anna–three women fight a tangled vine of deception in search of the blossoming simplicity of truth.
RT Reviews 4.5 Stars and TOP PICK! 2014 Selah Award; 2014 Christian Retailings BEST Award; 2014 ForeWord Reviews IndieFab Honorable Mention Award in Inspirational
“I lost track of the number of times tears filled my eyes, both tears of heartache and joy. This novel has made the list of one of my all-time favorite books!
–Tricia Goyer, bestselling author of more than 30 books
“A wonderfully woven story of hope, resilience, and tenderness. Beautiful from page one to the last. The ending is nothing short of perfect.”
–Susan Meissner, author of The Girl in the Glass
“A story rich with grace and hope. I loved the way three generations of stories were woven into one another, and the ending was as perfect as any I’ve read in a long time. Cynthia Ruchti has earned a permanent place on my must-read list.”
–Deborah Raney, author of The Face of the Earth and the Hanover Falls novels
“Once again, Cynthia Ruchti has crafted an emotion-wrenching story of hope glimmering through soul-darkness. With deep insight into human frailty and cultural mores, Ruchti exquisitely crafts three intertwining stories of the personal and societal struggles of unplanned pregnancy in three different eras. If When the Morning Glory Blooms had been available in the years I served as director of a crisis pregnancy center, I would have made it available to every client.”
–Becky Melby, author of the Lost Sanctuary series
“Covering three women in three different eras, Cynthia Ruchti’s When the Morning Glory Blooms will be on my Top Ten for 2013 list. I always look forward to her books, knowing I’ll chuckle, I’ll shed some tears, and I’ll always get a great story. One of my all-time favorite authors, Ruchti is at her best weaving together the lives of Becky, Ivy, and Anna. Novel Rocket and I give it our highest recommendation.”
–Ane Mulligan, Senior Editor, Novel Rocket
“When the Morning Glory Blooms is a beautifully crafted story of God’s faithfulness in spite of our failings. Cynthia tenderly, yet truthfully, writes on a subject many would rather pretend doesn’t exist or would sit in judgment upon. For generations, there have been women who have found themselves with nowhere to turn in a crisis pregnancy. Let this book be a reminder and an encouragement to us all that lives are changed when there is grace and love offered and a place to go where hope can be renewed.”
–Melissa Heegeman, former Board President, The Hannah Center
“True to her exquisite writing style, author Cynthia Ruchti has once again penned a masterpiece. When the Morning Glory Blooms exceeds–if possible–her wonderful storytelling in her debut novel, They Almost Always Come Home. This deeply relational novel weaves together three stories from three different time periods, carrying readers along on a most enjoyable experience and then leaving us with a bittersweet longing for the next offering from this talented author. Regardless of what type of genre you prefer, buy and read this book. It is exceptional…and you won’t be disappointed.”
–Kathi Macias, award-winning author of 40 books, including the Golden Scrolls 2011 Novel of the Year and Carol Award Finalist, Red Ink
“When the Morning Glory Blooms is the kind of book you will keep on your shelf long past reading just to remember the connection you felt with its characters every time you see the cover. Each woman in this book deeply impacted me, their struggles and joys so authentically revealed within the pages of their thoughts and dialogue. The author, Cynthia Ruchti, has a way with words that so beautifully encapsulates human emotion into word pictures. It makes reading her work a little like a treasure hunt. There is always something valuable to take away from her work.”
–Aimee Tippen, Assistant Coordinator of a MOPS chapter, and current president of The Board of Directors for The Hannah Center Inc., a home for women in crisis