About the Book:
A new identity can’t protect Becca from a past that refuses to go away. Where do you turn when changing your name doesn’t give you the anonymity you want? When running hundreds of miles away isn’t far enough? When your search for a place to belong lands you right back where you began? One phone call destroys all the hope Becca Morrow has for a life beyond the shame of her past. Further discredited by the death of her elderly, ailing patient—the mother of the influential businessman, Isaac Hughes—Becca’s new life is shattered and her longing for love slips away. Working to clear her name, Becca must learn to see the beauty in the ugliness of dying, to accept the tenderness in forgiveness, and—at last—discover that where she belongs isn’t as much about her family history as it is about her faith in the One to whom she’ll always belong.
This was definitely one of those right book at the right time books for me. About six weeks ago I watched my father die. This book deals with the deaths of three people. Like my father's death, these were expected. Unlike my father's death, some of these were hastened. We learn quickly that Becca was the one who turned her father into the authorities for killing her mother, who had ALS. She changes her name and gets a job across the country, a job caring for an elderly woman who is dying. She avoids talking about her past but the police become suspicious when the death of her charge has odd elements.
I think the book does a good job of looking realistically at the problems we have caring for the infirm. It is obvious that Isaac's mother's care was greatly enhanced because of his ability to pay for it. Mention is made of multiple downsizings made necessary by Becca's mother's illness. As families become separated by miles, as they become smaller, and as we live longer, more and more of us are going to have to deal with the financial reality of infirmity. I have to wonder what part that financial reality played in the decisions made by Becca's father.
All My Belongings is definitely Christian fiction. The characters pray. They drink sparkling juice, not wine. Isaac belongs to a men's group from church and they meet regularly. The final moral is that forgiveness is necessary and freeing.
I'd like to thank the publishers for making a review copy available for this Litfuse tour. Grade: B+
Cynthia Ruchti asks what it takes to overcome your past and become who you were meant to be in her latest novel, All My Belongings. Cynthia has woven a heart-wrenching tale of forgiveness, grace, and learning what it means to truly belong.
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