Author Cynthia Ruchti and I share a few life-story details. She and her dear husband live in Wisconsin's heartland. So do my sweetheart and I. They are the parents of three grown children; so are we. Luckily for her, the much loved five grandchildren live nearby. We, too are so lucky, but I must admit that our little brood is now at six. While I believe my gifts have been used as intended in the home, classroom, library, and now in volunteer efforts and this blog, it is clear that Cynthia's gifts have taken her into the world of speaking and writing. Her newest novel When the Morning Glory Blooms presents multiple stories of hope a midst darkest trials. The strength of unselfish sacrifice and love push aside society's harsh judgments to offer second chances. Just as the shriveled, dry morning glory seeds burst into life giving vines, tender new beginnings grow from the hardest circumstances.
Ruchti has told a story that SO transcends the message in any predictable romance or mystery. Three distinct, but intertwined stories revolve the common subject - unplanned/unwanted pregnancies and society's reactions. Whether it is Anna's story of her home for single mothers in the 1890's, Ivy's 1950's decision not to tell her Korea-bound boyfriend about her pregnancy, or Becky's need to hold her family together when her teenage daughter becomes a mother, you will shed tears as you read, but will also rebound with joy and hope. As Anna learns in her early midwifing days - there are no children born unloved, as God loves each one. Each unwanted pregnancy or birth into difficult circumstances gives us an opportunity to manifest that love in ways acceptable to him.
This is a skillfully told work. In books with multiple plot lines, I am often bored with one, or unwilling to hop from one time period to another. I never had those feelings while reading When the Morning Glory Blooms. Each story is as solidly developed as the others, characters and their dilemmas fit their time period, yet all three mesh into the same tale of self-less love.
Check out Cynthia Ruchti's website to learn more about her career and writing.
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When the Morning Glory Blooms Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule
Monday, May 6 – Book Spotlight at Cheryl’s Christian Connection
Monday, May 6 – First Chapter Reveal at The Writer’s Life
Tuesday, May 7 – Interview at You Gotta Read Reviews
Wednesday, May 8 – Interview at Examiner
Thursday, May 9 – Character Guest Post at Literarily Speaking
Friday, May 10 – Book Spotlight at My Cozie Corner
Friday, May 10 – First Chapter Reveal at As the Pages Turn
Saturday, May 11 – Book Review at A Peek at My Bookshelf
Sunday, May 12 – Guest Blogging at My Devotional Thoughts
Monday, May 13 – Book Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Tuesday, May 14 – Book Spotlight at The Busy Mom’s Daily
Tuesday, May 14 – Guest Blogging at The Story Behind The Book
Wednesday, May 15 – Book Review at Melina’s Book Blog
Wednesday, May 15 – First Chapter Reveal at Pump Up Your Book
Thursday, May 16 – Interview at The Writer’s Life
Friday, May 17 – Interview at Blogcritics
Friday, May 17 – Book Spotlight at The Book Connection
Saturday, May 18 – Book Review at My Devotional Thoughts
Monday, May 20 – Book Review & Book Giveaway at Queen of All She Reads
Tuesday, May 21 – Book Review at A Year of Jubilee Reviews
Wednesday, May 22 – Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Thursday, May 23 – Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at 4 the Love of Books
Thursday, May 23 – First Chapter Reveal at Read My First Chapter
Friday, May 24 – Book Spotlight at Moonlight Lace & Mayhem
Friday, May 24 – First Chapter Reveal at Beyond the Books
Sunday, May 26 – Book Spotlight at Authors & Readers Book Corner
Monday, May 27 – Book Review & Book Giveaway at Create With Joy
Tuesday, May 28 – Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Thursday, May 30 – Book Review & Guest Blogging at Jersey Girl Book Reviews
Thursday, May 30 – Book Review at Lighthouse Academy
Friday, May 31 - Book Review at Thoughts From Mill Street
I received a copy of this title from Pump Up Your Book for review purposes. All opinions are mine.