God's grace, wonderfully portrayed: My review of "When the Morning Glory Blooms" by Cynthia Ruchti
Check out a preview and my review of the latest book from Cynthia Ruchti, courtesy of the publisher and CFBA:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cynthia spends her days diving into words, worship, and wonder and celebrating 40 years of marriage, three grown children, and five outrageously adorable grandchildren. One of her greatest joys is helping other writers grow in their craft. To that end, she served as the assistant director and a faculty member of the Quad Cities Christian Writers Conference, has served as worship and devotions staff for the Write-to-Publish conference, and teaches at other conferences as opportunities arise. She speaks to women’s groups, at mother-daughter banquets, and for women’s refresher days and retreats. It is her delight to serve on her church’s worship team. Rather than “busy,” she likes the term “active.”
For 33 years, Cynthia wrote and produced the radio broadcast The Heartbeat of the Home. The scripted radio drama/devotional broadcast aired on as many as 50 radio stations and two cable/digital television stations over the years. Cynthia was the editor of the ministry’s Backyard Friends magazine, a twenty-page, twice annual publication that reached 5,000 homes, churches, and parachurch outreaches.
ABOUT THE BOOK
If you would like to read the first chapter of When The Morning Glory Blooms, go HERE.
Cynthia Ruchti first caught my eye with her debut novel "They Almost Always Come Home", and I became an instant fan! So when I learned that she was coming out with another book, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy, hoping this book would be as good as her first. I am glad to report that "When the Morning Glory Blooms" is every bit as good as her first book! The characters have been beautifully portrayed, and the author fully explores the depths of human emotions through their eyes. I greatly enjoyed meeting the three different women portrayed in the pages of this story, appreciating their perspectives on life and what we can learn by spending time in their presence. My favorite character was definitely the elderly Anna Carrington, who was called by God in the 1890's to establish a home for unwed mothers. I absolutely loved the scenes where the pastor couple comes alongside her in grace and in prayer to support this radical call God placed on her life. I honestly could have read an entire story just about Anna! God's grace is wonderfully portrayed in this story, and readers are sure to turn the last page with a greater appreciation for what God has done for each of us.
Ruchti has written a book filled with deep emotion and yet one that also thoroughly entertains as she moves from character to character throughout the book. If you enjoy a blend of contemporary and historical fiction, then this is definitely the book for you. I give this book a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
Link to buy book: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/142673543X