I belong to a book club called Book Bub that offers me free or very reduced books every day. These kinds of offers are controversial I know because some writers feel all authors should be paid for all their work since it is, well work…hard work…to produce a book.
I feel it is a good way for a reader to sample a writer’s work. I realize many books offer a sample of, say, the first chapter, before you buy it, and I take advantage of these offers too. But often a first chapter is not enough to tell me what kind of books an author writes. For instance I’ve bought a book only to find that the next two chapters were weighed down and slowed almost to a stop in the action by a lot of back story, or suddenly introducing a lot of secondary characters and their subplots, etc, which is not to my taste It takes a whole book to really get to know an author’s work.
Through Book Bub I find and try many new authors I would not otherwise try, and then I often go on to buy more regular priced books by those authors.
One such author I recently discovered was Cynthia Ruchti and the book, while not a new book, was new to me. All My Belongings while not recently released, is certainly not “old” news. It copyrighted in 2014.
The story is about Jayne/Becca, a star witness in the trial that sent her father to jail for performing many “mercy-killings” Dr Krevorkian-style. This sucks Jayne into a huge scandal and so she legally changes her name to Becca and moves away…far away. She reinvents herself and her life. But she is at a disadvantage in that she can’t use her social insurance number or any credit cards since her father has contacts who are looking for her. She is also deeply shamed by her father’s actions and well aware that people will assume “like-father-like-daughter.”
Jayne’s friend has a nephew who needs help with his aging mother. So Jayne leaves her old life, and all her belongings, behind.
Isaac only knows Jayne as Becca, and he is strongly attracted to her. But Becca has trouble keeping her back story straight, and she finds guilt and shame are hard to slough off.
Isaac has issues of his own; his own questions about belonging.
Isaac and Becca begin to find love and belonging with each other and there is hope for a good future…only to have it shattered when Isaac’s mother dies and Becca is suspect number one. How will Becca prove her innocence? And is there any hope for Becca and Isaac to find love and belonging in a harsh world?
Cynthia Ruchti has a lyrical prose style that I like and a dry wit that often takes the reader by surprise.
This is an inspirational story with a surprise ending and a message of hope. I enjoyed this story very much and I really like Cynthia’s author voice, her almost poetic prose.
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