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 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 precious 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.
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What do you do when your father is convicted of a horrendous crime that involves the taking of lives? Can you hope to continue at nursing school? After all, your last name stands out just enough to make people think of HIM when they hear it. Perhaps if you change your name – legally, of course – you’ll have a chance of starting over in a new town where no one will recognize you. When your former mentor trusts you enough to look after her ailing sister, perhaps there’s hope after all.
Frustratingly, the back cover copy gives away a major plot point. Consequently, I was waiting for the event to happen which possibly took away some of its dramatic impact. What was interesting was how the various characters reacted to the situation and the subsequent revelation about Becca’s previous life. Would you believe in Becca’s innocence, or would you consider her guilty until proven innocent? Becca had come to the conclusion that she didn’t deserve anything good in her life, and that her latest trouble was because she had dared to think she did. I had a problem in accepting WHY she felt that way. I don’t want to give anything away, but it did seem she was more guilt-stricken over something she’d done rather than anything her father did.
All My Belongings is a beautiful story of love, forgiveness, trust, and having a sense of home. Are we our parents’ children, following in their immediate footsteps? Or are we individuals capable of stepping out from their shadow and going our own way? Do our personalities depend on nature or nurture? Does it matter if we are connected to our parents through blood or not? The final scenes were particularly poignant, but they left me with mixed emotions as I wrestled with the ideas of love versus justice.
I’d not read anything by Ruchti before, although I confess to having another of her books in my to-read file on my Kindle. If she’s new to you as well, I heartily recommend All My Belongings as an introduction.
Thank you to Abingdon Press and Litfuse for my complimentary copy of All My Belongings, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
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Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 06 May 2014
Page Count: 320