Sunday, April 21, 2013

When The Morning Glory Blooms-Cynthia Ruchti

When The Morning Glory Blooms

Cynthia Ruchti

Abingdon, Apr 1 2013, $14.99


ISBN: 9781426735431

In 2013, unmarried high school student Lauren Trundle gives birth to a son Jackson. Still living at home, her mom Becky takes care of her grandson though she fears she is not doing mother and child a favor by stepping in.

In 1951 unmarried Ivy Carrington fails to inform her boyfriend, Drew Lambert that she carrying his child as he deploys to Korea. She fears informing him may distract him while in combat. Ivy meets elderly Anna Grissom at the nursing home where the former works and the latter lives. Anna persuades Ivy to write down her memories before her mind goes. Initially she assumes her patient’s senility leads to Anna’s discourse, but soon Ivy becomes convinced the tales about six-decade old Morning Glory home for unwed mothers existed that her patient created over family objections back in 1890 is real.

Whether it is 1890, 1951 or 2013, unmarried pregnant women are judged lacking in morals; while the male is just being a man. The prime characters come across as real as each has tsuris while raising a baby without a father and not all of their issues resolved. Comparing society’s mores in three eras, decades apart, readers will appreciate Cynthia Ruchti deep look at having and raising a baby without the dad

Harriet Klausner

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