With all my different assignments, including editorial reviews, I don’t get much time to read for pleasure. So, when I do, I really want it to be a great book. It All Comes Back to You, is one such book, and I’m so glad I found it. This book has given me serious writer’s envy! I know it is wrong to covet… but Lord, I wish I could write like this! Delightful from cover to cover, I just couldn’t put it down. 5 stars from me.
This is a story about two women. Ronnie’s story is in the present, and Violet’s story is in the past. Ronnie is a nurse in one of ‘God’s waiting rooms’ otherwise known as Fairfield’s assisted living facility. When vibrant Violet arrives at Fairfield’s, Ronnie’s life is changed. Beginning to love with each other as mother and daughter, the two open up and share their life experiences. Nearing her end, Violet pushes Ronnie to become a writer with the subtlety of a tsunami.
Homecoming queen at seventeen and Fairfield’s Fairest at seventy-seven, Violet’s story needed to be told. Vivacious, bubbly, kind, caring and resolute to enjoy each day, no one would have guessed at the sorrow that tormented a large part of her life. Some people would have caved at the loss and the ‘unlucky in love’ mantle that had plagued Violet, but she rose above it all, like a flower determined to blossom. Her story is moving.
Ronnie is the opposite to Violet, she’s frumpy, quiet and shy, and Violet is resolved to help Ronnie see how beautiful she is, inside and out.
Lots of the issues in the story are tremendously sad and moving, and yet every page has a beautiful lightness sprinkled throughout, which caused me to smile time and time again. There’s a definite art to storytelling and Beth Duke has it. There is a cleverly woven secret, hinted at but not disclosed until the very end, yet we are masterfully drawn along each step of the way, discovering the past as Ronnie begins to write about Violet’s life.
Both Ronnie’s and Violet’s lives are intricate and messy, but punctuated with love and laughter and the hope of a happy ending. I thoroughly recommend this book, I loved it!
Unfortunately, the kindle price is $8.99/£6.88, however, you can read it for free if you have Kindle Unlimited. 4,646 reviews on Amazon US at time of posting, with a 4.4 rating.
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