cover image All My Belongings

All My Belongings

Cynthia Ruchti. Abingdon, $14.99 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-4267-4972-8

In this stark, uplifting journey through the world of caregiving, Ruchti (When the Morning Glory Blooms) invites readers to a deeper examination of self and personal relationships. Becca Morrow, aka “Jayne Dennagee,” is a young woman whose dreams of becoming a nurse are overshadowed by a traumatic past. Traveling halfway across the country under a new identity to escape the infamy of her family history, she settles in to a position as a companion to an elderly Alzheimer’s patient, mother to successful young businessman Isaac Hughes to whom she is attracted. When her past catches up with them, however, Becca and Isaac must turn to each other for understanding and strength in the face of overwhelming grief. The often painful, rewarding role of a caregiver is examined and exquisitely detailed, balancing a beautifully written, engaging romance with a message of poise and grace in the face of adversity. Agent: Wendy Lawton, Books & Such Literary Agency. (May)