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When the Morning Glory Blooms

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Becky rocks a baby that rocked her world. Sixty years earlier, with her fiance Drew in the middle of the Korean Conflict, Ivy throws herself into her work at a nursing home to keep her sanity and provide for the child Drew doesn't know is coming. Ivy cares for Anna, an elderly patient who taxes Ivy's listening ear until the day she suspects Anna's tall tales are not the ...more
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Published April 1st 2013 by Abingdon Press
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Jun 05, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who needs a little hope to weather the storms
Recommended to Sarah by: the author
I am a tough sell when it comes to Christian fiction. When I was young and full of whimsical dreams about what the world looked like, I gobbled up Christian romance like it was going out of style.

Then I grew up and realized that life is not so cut and dried, fairy tales don’t always end happy ever after, and faith CAN’T explain away all the hurts and pains in this world. It CAN offer a balm for a wounded soul, hope that glows in the midst of the darkest nights, and love to cover a multitude of w
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
It's great when you open a novel and find not only one compelling story inside but three all woven together in different ways. In the novel, When the Morning Glory Blooms, author Cynthia Ruchti introduces the reader to three women in different time periods. We meet Becky Trundle in 2013 who is dealing with the unexpected pregnancy and birth of her grandson, Jackson. Her daughter Lauren is still in high school and finds a suitable arrangement with living at home, finishing school and having her ...more
Ane Mulligan
Feb 16, 2014 Ane Mulligan rated it it was amazing
Covering three women in three different eras, Cynthia Ruchti's When the Morning Glory Blooms will be on my Top Ten for 2013 list. I always look forward to her books, knowing I'll chuckle, I'll shed some tears, and I'll always get a great story. One of my all time favorite authors, Ruchti is at her best weaving together the lives of Becky, Ivy, and Anna in When the Morning Glory Blooms. Novel Rocket and I give it our highest recommendation.
Aug 01, 2013 Catherine rated it really liked it
Having enjoyed They Almost Always Come Home, I looked forward to reading another book by Cynthia Ruchti. I wasn't disappointed. At first I had a bit of trouble following the three different storylines, but as the book went on, this feeling went away because I became totally absorbed in each one. To be honest, I would have been happy with only Ivy and Anna's story. That was a book in and of itself. I didn't connect as much with Becky and Lauren, the characters in the present day sections. But ...more
Lisa Johnson
Apr 24, 2013 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing
Title: When the Morning Glory Blooms
Author: Cynthia Ruchti
Pages: 352
Year: 2013
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Collins English Dictionary 2009 defines discovery as “the act, process, or an instance of discovering”. Here is a word that describes discovery as something that entails participation on our part. Simply not moving might cause the act or process to be missed even in the smallest details of everyday living. As a reader, discovering is part of every book I am privileged to be able to open up. Th
Terri Gillespie
Nov 06, 2013 Terri Gillespie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
A Legacy of Hope

Author Cynthia Ruchti once again has given us a novel that is as unique as it is stunningly written. Like the delicate vines of the book’s title, The Morning Glory Blooms intertwines the stories of three very different women: Becky Trundle, Ivy Carrington, and Anna Grissom.

The novel spans like an epic with stories from the 1800s to today. Each story begins at pivotal, life-changing moments for the women.

The contemporary character, Becky is dealing with her new normal. She is now
May 27, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Cynthia Ruchti
Publisher: Abingdon Press
April 2013
ISBN: 978-1426735431
Genre: Women’s fiction

Becky rocks a baby that rocked her world.

Sixty years earlier, with her fiancé Drew in the middle of the Korean Conflict, Ivy throws herself into her work at a nursing home to keep her sanity and provide for the child Drew doesn't know is coming. Ivy cares for Anna, an elderly patient who taxes Ivy's listening ear until the day she suspects Anna's tall tales are
Mar 08, 2016 Melissa rated it it was amazing
This book made me cry so many times--in a good way. Very convicting story about three different women of varying time periods and their experiences with pregnancy out of wedlock.

Ruchti’s gorgeous novel follows three women in different eras, all dealing with pregnancy out of wedlock. The interrelated stories show that time may change some perceptions, but love and faith are needed to reach out to a hurting world. The writing is evocative and laced with heart.
Becky, Ivy and Anna are three women t
Cara Putman
Oct 01, 2014 Cara Putman rated it it was amazing
Cynthia is a gifted writer. She writes from deep places and that pulls me deep into the pages of her books. Her first, They Almost Always Come Home, was not an easy read because of the subject. Yet I couldn't put it down. When the Morning Glory Blooms is even better. Between the covers she weaves compelling stories about four women and how in different times they each deal with unplanned pregnancies. Grace stitches the story together while hope sings from its pages. This is a book to savor, weep ...more
Apr 22, 2013 Pamela rated it it was amazing
I have told everyone that they must read When The Morning Glory blooms because it is such a beautifully written story of real women in real situations. I loved the characters although I doubt I would have handled the modern day situation with as much grace as the main character did. I loved that Cynthia wove together three lives over more than a hundred years to tell one story. I found it uplifting and honest and beautiful and very real. I recommend it highly.
Jan 08, 2015 Kiersti rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful book--I love how Cynthia weaves together three different time periods and character storylines so skillfully with depth and grace. Moving and real yet hopeful. When the Morning Glory Blooms has definitely made me a Cynthia Ruchti fan. :)
Eva Marie Everson
Jun 17, 2014 Eva Marie Everson rated it it was amazing
A simple review: LOVED IT!
(And I'm picky...)

Della Raines
Nov 07, 2016 Della Raines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The tangled webs!

Consider that there are no coincidences. Where we are at any given time is where our choices lead us to. Prayer and Divine guidance lead the characters in this story to the places where they belonged.
Dec 03, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
Lovely story of three generations of women struggling with unintended pregnancies. I've already recommended this to a friend whose teenage daughter is dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Such sweet redemption and a reminder that love can help smooth over those hard places.
May 30, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
I love a novel that has interesting intertwining stories, and in When the Morning Glory Blooms, author Cynthia Ruchti weaves a poignant tale about three women set in three different eras that are bound together by their personal stories of unplanned pregnancies.

In 1890, Anna Grissom receives a calling to the ministry, and when she inherits an old house, she opens Morning Glory home for unwed mothers who are disowned by their families.

In 1951, Ivy Carrington finds out that she is pregnant and kee
Jul 04, 2013 Penny rated it it was amazing
When the Morning Glory Blooms by Cynthia Ruchti

Cynthia Ruchti weaves together the stories of women, across decades, who experience heartache, hope, and joy. In the 1890s, Anna steps out in faith to protect and nurture women no one else wants. Ivy makes a choice in the 1950s that will change her life forever. Move to 2012, Becky’s frustration with her daughter Lauren leads her down a path she never planned to travel. To complicate matters, she must find a way to show love to her friend Monica, wh
Aug 12, 2016 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the end I really liked this book. It just took me a while to get there. The problem is probably more with me than the book. For example, we follow two story lines that take place approximately fifty years apart between characters who have no apparent relationship. Now, maybe it’s the man-on-the-hunt mentality at work in me, but switching gears like that is as bad as driving stick shift with a stop sign at every corner while holding a milkshake in your lap. I knew the two lines had to ...more
Create With Joy
Have you ever had to face an unplanned pregnancy as an unmarried young woman – or support someone who has?

Imagine the fears, struggles, and challenges a young woman in that situation faces. Imagine the reactions and judgments the young woman must bear. Imagine the impact of the pregnancy not only on the young woman, but also on the families of those involved. Imagine the uncertainty that the young woman’s future now holds.

When The Morning Glory Blooms by Cynthia Ruchti is the beautifully woven,
Mary Hamilton
Apr 23, 2013 Mary Hamilton rated it it was amazing
Another great book from Cynthia Ruchti. This one tells the stories of three women, each from a different generation, who deal with the consequences of unplanned pregnancies. The reader gains wisdom and compassion through the life story of Anna who opens a home for unwed mothers in the 1890's.

My favorite part of the whole book is when Anna likens God's care for these young ladies who made unwise choices to His care for sparrows. At one point, a sparrow flies into the home through the open doors a
"The flowers - humble as they were - lent dignity to their ever more humble containers, and filled the house with the beauty my soul craved."

“When the Morning Glory Blooms” – an inspirational novel centering around unwed motherhood; the damning effects of denial, gossip, condescending blame, and the harboring of unforgivness versus the freeing effects of compassion, grace, and unconditional love; told through three different characters in varying circumstances and from three different eras. The
Cindy Huff
Jul 02, 2013 Cindy Huff rated it it was amazing
When Morning Glory Blooms is a fascinating story of three women from three different generations. Anna’s story takes place in the 1890’s, Ivy’s in the early 1950s during the Korean War. Becky’s tale begins in 2012.
The symbolic thread throughout the three stories is Morning Glory seeds. They represent hope and new beginnings.
Cynthia Ruchti captured the essence of each time periods response to her main theme-unwed mothers and their families. Anna opens a home for unwed mothers at a time when socie
Sharon Chance
May 22, 2013 Sharon Chance rated it it was amazing
I was absolutely charmed by "When The Morning Glory Blooms" from the very first chapter. This gentle story tells the tale of three women who are tied together by their shared experiences with unplanned pregnancies and how they each uniquely handle the situations they find themselves in.

This is my first time reading the work of author Cynthia Ruchti and I was impressed by her storytelling skills and the characters who populate her story in this novel. She takes her readers back and forth in tim
May 21, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing
I was drawn right into this story. I felt Cynthia Ruchti used lyrical and inviting wording that made me smile and sigh. She worded things so beautifully that I could understand the depth of the emotions being expressed. What a blessed story with the focus of adoption, foster care, loving those that society deems 'unlovely', just as Christ has done for all of us. I so enjoyed seeing how these stories of Becky, Ivy and Anna wove together, each with a need for love and forgiveness. There is raw ...more
Apr 18, 2013 Joy rated it it was amazing
Wow, I loved this book! Not only does it have a beautiful cover, it has a great storyline and the three main characters are wonderful. In 1890 Anna begins a home for unwed mothers. In 1951 Ivy is pregnant by her boyfriend who is fighting in the Korean War and has no idea she's expecting. Can you imagine the disgrace these women experienced?

Finally there's Becky, she's a grandma that is trying to help her teenage daughter be more responsible in caring for her baby. You can't help but love each on
Catherine Richmond
Elementary schools have a program to encourage pleasure reading called DEAR: Drop Everything And Read. And that's what you need to do. Find a copy of When the Morning Glory Blooms, drop everything, and read! Don't scan the back cover or admire the cover - you can do that later. Just dive in. Author Cynthia Ruchti has crafted an amazing story - no, make that three amazing stories, and intertwined them with incredible skill. The writing is beautiful. The characters come to life with only a line of ...more
Jul 16, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This books is beautiful. Sometimes contemporary Christian fiction--specifically when it's about a hard situation can be trite and pat. This book is none of those things. It is a lovely story full of beautiful words, word pictures, characters, stories and God.

I was surprised by it---the story wasn't tidy. In fact, I wish there was an epilogue!!
I was entertained by it--it's funny, heart-wrenching and heart-filling.
I was inspired by it--the pictures of hope and joy were so beautiful. Almost parable
Patricia Lee
Aug 02, 2014 Patricia Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The opening chapter put me off a bit, because I didn't know what I was getting into. But the lyrical writing and the clever crafting of the words kept me going. That's when the story took over. I was hooked and with each turn of the page I was drawn deeper and deeper into the crises each of these characters faced. I was sorry to see the book end because Becky, Ivy, and Anna carved special niches in my heart. What a great story.
May 18, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it
I generally avoid Christian fiction. I find often the stories are too simplistic or preachy and the writing can be formulaic-- family in turmoil, insert scripture here= happily ever after.
However, I truly loved this novel. Ruchti has carefully crafted each character to be as real as your next door neighbor. She aptly weaves the stories of 3 women together, capturing the era in which each of them dwell and paints a beautiful picture of motherhood, grace and hope.
A wonderful read.
Rose Frase
Jul 16, 2013 Rose Frase rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I thought I wouldn't be able to read this book. I'm living a similar scenario to Becky's situation, and the author nailed many of the emotions my husband & I experience. She also accurately conveys the emotions of the young mothers in their situations. However, I soon became enmeshed in the characters' lives. My one complaint is that I wished the author had continued the story of Ivy & Anna a little longer--I wasn't ready to let them go.
Lou Alice
Ms Ruchti wrote a wonderfully insightful novel featuring women from three different generations, tied together through one senior adult who gives her story to a young woman working in the nursing home where she lives. The way their lives come together is inspirational and uplifting. Also, the accomplishments of the lady who told her story about establishing a home for unwed mothers in the last century is phenomenal.
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Drawing from 33 years of on-air radio ministry, Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels and novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals, and speaking for women's and writers' events. Her books have been recognized by Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards, Selah Awards, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, Christian Retailing's BEST Awards, and Carol Award ...more
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