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All My Belongings

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  237 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Jayne Dennagee has spent her life running from the doctor death legacy of her father. His Kervorkian-copycat methods of euthanasia ruined her childhood, covering it in shame. She won t let him steal her future, too. After changing her name to Becka, she assumes a new life and new job caring for the ailing mother of a handsome young businessman, Isaac Hughes. Becka struggle ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Abingdon Press
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Andrea Cox
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
By Andrea Renee Cox

What happens when your troublesome past mashes down the replay button?

That’s the question looming before Jayne Dennagee in Cynthia Ruchti’s All My Belongings. Once her father’s reputation bars her pursuit of a nursing career, Jayne changes her name and moves halfway across the country in an attempt to start fresh. But when her past comes tripping after her, will the footing she’s gained with her new friends be ripped apart and leave her wondering yet again if she’ll ever belon
Mary Kenyon
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great to be a library Director. I ordered this book and was the first to snatch it off the shelf when it was ready to be put out. Sat down on my couch tonight and didn't stop reading until I was finished; it was that good! Cynthia is one of my new favorite writers. I loved some of her other books but this one is amazing! The best thing? I have something wonderful to recommend to my patrons who bring back some other books unread because of the language or theme. I'm ordering all of Cynthia's book ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
The character growth of Jayne/Becca was rewarding and Isaac and Geneva were both lovely secondary characters. The story line itself though grasped me in some parts and not others. Cynthia Ruchti is a talented author and I look forward to reading other novels she has written.

My gratitude to Jamie and her former blog for a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Sometimes all we want is to escape from our pasts. Not necessarily because of something we have done that we are trying to forget but often times something our parents have done, allow that kind of connection to follow us based on the fact we are their children. When Jayne Dennagee turned her father in for killing her mother, she hoped she was doing the right thing. After her mother was diagnosed with ALS, her father believed he was helping her along by putting her out of her misery of suffering ...more
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All My Belongings deals with the gray areas in life and the hard issues that don't always have an easy answer. It also gives a message of hope and healing--not the loose-ends-all-tied-up kind, but the 'I can trust in the Sovereign and Saving God even when I don't have all the answers' kind.

Once again, Cynthia Ruchti has written a powerful story of grace and redemption that doesn't shy away from raw, real life. A young woman who's grown up with an emotionally absent father and a dying mother is d
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Longings trump belongings any day."

Becca Marrow didn't have much in the way of belongings but even worse was her feeling of NOT belonging. When her mother became sick from a soul-stripping and terminal illness called ALS, not only did it eventually take her mother's life but it also took Becca's childhood as she knew it. Just when Becca didn't think her life could get any worse, one life-altering act has her hiding from the past that threatens to destroy her. Eventually Becca learns that no amo
Barbara Shelton
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excitement bubbled within me when I chose Cynthia Ruchti’s newest publication, “All My Belongings” to read. One of first books I won in a giveaway and read on my new Kindle in 2010 was Ms. Ruchti’s debut novel “They Almost Always Come Home.” It was apparent to me then that Cynthia Ruchti was chock-full of the genuine writer’s spirit

This story is an exceptionally uncommon plot and especially imaginative in detail. The subject matter was a total surprise …..unexpected as so rarely considered a wri
A word artisan of beauty, wit and wisdom, Ms Ruchti uses a light touch in developing thoughtful responses to deep topics of belonging, dementia related caregiving, child neglect, and euthenasia.

Rich layering of story and concepts create a story that emotionally engages readers with characters.

Jayne must change her name to escape the staining of her father's murder charges on her own reputation. Her dearest friend, Geneva, assists her in the requisite subterfuge to escape the media attention that
Lindsey Silvestrini
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was not at all what I expected and I love when I can say that about a book! All my Belongings was not the predictable love story that I thought it would be but is indeed a sweet romance with a side of mystery.

The story took on a personal note for me when I realized that Jayna, AKA Becca Morrow, was caring for a woman with Alzeheimer's disease. We recently put my dad in a home for Dementia and Alzheimer's patients so I definitely have a soft spot for anything dealing with that subject.

Meghan Carver
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Becca Morrow changes her name, invents a new identity, and moves hundreds of miles away to find a place to belong, a place where her family history doesn’t determine who she is. She becomes a caregiver for an elderly woman, a position at which warm and loving Becca excels.
But when she believes that she has finally escaped a reputation based on other's actions and attitudes and beliefs, it all comes crashing down. Is she guilty because of an association she didn't want in the first place? She was
Hally Franz
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
God's plans are always the best ones! Cynthia Ruchti demonstrates that truth beautifully in her book, "All My Belongings." Jayne (Becca) has endured personal losses and embarrassment, and she feels broken and looks only for an escape from her past. She doesn't expect great things from life, but instead would be happy to find simple peace of mind and an opportunity to do the work she enjoys. So, she moves and begins her life again in a new part of the country with a family she knows only through ...more
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this novel. The dilemma of Jayne is made very real. What do you do when your father is in prison because of the mercy killing - of your mother? And you were the one who called the police?
Would you change your name and jump when offered a job across country? Jayne, now Becca, does but her past catches up to her.
Ruchti has done a great job creating a novel dealing with issues current today, including adoption. She has added humor in the dialog and that helps when reading a
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Once upon a time, a very long time ago, I was a member of Ms. Ruchti's critique group. I remember the beginnings of this story. In its rough form. Ms. Ruchti, way back when, was a talented author. She is even more so now, as this story has an engaging opening, helping us to care more about where Becca -- Jayne -- was coming from than the original version.

A romance, ALL MY BELONGINGS deals with issues. And in a way, it was kind of depressing at times. Weighty. I applaud Geneva for her belief and
Clarice James
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All My Belongings was the 4th (or 5th?) novel I've read by Cynthia Ruchti. I'm pleased to report she did not disappoint me--but then I didn't expect her to. The author has a gift for creating complex characters, then placing them in complex situations. She doesn't shy away from controversial issues, but builds her stories around them. In this story, it’s mercy killing. Sometimes, authors are so afraid they’ll create stereotypical characters that the ones they do create come across as fake. Not s ...more
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you have not yet read Cynthia's novels, start with All My Belongings. This real story of forgiveness and healing doesn't sugarcoat life. I like that. Things don't always turn out right in our lives and stories that paint unrealistic depictions don't help necessarily. Now, you will like these characters and you will root for them, but you will understand the struggles they go through to come out on the other side. A solid good read I have recommended. In fact I have no idea where my book is!!! ...more
Heidi Gaul
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This novel changed the way I look at life—and death. Cynthia Ruchti boldly covers some very rough ground, touching on sympathy killings versus murder, familial betrayal, homelessness and hopelessness. I learned alongside Becca through her struggles toward a new life, and when she stretched her hopes to claim romantic love, God-love and finally, self-love, I cried. This book is a must-read.
Ane Mulligan
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's another Ruchti home run! Becca's emotions are so spot-on. The hope revealed and the restoration of faith will have you reaching for a tissue. Thats' what I love about Cynthia Ruchti's books. You'll chuckle and cry but you won't stop turning pages. You can't get any better than that!
Crete Public Library District
Jun 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
I didn't like this book at all. It was one that I just grabbed off the shelf because it sounded interesting and I needed a new book to read. What a disappointment. The cliches just killed it. It was all I could do to get through the whole thing. Don't waste your time.
Rita Kroon
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jayne Dennagee fights to overcome her father's "doctor death" legacy. His Kervorkian-style of euthanasia ruined her childhood, covering it in shame. He stole her childhood; she won't let him steal her future, too. She sums up her childhood with the comment, "Sometimes parents give you away, but they make you stay." After changing her name to Becca Morrow, she assumes a new life and a job caring for the ailing mother of a handsome young businessman, Isaac Hughes. But, will changing her name and t ...more
Kimberly Harms
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book I've read by Ruchti, and of the three it's my favorite story. She does an excellent job with a tough topic. The story flowed well, and the characters were believable. The only "complaint" I have is that some of her metaphors were a bit long. They were unique and descriptive, but more than once they broke up my flow because I stopped reading to think through the metaphor.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book twice and loved it both times. Cynthia has a way of digging deep into the heart and making you feel better for it. She understands the depths of pain and joy and has a beautiful way of expressing it. I love her books and have read almost all of them.
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a newly discovered author for me. Jayne/Becka is an interesting character. She has to deal with an infamous father. However I like how in the book she's able to create her own identity and still show compassion.
Angela Sackett
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yes, and yes. Achingly real, and an insight into grace-filled-care for suffering people, despite personal risk. This one challenged me deeply and personally and has left me determined to be more a woman of courage and mercy.
Martha Brangenberg
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anything by Cynthia is on the top of my list! Loved this book!!!!
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: default
This is the first time I have read anything by this author, and I thoroughly enjoyed her book. I will definitely look for more books by her.
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All My Belongings by Cynthia Ruchti covers some of the most interesting aspects of life. Running away from one's past, earning trust, giving forgiveness and understanding love in a new light. Don't judge this book by it's cover, it'll have you on the edge of your seat. It's a perfect story of "hope that glows in the dark." If you haven't started your summer reading start it off with this book.

My Thoughts

Holy guacamole (if you read the book you will get this reference) did I love this book. Seri
Brooke Barenfanger
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read this book mainly because of the lovely cover. However, that is not the only merit it possesses. I was pleasantly surprised by All My Belongings. The book revolved around the evil of euthanasia. However, it wasn’t a heavy read because the subject was offset by the author’s fresh, humorous writing style. Cynthia Ruchti did an excellent job of not only telling how wrong “mercy killing” is but showing it as well. I really enjoyed her writing style, which could be quirky and witty at ...more
Jalynn Patterson
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Jayne Dennagee has spent her life running from the doctor death legacy of her father. His Kervorkian-copycat methods of euthanasia ruined her childhood, covering it in shame. She won t let him steal her future, too. After changing her name to Becka, she assumes a new life and new job caring for the ailing mother of a handsome young businessman, Isaac Hughes. Becka struggles to sort out her feelings for her new boss just as her patient passes away under unusual circumstances. Sudde
Jayne Denneagee, daughter of the latest Doctor (pharmacist?) Death, changes her name and moves to California in an effort to escape her Father’s notoriety. As Becca Morrow, she gets a job caring for Aurelia Hughes, an old lady suffering from Alzheimers, which brings her on constant contact with Aurelia’s son, Isaac. Isaac likes Becca, but finds her hard to get to know—she’s very private, although he does find out she’s lost both her parents.

The problem is that Jayne/Becca isn’t a good liar, a pe
Kathleen E.
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sunday, May 25, 2014
All My Belongings by Cynthia Ruchti, © 2014

Hope delayed makes the heart sick;
longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
––Proverbs 13:12

~*~ be-longing ~*~
I love looking at words within words!
The last sentence of the author's Acknowledgments ~ I am forever Yours, my Belonging Place, the Source of all my longing.

How do you live in the shadow of what someone else has done? Treated as if you have a contagious disease? Discomfort for others? Offered a fresh start, Jayne takes it. Her fat
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Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed-in-Hope through her novels and novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals, and through speaking for women's and writers' events. Her books have been recognized by many top industry readers', reviewers', library, retailer, and other honors. Cynthia is the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and a literary agent with Books ...more