Book Review: All My Belongings

3 Jun

749728A new life and a new identity can’t protect Becca from a past that refuses to go away.

After spending years running from the shame her father put on her family, Jayne is determined not to let him steal her future in the same way he stole her childhood. Changing her name to Becca Morrow, she moves to California and settles into a new life and new job caring for ailing mother of handsome young businessman, Isaac Hughes.

But just as she’s wondering if she and Isaac are headed for a relationship, Becca’s patient passes away under unusual circumstances. Suddenly, her past catches up with her and the unnerving details of her heritage threaten to destroy all sense of home and all hope for love.

Even if she could clear her name, a phone call wraps a suffocating shroud around her heart. Her estranged father needs her help. But can Becca open her new life to the man who ruined her past?



CRuchti-145Cynthia Ruchti has more than three decades of radio broadcast experience with “Heartbeat of the Home” radio and currently serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers. Find Cynthia on the Web at


My Impressions:

I had the chance to talk to Cynthia Ruchti when her first novel, They Almost Always Come Home, debuted. She was my very first interview and was such a joy to speak with. (Read my review/interview HERE.) So I was more than a little excited to read her newest novel, All My Belongings. Filled with great characters and insights that will keep you thinking long after you close the cover, All My Belongings is one I will not hesitate to recommend.

Jayne Denegee has a name that no one will forget. Her father has just been sentenced for the murder of her mother and is facing other charges based on other mercy killings. Feeling like she will always be judged for her father’s sins, Jayne changes her name to Becca Morrow and travels across the country to escape the identity that haunts her. On the recommendation of her dear friend she takes a job caring for the seriously ill mother of real estate agent Isaac. Their relationship quickly changes from employee/employer to something much deeper. But soon the foundation that is built on lies crumbles under the reality of Jayne’s past.

All My Belongings is a story of new beginnings, second chances and search for identity. Both Jayne/Becca and Isaac are looking for who they are apart from their family. But Becca is trying to escape her past, while Isaac is searching for who he really is outside of his adoptive family. There is also the very powerful message of the value of a life lived to the very end. In describing her father, Becca states that “he didn’t understand the value of letting God decide the length of our days”. Ruchti did a great job of portraying the sacredness of life even amidst the suffering that many face. She articulated a truth that is hard to express and even harder to live out.

All My Belongings has a lot going for it. Ruchti’s writing style is fresh and flows across the page. It is at once a romance, a suspense-filled mystery and a thoughtful exploration of life and death in the hands of God. And it has characters you will come to love. Perfect for a book club discussion, I highly recommend it.

Highly Recommended.

Great For Book Clubs.

For more reviews, click HERE.

(Thanks to Abingdon and LitFuse for my review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

To purchase this book, click on the image below.


Cynthia is celebrating the release of her latest novel with a fun giveaway and a live webcast event!


One winner will receive:
A $200 Visa cash card
All My Belongings by Cynthia Ruchti
The giveaway ends on June 11th. Winner will be announced at the All My Belongings LIVE webcast event on June 11th.

Connect with Cynthia for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Cynthia will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books, fun prizes, and gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of All My Belongings and join Cynthia and friends on the evening of June 11th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


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