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Cynthia Ruchti

Cynthia Ruchti

Cynthia Ruchti is the award-winning author of 15 books to date. She tells stories hemmed in hope through her novels, novellas, devotions, nonfiction, and through speaking events for women or writers. Cynthia serves as the professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin.
Cynthia Rutchi: Through the Years

Cynthia Rutchi: Through the Years

(June 2013)
Deidra Romero
Three women in three very different eras share one very similar experience.

The stories of the three leading ladies in Cynthia Rutchi’s When the Morning Glory Blooms (Abingdon Press) take place in three different years—2012, 1951 and 1890. Cynthia uses the three narratives of her characters to tell a vivid and heart-wrenching story of love, loss and hope. “I knew I was taking a risk weaving three eras together from three viewpoint characters,” she says. “If my mom were still alive, she’d shake her finger at me and say, ‘Now, you know those kinds of stories drive me crazy!’ I tried not writing When the Morning Glory Blooms that way. It insisted.”

In 1890, Anna rehabilitates an inherited mansion to give unwed mothers a safe haven. Ivy, in 1951, finds herself unexpectedly pregnant while her fiancé is deported during the Korean Conflict. Becky, in 2012, quits her job as a top magazine editor to raise the grandson of her teenage daughter. All three stories share a theme of unexpected pregnancy. “The news that a baby is on its way can either thrill or devastate, or both. The details of the stories may be different, but whether in a prim Victorian setting or a send-her-off-to-live-with-Aunt- Brenda 1950s or today’s high school graduation gowns with room for a baby bump, the path the heart takes is remarkably similar.”

Cynthia says there is much to learn from the past: “We’re intertwined with choices made in the past. We’re linked heart-to-heart with women who bore and lost babies hundreds of years ago. Pain and emotional trauma may change shape from century to century, but the common threads of longing and hope are undeniable.”


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