• When the Morning Glory Blooms

  • By: Cynthia Ruchti
  • Narrated by: Melinda Sward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (676 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 not the ramblings of dementia. They're fragments of Anna's disjointed memories of a remarkable life. Finding a faint thread of hope she can't resist tugging, Ivy records Anna's memoir, scribbling furiously after hours to keep up with the woman's emotion-packed, grace-hemmed stories. Is Ivy's answer buried in Anna's past? Becky, Ivy, Anna - three women fight a tangled vine of deception in search of the blossoming simplicity of truth.

©2013 Cynthia Ruchti (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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From 1890 to Now God’s Mercy Abounds

This story of three different women, all from different eras, yet entwined together in ways that only the Lord can do, is one that will stay with me for a long time. At first the book is all about Becky Trundle, sacrificing her career to care for her grandchild, while her daughter, Lauren finishes high school. Frustrated and burdened, and then hit with the hardship of her husband losing his job, the family faces what many families go through when a teenager gets pregnant. Becky’s friendship with Monica, who seemingly “had it all” . . . the perfect home, husband and daughter . . . was eye opening, too. And served as a reminder that things are seldom what they seem. The oldest woman in the story was Anna, who in 1890 inherited a home from her deceased aunt, Anna dreamed of having a home for unwed mothers. She met with overwhelming resistance, a sign of the times; but with the help of a few faithful parishioners, a pastor and his wife and a sweet old man named Puff, she persevered. Her story only came to light though when she was a very old woman in the nursing home, when another unwed mother, Ivy, whose beau had left to fight in the Korean War, was doing her best to hide her pregnancy. Urging Ivy to record her story, Anna began to tell Ivy about “her girls”. Weaving the threads of the three women’s lives together in a seamless fashion, the author portrays the loving kindness and plans that God has for us all . . . yesterday, today and tomorrow. It is never a straight or easy path, but so worth staying the course.

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One of my all time favorite books

This story touches my heart inspires me to want to love those around me—especially those that society turns their faces away from. This was the first triple time hop novel I remember reading and I was enthralled by how Cynthia pulls it all together.
I enjoyed Melinda’s reading and interpretation of the story very much.

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Beautiful story, narrator may consider buying a dictionary

The layering of 3 stories taking place in different generations is beautiful and captivating. The narrator has a lovely voice, but I can hardly believe someone who makes a living narrating books has such a shockingly poor vocabulary. Word pronunciations are absolutely slaughtered throughout the book. It is difficult to remain engaged in the story while your own thoughts of incredulous disbelief keep slapping you in the face as you are assaulted repeatedly with mispronounced words! I had to keep rewinding because I would miss a paragraph while marveling at how anyone who is even a moderately proficient speaker of English as a first language could butcher the language so thoroughly! (Let alone someone who uses language as their vocation!) Very unfortunate for this worthy story to be lessened by such lazy narration.

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very good, quality writing. appreciably clean

slow start which could have been my attention. it became quite interesting. three levels of lives on three different time planes, it was just so very good. no swearing vulgarities of action or speech. finally a book not filled with garbage actions or speech but unappreciable quality of ones realizing their limitations on their own. very much enjoyed.

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Great book

I enjoyed the whole story! Great how it covered 3 era’s and clean language!! Well read!!

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Truly Wonderful Gift

Thank you to the author 😍
Three beautiful stories rolled into one!
A treat for my ears and heart😍

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Mainly a story of unmarried pregnant women.

That is the foundation of this book. Sad most of the time, but good ending. Good narration and voices.

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When the Morning Glory Blooms

This is a great book! With a fantastic story line. I would recommend this book to my family and friends.

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Thankful

Several times I had to quit listening to this book because the Holy Spirit was speaking to me about unforgiveness & extending Grace. A couple other times I had a good cry due to how I could relate to being taken advantage of as a young girl & cheated out of a wonderful love story. My trust in men is slim to none but by Gods Grace I’m a survivor.

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I wasn't sure at first

I wasn't sure it was going to keep my interest, but stick with it through the foundation of the two-story lines as they weave together. Good character development and not your typical light read