All My Belongings by Cynthia Ruchti | Giveaway, Live Webcast Event, and Blog Tour

Cynthia Ruchti asks what it takes to overcome your past and become who you were meant to be in her latest novel, All My Belongings. Cynthia has woven a heart-wrenching tale of forgiveness, grace, and learning what it means to truly belong.

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

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, 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!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!


{More about All My Belongings}

All My Belongings

A 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?


Purchase a copy and learn more at Cynthia’s website.

Cynthia Ruchti

{More About Cynthia Ruchti}

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope. She’s the award-winning author of 17 books and a frequent speaker for women’s ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin.

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What does it take to overcome your past and become who you were meant to be?

Cynthia Ruchti weaves a heart-wrenching tale of forgiveness, grace and learning what it means to truly belong

Seattle: Some people are raised by doting parents in a loving home where they have a safe place to grow, to belong. Others come from homes broken by an absentee parent, hurtful words, regrets, promises not kept or a myriad of other sins. In All My Belongings (Abingdon Press/May 6, 2014/ISBN: 978-1426749728/$14.99), author Cynthia Ruchti tells the story of a young woman who feels out of place within her own family and must learn to live in the shadow of guilt and shame that haunts her as a result of her father’s crimes. A new life and a new identity can’t free her from a past that refuses to go away.

Even as a little girl, Jayne Dennagee felt disconnected from her parents. When her mother was diagnosed with ALS, Jayne put her own dreams on hold to give her mother a level of care her mother could never give her. As medical bills force the family into continual downsizing and her mother’s illness becomes her father’s sole obsession, Jayne is forced to grow up too quickly.

When Jayne’s father takes matters into his own hands after his wife’s suffering escalates, Jayne makes the only decision she can live with: She turns him in to the authorities. She soon finds herself running from her father’s “doctor death” reputation, determined not to let his deeds steal her future. She legally changes her name from the recognizable and shame-tainted Jayne Dennagee to a more hopeful Becca Morrow, and with the aid of her one remaining friend and mentor, she accepts a new job hundreds of miles away, caring for the elderly, ailing mother of young businessman Isaac Hughes.

Settling into her new life, Becca adapts easily to caregiving for someone who is grateful for every kindness, someone through whom a latent faith is coaxed back to life. Her heart is drawn to Isaac — an honorable man who not only notices but appreciates her. But when Isaac’s mother passes away under unusual circumstances, Becca’s past resurfaces. The unnerving details of her family history point to Becca as a murder suspect. All sense of home and all hope for love she has so desperately longed for vanish. Even if she can clear her name, what will be left of her heart?

Then a phone call from prison shakes her to the core. The man she has been running from reaches out to her for help, asking for more than he himself ever provided. Can Becca forgive her father and pay the high price of inviting him back into her life, or will his legacy make it impossible to open her heart at all? She has spent so much effort running from her broken home, searching for a better place to belong. Can it be that her forgiveness and God’s grace can make her broken home the birthplace of what she’s needed all along?

“Throughout the years I’ve listened to the heartbreaking stories of others who were abandoned, ignored or neglected, and whose parents acted as if they had no children even though they did,” explains Ruchti.  “Sometimes as we gain from what we survive, we discover what we were seeking was ours all along. Our life strips away the distractions so we see the One who created a belonging place for us that can’t be taken away by how we feel or what happens to us or where we came from.”

Ultimately, Ruchti hopes readers will discover that forgiving and loving when it’s most difficult can lead to the most tender memories; that even through the ugliness of dying, the end of life dances with its own beauty; and that finding where we belong is often less about a place or a reputable family history and more about a faith that forms the foundation of all other belonging.

Join Cynthia Ruchti for a webcast on June 3 at 8:00 PM EDT. Readers will be able to discuss the book, answer and ask questions and win prizes. Watch the Cynthia Ruchti Reader Page on Facebook for details.  

Advance Praise

“I was blown away by the beautiful style of Cynthia Ruchti’s novel, All My Belongings. Her story was warm, tear-jerking, and beautiful with healing.”

~ Hannah Alexander, author of Hallowed Halls

“I loved the plot of this book. The main character is a woman we all could identify with her and yet her courage and faith are inspirations. Of course, everyone loves a romance and the way the author brings it about is done with such taste and thoughtfulness. I was on the edge of my seat as one thing after another happens but the ending of the story as well as how God is there for us will warm your heart.”

~ Lane P. Jordan, best-selling author of 12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman

“There are a lot of good writers on the planet today, but few great ones. Ruchti qualifies as one of the latter. As she skillfully pens a tale of a young woman fighting to overcome her father’s legacy, Ruchti keeps readers on the edge of their seats even as we are challenged to consider our own faith and courage in the face of overwhelming odds.”

~ Kathi Macias, author of more than 40 books, including The Singing Quilt

“Ruchti’s characters in All My Belongings face real problems that have no easy solutions. They struggle with trust, they wrestle with forgiveness. This story captured my attention and held it to the end when the main character at last discovers where she truly belongs.”

~ Emily Parke Chase, author of Standing Tall After Falling Short

“Loved the romance and the mystery and the beauty of God’s grace and love that over-arched the story. I took care of my mom in the months before she died. I needed what I was feeling then put into words and Cynthia did it so beautifully.”

~ Deb Ogle Haggerty, life coach, author, and speaker

“Loved it. Loved. It. Wonderful characters. Creative story line. Get yourself comfortable because it’s a read-at-one-sitting book. Highly recommended.”

~ Gayle Roper, author of Lost and Found; An Unlikely Match 

“Where do you turn when changing your name isn’t enough? When putting hundreds of miles between you and your family of origin doesn’t distance you from the shame? With achingly real characters facing crises of conscience that challenge even those solid in their convictions, Cynthia Ruchti creates a story of faith, forgiveness, and families who are sometimes called to reinvent themselves to survive. You will not get through this book without some fraying of your heart…but it will be tenderly mended by the final page.”

~ Becky Melby, author of the Lost Sanctuary series

About the Author

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels and novellas, nonfiction projects, speaking events and a history of 33 years of on-air storytelling through The Heartbeat of the Home radio broadcast.

Her books have been recognized by Retailers’ Choice, RT Reviewers’ Choice, Family Fiction Readers’ Choice, ACFW’s Carol Award nomination, and other honors. All My Belongings is her eighth release (including three non-fiction books). Ruchti has also written articles for numerous magazines and industry publications and currently serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers.

Ruchti lives in Wisconsin where she spends her days diving into words, worship and wonder. It is her delight to serve on her church’s worship team and creative arts team. One of her greatest joys is helping other writers grow in their craft. Cynthia and her husband have been married for 40-plus years and have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Learn more about Cynthia Ruchti and her books at Readers can also become a fan on Facebook (cynthiaruchtireaderpage) or follow her on Twitter (@cynthiaruchti). 

Suggested Interview Questions

— Your books — both fiction and non-fiction — tend to have a strong personal tie to them. What from your own personal experiences do you bring to All My Belongings?

— The lead character, Becca, struggles with feeling like she’s never really belonged anywhere. Isn’t that something we all deal with at some time or another?

— Is there anything that makes Becca’s situation different than most?

— Have you ever had to separate yourself from a family member or friend because of something that happened in the past?

— There are a number of ways you could have written about a young woman trying to escape the sins of her father. What made you choose the crime of euthanasia?

— For most Christians euthanasia is a very black-and-white issue. Do you personally feel there is ever an area of grey?

— Not only did Becca feel guilt by association due to her father’s actions, but she also bore the guilt of reporting his crimes to authorities. What are some ways we can deal with the various kinds of guilt we bear in our lives?

— All My Belongings addresses caregiving and the responsibility of spouses and children. Do you believe caregiving is something inherent or something we learn? Does how we are parented as children affect how compassionate we are toward others?

— In All My Belongings, the strongest victories came from situations that look completely bleak and hopeless. Yet the characters press on. How is that a reflection of life outside the pages of a novel?

— How does forgiveness impact parent-child relationships even in adulthood?

— What is the one spiritual lesson you hope readers will walk away with after the last chapter of All My Belongings?

Cynthia Ruchti is available for interviews to promote the release of All My Belongings. To request a review copy, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings,


  • I was anxious to read this book from the moment I saw the cover. I was immediately drawn into the story with its believable characters and talk of finding “home” and all that means both physically and spiritually. I can relate to that kind of searching. Becca’s circumstances are exceptional and poignant, handled very well by Cynthia Ruchti as the storyline develops. I really didn’t want to put the book down until I knew how it was going to end.

    If you’re looking for Christian fiction with a dash of intrigue, a little romance, and themes of forgiveness, identity, and purpose, I suggest “All My Belongings” by Cynthia Ruchti.

    Written by Embracing Destiny on June 17, 2014 | e

  • This was just such a well-written story and I could not put it down – I was so swept away by the storyline and completely invested in the character’s lives and how things would play out.

    I particularly appreciated how sensitively the author handled the topic of dementia, and the importance given to the value of all human life. She wrote in such a way that made the characters seem completely authentic as we watched them grapple with numerous issues including adoption, faith, healing, euthanasia, forgiveness, responsibility, and the struggle to find out what it is that makes us who we are.

    Written by TammyisBlessed on June 13, 2014 | e


    This was an interesting and good read.It was a bit hard to get into and was a bit slow going at times,but overall it was a very good read. The story was a great reminder about forgiveness and the power of God in our life.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on June 13, 2014 | e
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    I just finished reading “All My Belongings” and as always ,I love books written by the author. Becca has tried to do all she can to start a new life but, she is still unable to get away from who she really is. This is a beautiful story about love, faith and loyalty to one’s family even when it is not always easy. I enjoyed this book, this storyline and all of the characters. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book The Litfuse Publicity Group and all opinions are my own.

    Written by Deal Sharing Aunt on June 12, 2014 | e
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    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.

    Written by Barb Shelton on June 12, 2014 | e
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    All My Belongings was a wonderfully written book. I found myself wanting to solve the mystery and clear Becca’s name for her. Of course, I also was able to appreciate what Isaac’s friend was doing since it was his job. But can Isaac ever forgive his friend for throwing his love in jail? And who really killed Isaac’s mother? Or was she even really his mother? All these questions and more will be answered in the book so go pick up a copy and read it today! I really loved the book especially the twist ending with Becca’s father.

    Written by For Him and My Family on June 12, 2014 | e
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    How do you escape a family scandal? Becca legally changed her name and took a job hundreds of miles away in California. This job was caring for a friend’s dying sister. Not an easy job for her to do after her mother’s death, but necessary.

    This is the first book I’ve read by Ms Ruchti. but it won’t be the last. I’m looking forward to reading many more.

    Written by sunny island breezes on June 12, 2014 | e
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    I loved this book so much!! I loved the various story lines going on. I immediately connected to the characters and identified with the struggle of Jayne/Becca. I know that no one has the perfect family, but seeing dysfunction resolved in other families gives me hope. I also felt that the dealing with dementia was handled amazingly well, with class and tenderness.
    I thought Ms. Ruchti did an amazing job, I highly recommend this book and will be looking for her other books!!

    Written by Cole Clan Adventures on June 12, 2014 | e
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    This was the first book from Cynthia Ruchti that I have had the opportunity to read and it absolutely will NOT be my last.

    It was an incredibly well-written, emotional book that I thoroughly enjoyed. With themes such as coming home, dealing with topics like Alzheimer’s and Euthanasia, and overcoming our past, I do believe all who read this book will relate on one level or another.

    All My Belongings was a very sensitive read, with many twists and turns but absolutely kept my attention, so much so that I read it in only a few days!

    I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

    Written by A Mom After God’s Own Heart on June 11, 2014 | e


    Let me say that Cynthia Ruchti is a talented writer and a great story teller. I am so impressed with the range of topics that were tackled in this atypical romance – faith, healing, acceptance, forgiveness, adoption and one that I don’t often see – mercy killings. We see a life end and a life reborn amongst other things. I found this to be a quick read that had a few surprise turns, which I love. If you are looking for a great story with mystery, intrigue and romance packed with depth – look no further.

    Written by Cummins Life on June 11, 2014 | e
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    This is a beautiful story that really hit home for me. Finding your way home and how home isn’t always what we think it is. I totally fell in love with the characters and the plot. It was just a wonderful story. Yes, including the tears, happy and sad.

    Written by Giveaway Lady on June 11, 2014 | e
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  • Ruchti has created emotionally intricate characters that draw the reader in. This is a book that will touch many emotions. It is an example of perfect healing that could only come through God. I highly recommend this novel.

    Written by Manifest Blog on June 11, 2014 | e


    This is the first book I have read from Cynthia Ruchti and I am look forward to reading more of her books in the future. I enjoyed every page of this book and was really drawn to Becca. Wow the situation she had to deal with. I thought the author did a wonderful job at dealing with a tough subject but keeping it fun (and even funny at times).

    Written by Book Review from a Book Lover on June 11, 2014 | e
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    I really enjoyed this book. It is well written, and tackles some tough topics with sensitivity and class. I found myself feeling for the characters and wishing things would change. It was so easy to get drawn into the story and care about the outcome. If you enjoy books that make you think, this book is for you.

    Written by Books and such on June 11, 2014 | e
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    Ms. Ruchti has given us lots to think about with topics of euthanasia and am I doomed to repeat the sins of my parents? This is a wonderful page turner that will keep you up late at night.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on June 11, 2014 | e
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    Ever since I read “When the Morning Glory Blooms by Cynthia Ruchti, I have been looking forward to another book by her. I really enjoyed the relaxing read of the other book and had hope that this one was the same. I could tell just by the cover that it was going to be relaxing and just as beautiful of a story as the other one. The cover was beautifully done and is perfect for this book.

    Written by When life gets you down…read a book on June 11, 2014 | e
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    I read the book in one day and I will say I enjoyed my day off! I thank God for putting such talent in the author that brings joy to so many.

    Written by Deco My Heart on June 11, 2014 | e
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    All My Belongings is dance of mixed emotions, faith, and love. Becca is a almost a fairy-tale character – as she settles in to her new position, she feels too good to be true. Too sweet, too knowledgeable, too forgiving. While her deception is apparent, the writing is so smooth and the rationale so believable that she comes across as perfect – which is only reinforced when she’s asked to help her father.

    On the other hand, the mystery was awesome. A twist with a mysterious source that smoothly connected Becca’s past and present. I loved it!

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on June 11, 2014 | e


    Holy guacamole (if you read the book you will get this reference) did I love this book.

    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.

    Written by Taylor Reid Reads and Breathes on June 11, 2014 | e
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    Can I just say that I love this cover! It is so beautiful and peaceful. It caught my attention for this book and I had to read what inspired the artwork. Having read the story, the cover caught the feel of the story.

    All My Belongings is a story that touched on many things that are very relevant today. Protecting who you are and moving on from past hurts, Alzheimer’s and the affect it has on loved ones, and trust. There is so much in this story, but it doesn’t bog you down. They mesh well together and they all are apart of each other.

    Written by Too Read or Not Too Read on June 10, 2014 | e
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    I really enjoyed this book. The story was well written and interesting and kept me turning pages to find out what would happen.

    Written by A Dusty Frame on June 10, 2014 | e
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    I was shocked by the depth of topics the author addresses in this books—this is no light, fluffy romance novel! Ruchti brings some pretty serious subjects into the book (i.e., “mercy killings” and adoption) and manages to do so in a natural way.

    All in all, I truly loved All My Belongings. Cynthia Ruchti has written a moving and deep story that I am so glad I read! I can’t wait to go back and read her previous novel, When the Morning Glory Blooms!

    Written by Brooke @ i blog 4 books on June 10, 2014 | e
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    All My Belongings is a beautifully descriptive, inspirational novel penned with compassion, elegance and passion. Cynthia Ruchti displays tremendous insight once again in this emotionally charged, intensely sensitive narrative of family dynamics, death and dying and starting over. The development of Becca’s faith life is beautifully illustrated throughout the details in the relationships in this novel. Acceptance and forgiveness are strong elements that come to fruition in this inspiring story. The topics of mercy killing, adoption, deception and grief are blended with elements of humor, romance and beauty.

    Written by Perspectives By Nancee on June 10, 2014 | e
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    All My Belongings, by Cynthia Ruchti.
    This book embodies the essence of redemptive storytelling. It’s inspiring. Healing. Captivating.
    A strong them in this book, for me, was the fact that you don’t have to know someone’s past to know them know- and now is what matters.
    Cynthia has offered us such a great cast of characters: Isaac, who will rearrange his life if it will help his mother in any way, Aurelia, who is slowly slipping from this world into the next, Becca, who firmly believes that any time you have with someone is another chance to bless them.

    Written by Found a Christian by His Grace on June 10, 2014 | e
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    Loved this book, an unexpected plot…something a bit new! A few twists and turns, and a main character who has a big heart, does what’s right despite being family, and a lot of trust and forgiveness.

    Thanks Cynthia Ruchti for choosing a touchy subject and writing a story that is heartfelt.

    Written by Knits Reads and Reviews on June 10, 2014 | e
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    I don’t often binge-read a book from beginning to the end in one sitting, but I will shamelessly ‘fess up to staying up until 4:00 a.m. because I just couldn’t go to sleep until I knew how it had ended. Cynthia Ruchti is a masterful storyteller and is unafraid to tackle topics that are often uncomfortable to deal with. Her humor woven throughout the book makes it easy to read and her story and character development make it nearly impossible to put down.

    Written by Middle Places on June 10, 2014 | e
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    I am so glad to discover Cynthia Ruchti’s writing. “All My Belongings” wove romance, faith and strong and engaging characters together into very good novel. The novel looked at serious topics and gave me a great deal to think about. I am so pleased that I have another novel by Cynthia Ruchti to follow. Definitely worth reading and recommending.

    Written by Buttercup Counts Her Blessings on June 10, 2014 | e


    When I chose to review this book I was expecting the traditional predictable love story. I was hooked when I realized the book was so much more than that. Just when I thought the story was coming to an end, Ruchti threw in a bit of a twist and the story did not end as I thought it was going to. Ruchti gave her readers a story of love, faith, hope, and forgiveness scattered among the pages. I am a new Ruchti fan and cannot wait to get my hands on another one of her books. This is a book you will not want to miss. I promise you!

    Written by Karen’s Korner on June 10, 2014 | e
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    If you like women’s fiction, romance with issues, or are simply a fan of Ms. Ruchti, you won’t want to miss ALL MY BELONGINGS. A great writer. Very tightly written. I have no complaints with the writing. At all.

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on June 10, 2014 | e
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    I really enjoyed reading this book as Jayne/Becca tries to find her way in life and from whom she can experience true love and peace. Jayne/Becca is a character whom the reader cannot help but empathize with and love and Geneva is such a loveable character as well and she has such a wonderful friendship with Jayne and plays a vital role in her life. This is a book that need to be on your summer reading pile!

    Written by Moments on June 10, 2014 | e
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    All My Belongings is a beautiful book about life and death. This book really sticks with me given my situation with my Dad. Watching someone you love disappear before your eyes isn’t an easy thing especially when physically they are there but mentally they are leaving you. All My Belongings digs into euthanasia, dementia, hospice care giving, and the need all of us have to feel we belong somewhere and to someone. Cynthia Ruchti covers these deep and serious topics with love, showing that there is beauty and dignity in dying. The characters in this book are real, honest people and I found myself relating to Becca the most throughout this book. Her respect for life and death really touched me especially given my situation with my own Dad.

    Written by For The Love of Books on June 10, 2014 | e
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    Every once in a while, a writer comes along whose gift blows you away and leaves an impact beyond the words on the page…Cynthia Ruchti is such a writer. All My Belongings is an emotion filled story capturing love, anger, hatred and despair in its rawest forms. Ruchti doesn’t shy away from some of the most vulnerable places surrounding end of life issues and she handles them with honesty and gives them dignity. All My Belongings is such a genuine and heartfelt story. You will walk away from this one with a longing and hope for the future despite the pain of the present. And if all that weren’t enough, Ruchti includes a little twist that you won’t expect! Ruchti’s books have a permanent place on my keeper shelf. They should be on yours too!

    Written by Mother of Three on June 9, 2014 | e
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    All My Belongings is a beautiful story of love, forgiveness, trust, and having a sense of home. Are we our parents’ children, following in their immediate footsteps? Or are we individuals capable of stepping out from their shadow and going our own way? Do our personalities depend on nature or nurture? Does it matter if we are connected to our parents through blood or not? The final scenes were particularly poignant, but they left me with mixed emotions as I wrestled with the ideas of love versus justice.

    I’d not read anything by Ruchti before, although I confess to having another of her books in my to-read file on my Kindle. If she’s new to you as well, I heartily recommend All My Belongings as an introduction.

    Written by Proverbial Reads on June 9, 2014 | e
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    All My Belongings is a beautiful story packed full of emotions — from one end of the spectrum to the other. There were moments that made me cry and others that brought a smile to my face. And I’m not sure when I’ve read anything that tackled so many tough topics, but with such sensitivity and grace.

    The story was so well written that it was very easy to feel with Becca as she grew in her relationship with Isaac, and more importantly in her relationship with God. There were a few twists that kept the story very engaging, and the last twist — well, that one I really didn’t see coming, but I’m so glad it came.

    Written by Southern Gal Loves to Read on June 9, 2014 | e
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  • After diving into the novel the writing is super strong right out of the gate.

    Written by the ramblings of miss aimymichelle on June 8, 2014 | e


    I enjoyed reading this tale that moved me to tears and laughter, occasionally at the same time. The grace and forgiveness so poignantly demonstrated at the end put a lump in my throat.

    Written by Our Family Porch on June 7, 2014 | e
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    All My Belongings by Cynthia Ruchti is a heart-wrenching tale of forgiveness, grace and learning what it means to truly belong. Readers who have been or will eventually be caring for a loved one will especially connect with this story. I’ve always thought that life would be so much easier if things were black and white, but they’re not, and Cynthia beautifully captures those grey areas. I recommend All My Belongings to those who enjoy a touching story of faith and romance.

    Written by The Power of Words on June 7, 2014 | e
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    This book was far better than I expected. I love the cover and the inside is even better! The main character, Becca, has gone through a lot in life but the recent events have pushed her to change her life. With a new name and a new job she is ready to put the past behind her. As bitterness eats at Becca, her new life shows her how short life is as she takes care of an older woman. I think my favorite part about this book is how it portrays the elderly and how incredibly sad it is when the mind starts fading. The book took an unexpected turn for me in the middle and I really enjoyed the author’s twist. I don’t want to give away anything but this book tugged at my heart strings. The forgiveness aspect really touched me while reading this story.

    I highly recommend!

    Written by I Hope You Dance on June 7, 2014 | e
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    This is a great novel of new life and renewed faith. The story is wonderful encouragement for those who may feel their past has ruined their future. The themes of trust and forgiveness make this a rewarding novel to read. There is a little suspense, some humor, some romance, all in all a very good novel.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on June 7, 2014 | e
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    At first I found this novel hard to read but about a quarter of the way in it had me hooked on every word. Jayne is so incredibly strong and the fact that there are people out there walking in her shoes makes the story that much more captivating. A definite must read!

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on June 6, 2014 | e
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    Excellent book, and highly recommended. This book tackles several issues including mercy killing, Alzheimer, identity change, forgiveness and starting fresh. Becca is a wonderful character with a huge heart and it is great to see her blossom and grow in the book through the love of Issac and God. This book has intrigue, romance, mystery and lots of forgiveness.

    Written by A Year of Jubilee Reviews on June 5, 2014 | e
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    There’s plenty to appreciate about All My Belongings: the attention to detail, the likable characters, the surprisingly twisty plot (with a bit of mystery/suspense thrown in–unexpected but not unwelcome!). And of course, the sweet romance.

    Written by Story Matters on June 5, 2014 | e
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    Forgiveness and hope are the theme throughout this book. The struggles to achieve both are what keeps Becca going. Regardless of roadblocks, she is determined to have her life back again. She may have to reinvent herself to survive, however, by listening to God, not only her heart, but the reader’s can be mended. What a wonderful hope!

    Written by Quiet Quilter on June 5, 2014 | e
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    This book is about so many things. It’s about finding love even in the things that seem burdensome. Learning to forgive when your life had been shattered. Being a victor and not a victim. Finding hope when you feel there is none. Realizing that, even though you feel like you don’t belong, you have always belonged with the One that has loved you since before you were born. This book is so beautifully written and the little spots that brought a smile to my face were dispersed perfectly throughout the story to relieve the emotional tug on my heart strings.

    Written by A Book Lover’s Retreat on June 4, 2014 | e
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    There are so many twists and turns in this book that kept me wanting to read more and more but most of all it was filled with raw emotion from all characters and I could feel their pain with every word! Cynthia Ruchti is very talented to be able to write like that!!

    This book is a great mix of everything I love in a good book: emotion, romance, sadness, pain, love, and faith in God that gets us through everything! It was a great reminder that no matter which way our world takes us, there is only ONE that controls it all: God!

    Written by The Review Stew on June 4, 2014 | e
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    If you have ever had a dark secret from your past haunt you, then you will relate to Jayne Dennagee – a woman who is trying to leave her past behind – a woman who will do anything for a fresh start.

    But – Jayne soon discovers that escaping from one’s past is not as easy as she had hoped. When things start to unravel, will Jayne be blamed for past history or extended grace for the future?

    Cynthia Ruchti is one of those rare Christian authors who isn’t afraid to delve into controversial subjects that most writers would avoid – and to write about them with sensitivity, eloquence and grace. All My Belongings is a beautiful story that draws you right into the heart and emotion of her characters.

    If you are new to the world of Cynthia Ruchti, All My Belongings is a great place to start.

    Written by Create With Joy on June 3, 2014 | e
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    All My Belongings is a beautiful story of love, faith, hope, new beginnings and forgiveness. I love Ruchti’s writing and that she always manages to surprise me.

    Written by The IE Mommy on June 3, 2014 | e
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    Cynthia Ruchti is a gifted writer, and her story is filled with strong, memorable characters. The complexity of the plot is totally believable, and that’s what makes it so completely satisfying! Wow! This was not what I was expecting. My heart is sad, happy and a bit wistful! GREAT story! One I am happy to recommend!

    Written by Window To My World on June 3, 2014 | e
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    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.

    Written by By The Book on June 3, 2014 | e
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    This was a very profound book that really had a lot going on. There is a great faith element in this book, it really shows how GOD is always there and how he orders our steps. It also shows how he is faithful if we follow him and do his will. The writing was really good also, as the story flowed well. I also liked all of the characters. This is a fast read but in no way is it a lite read.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

    Written by Melina’s Book Blog on June 2, 2014 | e
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    All My Belongings by Cynthia Ruchti was an amazing book. There were so many things in this book that spoke to me. I think the main reason I loved this book is because I saw so much of myself in Jayne or Becka

    Written by The World As I See It on June 2, 2014 | e
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    All My Belongings is another title to add to your “summer” reading list!

    There is so much emotion woven into this story – this is a book that will keep you reading all night long. The characters are so easy to empathize with, and the added twists and turns that the author sneaks in just makes this the perfect vacation read.

    Jayne (turned Becca) is a character you won’t soon forget. My heart went out to her, as she tried so hard to put some distance between her future and her past. Just when she thinks she’s escaped her reputation, (which is no fault of her own), life tosses her the unexpected curve ball.

    Don’t miss out on this great story by Cynthia Ruchti!

    Written by Cafe Lily Book Reviews on June 2, 2014 | e
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    I think the book does a good job of looking realistically at the problems we have caring for the infirm.

    All My Belongings is definitely Christian fiction. The characters pray. They drink sparkling juice, not wine. Isaac belongs to a men’s group from church and they meet regularly. The final moral is that forgiveness is necessary and freeing.

    Written by This That and the Other Thing on June 1, 2014 | e
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    This is the first book I have read of Cynthia’s and it won’t be my last. She creates great relationship angst. I have been up late at night reading, saying just one more chapter and I couldn’t put it down. This book is more than a good story, it shows how our past can chain us unless we give it to God and let Him handle it, we aren’t our past.
    Becca’s dry sense of humor was great, and I loved watching her relationship with God and Isaac develop.
    I highly recommend this book!

    Written by Radiant Light on May 30, 2014 | e
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    Stirring. Tender. Grace-filled, Poignant. These words describe Cynthia Ruchti’s novels and particularly her latest release, All My Belongings. Fully expecting to be engrossed, I was nevertheless unprepared for how deeply touched I was by this exquisitely crafted tale. As a master artist brings a canvas to life with an abundance of color, Ruchti skillfully touches on an array of life issues in this story, issues which on the surface might seem unrelated but which all speak to the heart’s deepest longing.

    Written by Mocha with Linda on May 30, 2014 | e
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    Did I cry? Yes I sure did. And I enjoyed every minute of this book.
    Ruchti has written another Binge book that I fell in love with.
    Very emotional but so worth the read.
    I loved Becca so much I never put the book down once I opened it up until I finished the last page.
    The scripture that is mixed in this book is in all the right places it was fantastic.
    Forgiveness is one word to describe this book.
    I gave this book 5 stars and I recommend this book.
    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

    Written by The Mary Book Reader on May 29, 2014 | e
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  • This was such a heartfelt, intense, sweet, unpredictable-in-so-many-ways-type of story. It was tough to read in parts, but it was so worth reading. There were so many poignant and sad, but also happy moments. I loved it! I would definitely recommend it to Christian Romance readers as well as general Adult Romance readers. The inspirational element is definitely there, but it wasn’t overly done. It was just part of these characters and their lives.

    Written by Tressa’s Wishful Endings on May 28, 2014 | e
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    This is a novel about the effects of guilt that are not the fault of the characters in the story yet they impact their lives nonetheless. It shows how damaging those can be depending on their severity and how each of them cope. From Jayne dealing with her father’s murderous past, while Issac struggles with wanting to care for his mother, but finding himself unable to deal with the effects of the diseases that trample over what feelings he has for his mother from the past to where he finds himself at presently. It is a novel to healing, finding forgiveness and coming to terms with pasts that we can’t change but need to deal with before moving forward. I give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on May 28, 2014 | e
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    Love this author and loved the book! Read this one cover to cover! Great book with a love yet realized sort of theme running through it.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on May 28, 2014 | e
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    As the story went on, I really connected with Becca. The story is so full of hope and misery combined that it was impossible not to become entangled in it. Healing comes from the unexplained, the unimaginable, and that place inside the heart that holds forgiveness.

    Written by Savings in Seconds on May 28, 2014 | e
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  • I very very much enjoyed this novel. There were some hard-hitting questions of morality, forgiveness, making rash judgments because of someone’s family connections that really make you stop and consider how you yourself treat others in hard situations. Things that make you question if you could do the same as Becca. Or would you be more like Isaac and Geneva? Or Tony? This is a read slowly type of book. One that will give you plenty of things to pause and reflect on as you turn the pages.

    Written by Books By Amanda on May 28, 2014 | e
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    I loved the genuineness that flowed through this story. Becca’s heart-wrenching sorrow, as well as her love for Geneva and Auleria. It is a story that could have been ripped from the headlines, but offers love and forgiveness. The realness of the characters and the situations drew me in and kept me between the pages until I closed the cover on a well told story.

    Written by Our Homeschooling Pilgrimage on May 28, 2014 | e
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  • Becca’s situation made me wonder how I would react if I were in her place; it also made me think about my own faith and the hard times I’m going through. How does this all fit in God’s plan and will I one day understand the purpose? There was such a feeling of peace about the book even though there were some hard things in it interspersed with some very joyful moments.

    Written by Veronica’s ‘Views on May 27, 2014 | e


    This was a beautiful story. I felt very invested in the characters, so much that when I had to put the book down I would whisper, “Sorry, Becca and Isaac!” I wanted to see where the story would take them. My heart ached at the way Becca felt unworthy because of her family and the emotional abuse she’d suffered, and I longed for her to see herself the way Isaac saw her. Keeping secrets is usually both hard and dangerous. When the secrets of both their pasts are revealed, we get to see whether Isaac and Becca can be set free or remain bound by the choices of the people who gave them life. The choices of other people do affect us, but they do not have to define us.

    Written by ReviewsByErin on May 27, 2014 | e
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    I liked how this book drew me in on page one. The writing is superb; I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book with so many strong metaphors. Actually, “strong” describes many aspects of this book: the plot with its interesting twists and turns, the characterization, and the theme of needing to belong.

    Until close to the end of the book, I didn’t realize how the theme of belonging related to both the hero, Isaac, and Becca, the heroine. It was obvious throughout the story that Becca felt displaced, but it turned out that Isaac was dealing with the same issue. The author did a great job pulling all loose ends together into a satisfying conclusion.

    Written by WordSmith on May 26, 2014 | e
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    This is a great story and a lot happens to Jayne/Becca and if she is strong enough, she will survive it and let go of the hurt from the past.

    Written by Mary’s Cup of Tea on May 25, 2014 | e
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    This story is not glossed over or full of glamour. It is restoration of a life in need of rescuing ~ from despair, guilt, blame, to embrace truth and worth.

    Written by Lane Hill House on May 24, 2014 | e
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    “All My Belongings” is a powerful and emotional novel that deals with some very difficult subjects.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on May 23, 2014 | e
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    The book is powerful and it captures the grey areas of life where nothing is always as easily black and white as we sometimes may like to see life.

    Written by Sunflower Faith on May 23, 2014 | e
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    Cynthia Ruchti has a lovely way of writing about difficult situations, making them palatable and relatable. She captures the rawness of pain, but couples it with uncontrived humor, making her stories real and readable. All My Belongings is another book of characters who come to life on the page. It’s about relationships that span generations, about family ties and broken hearts, about healing and hope and grace and forgiveness. I really appreciate that the romance between Becca and Isaac is only one element of this very full story, leaving room to develop other equally important relationships in Becca’s life.

    Written by Hope Through Storytelling on May 23, 2014 | e
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    I just finished reading “All My Belongings”, by Cynthia Ruchti and I was drawn into the storyline. This is a story of love, forgiveness, faith and family loyalty. This author makes people think about what they would do if faced with the same choice.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! on May 22, 2014 | e
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    What a caring and loving person Becca is, you’ll enjoy her relationship with Aurila, and of course Isaac Hughes. Isaac had reservations about Becca taking care of his mother, but when Aurila immediately accepted her, it will make you chuckle, his fears vanished. Life becomes rather nice and safe, and you feel hopeful that she is finally in a secure and loving environment, that is when things begin to change. How was it possible that now Becca is a person of interest in the death of her elderly, and very sick charge, Aurila?
    Come along and find out what happens to Becca and Isaac, will her past catch up with her, sure looks like it. While I couldn’t stop reading, a real page-turner, I felt like the book ended, and then picked up again.

    Written by Maureen’s Musings on May 22, 2014 | e
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    A word artisan of wit and wisdom, Ms Ruchti uses a light touch in developing thoughtful responses to heavy topics of dementia related caregiving, child neglect, and euthenasia.

    The mysterious death of our protagonist’s charge add complexities to Becca’s future and intrigue for mystery buffs reading ALL MY BELONGINGS. Ambiguities of belonging are well developed and pleasingly resolved for our two MCs.

    Written by faith hope & cherrytea on May 21, 2014 | e
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