It All Comes Back to You
By Beth Duke
What it’s about?
War’s over, cherry-print dresses, parking above the city lights, swing dancing.
Beautiful, seventeen-year-old Violet lives in a perfect world.
Everybody loves her.
In 2012, she’s still beautiful, charming, and surrounded by admirers.
Veronica “Ronni” Johnson, licensed practical nurse and aspiring writer, meets the captivating Violet in the assisted living facility where Violet requires no assistance, just lots of male attention. When she dies, she leaves Ronni a very generous bequest―only if Ronni completes a book about her life within one year. As she’s drawn into the world of young Violet, Ronni is mesmerized by life in a simpler time. It’s an irresistible journey filled with revelations, some of them about men Ronni knew as octogenarians at Fairfield Springs.
Struggling, insecure, flailing at the keyboard, Ronni juggles her patients, a new boyfriend, and a Samsonite factory of emotional baggage as she tries to craft a manuscript before her deadline.
But then the secrets start to emerge, some of them in person. And they don’t stop.
What I think:
This is such an engaging story.
The narrative is split between the two different women, Violet and Ronni.
Violet has lived an interesting life full of adventure, love and heartbreak. Her final wish is that Ronni should tell her story.
Ronni, and aspiring writer, work is a nursing home. Her friendship with Violet gives her the confidence and courage she needs to take her writing seriously.
Violet’s life is full of joy and tragedy. While she is beautiful and popular, she learns at a young age that she cannot control her destiny and as a young woman growing up in 1940s America, many decisions have been made for her. The different men she loves each have a profound impact on the woman she becomes.
As she begins writing and researching Violet’s life, Ronni is forced to confront her own past. Childhood trauma has left her searching for love and a family of her own.
I loved the relationship between Ronni and Violet. Violet is full of life and energy. Everyone is drawn to her. And yet she hides the pain of some tragic secrets. She takes a real interest in nurturing Ronni, both as a writer, but also as a person. She becomes the grandmother Ronni never had.
Violet’s story takes some unpredictable turns that will leave the reader enthralled. The writer deals with some series issues such as adoption and domestic violence in a sensitive and compassionate way, and Violet’s strength if character means that no matter what choices she makes the reader is always rooting for her.
Ronni’s character really develops as she finds her confidence and deals with the challenge that Violet has set her. She is also falling in love and trying to put her trust in Rick, a man who has more than a few secrets if his own.
This is was a great story with compelling characters.
About the Author:
Beth Dial Duke is an Amazon #1 Best Selling author and the recipient of short story awards on two continents.
She is eyeing the other five.
Beth lives in the mountains of her native Alabama with her husband, one real dog, and one ornamental dog.
She loves reading, writing, and not arithmetic.
Baking is a hobby, with semi-pro cupcakes and amateur macarons a specialty. And puns–the worse, the better.
Travel is her other favorite thing, along with joining book groups for discussion. If a personal visit isn’t possible, she is fluent in Zoom.
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Thank you to Zooloo’s Book Tours for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful blog tour and for my gifted copy of this book.