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.
Anna, Ivy, and Becky are from three different generations of women but are linked by the same stigma attached to unplanned pregnancy. Ivy fears her fianc will not accept their child when and if he returns from the Korean War. She meets elderly Anna and learns about Morning Glory, Anna's 60-year-old refuge for unwed mothers, a place where scores of desperate women have retreated to heal and rest. Can Ivy benefit from Anna's memories? And, in the present, Becky struggles with the myriad repercussions of her daughter's unplanned pregnancy. Times may change, but condemnation and judgment are constants. Yet each woman dares to hope in the power of grace, and to believe in the One who redeems all things. Ruchti (They Almost Always Come Home) weaves a potentially confusing storyline involving different eras into an intricate tapestry. She keeps it real, not wrapping up every conflict with a pretty bow of resolution. She also displays superb comedic timing in breaking the tension of emotionally heavy scenes. Readers will enjoy her delightful sense of humor and the richly developed secondary characters.