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 Thought:
There really is an art to getting a dual timeline book right for authors – it can so easily go horribly wrong – thankfully in Beth Duke’s It All Comes Back to You, it goes fantastically right.
Taking place in Alabama, Ronni is given somewhat of a poisoned chalice when one of her elderly care patients, Violet, dies and leaves her an inheritance, with the proviso that she must, within a year, produce the book of Violet’s life.
Despite help from many different areas, Ronni has never written a book before and has little confidence in herself and her ability to write. Violet had confidence in her, but getting it to the surface is quite a task!
There is lots of love about this book. Violet’s story is interesting and the chapters showing 1940s America are evocative and very well-researched. The sections about Ronni deal well with her insecurities and show her growing as a person as Violet’s confidence in her begins to brush away the shadow of a childhood in foster care.
Some of the secrets revealed in the book are shocking for the 1940s and have the potential to disrupt many lives in 2012, but the story is never dull and is utterly compelling and heartbreaking in equal measure.
I know this may change in time and with future editions, but can we talk for a moment about the beautiful cover design? I am a thorough advocate of books as art and this (as you can see from above) is a beaut.
This book is very human, very real and, as we come into the summer, perfect for your holiday reading. I’d definitely recommend it.
It All Comes Back to You is published by The Art of Dixie.
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Please note: I was sent this book for review purposes. All opinions are, as ever, my own.