Rosie’s #Bookreview Family #Histfic Saga set in #Alabama It All Comes Back To You by Beth Duke

It All Comes Back to YouIt All Comes Back to You by Beth Duke

3.5 stars

It All Comes Back To You is a family saga set in Alabama.

Ronni works in a nursing home; a popular carer, she has many friends among the staff and patients. When well-loved resident Violet dies, she leaves a large sum of money to Ronni, but to keep it, Ronni must agree to write and publish Violet’s life story.

Ronni uses diaries written by Violet as a basis for the memoir. It begins with Violet’s life from her early years in 1947, when she was just a teenager experiencing first-love. Inspired by Violet’s story, Ronni feels confident to reveal her own harsh upbringing to her new boyfriend, Rick.

The author has written this book in alternating chapters between Violet, a beautiful popular woman, and Ronni, someone good-looking, but insecure. The book is like an infinity mirror; a book about a book within a book. Ronni’s writing journey rises from the aspiration to write, to the heady heights of a published author, with a lucrative book deal and a planned book tour.

This is a dialogue-led book and to this end I found it rather hard to connect with the characters. This format can create a telling style to the story as opposed to a showing method. Overall, the book uses two well-used story threads; a will, with a clause before the beneficiary can fully collect their dues, and the journey of a debut author. Recommended for those who enjoy family based storylines or who have an interest in twentieth century Alabama.

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Alabama, 1947.
Beautiful, seventeen-year-old Violet lives in a perfect world. Everybody loves her.
Well over sixty years later, she’s still beautiful and surrounded by admirers.

Veronica “Ronni” Johnson, licensed practical nurse and aspiring writer, meets 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.

Struggling, insecure, flailing at the keyboard, Ronni juggles life, her patients, a new boyfriend, and a Samsonite factory of emotional baggage as she tries to put it all together.

But then the secrets start to emerge, some of them in person. And they don’t stop.

Alternating chapters between Homecoming Queen Violet in 1947 and can’t-quite-find-her-crown Ronni in the present, IT ALL COMES BACK TO YOU is Southern Fiction at its hilarious, warm, sad, outrageous,uplifting, and stunning best.

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