I’m so happy to be bringing you my review of this beautiful book. Today is my day on the blog tour and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Anne Cater and Beth Duke for including me.
1947. 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. Everything changes.
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 book club fiction at its hilarious, warm, sad, outrageous, uplifting, and stunning best. In the tradition of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand and Olive Kitteridge, Duke delivers an unforgettable elderly character to treasure and a young heroine to steal your heart.
This book is beautiful – both in the actual story and in the way it’s written. I absolutely loved going back in time to get to know a young Violet. I laughed for her, I cried for her and I cheered her on.
Each of the characters are very real and this is reflected in their flaws – basic, human flaws. Because of this, it’s a very easy book to get lost in and, even though it is written during two different periods of time, it’s not at all a chore. In fact, it was a total pleasure to read.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes characters they can get involved with and get to know better on a really meaningful level.
It’s heart-breaking, heart-warming and a very, very special story. It’s packed full of tenderness, aswell as some very difficult moments.
You won’t regret taking the time to get to know Violet and Ronni, and everyone that comes along with them.
The Art of Dixie is the official publisher of It All Comes Back To You.