Hi everyone! I’m really excited to be today’s tour stop for It All Comes Back to You by Beth Duke, which is hosted by Random Things Tours.
It All Comes Back to You
Author: Beth Duke
Publication Date: 28 August 2018
Genre: Adult Fiction – Historical Fiction
Publisher: The Art of Dixie
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.
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.
It All Comes Back to You is definitely one of those books that is perfect for book clubs because everyone is going to react differently to the plot elements and the conversation surrounding it would be really eye-opening. Alas, I don’t have a book club (yet!).
The story alternates between two POVs: present day Ronni and 1947 Homecoming Queen Violet. Ronni’s story focuses on how she started her job at the nursing home where she eventually meets Violet as well as her desire to be loved; especially since her childhood was not the best. Ronni is fantastic at her job, but she wants nothing more than to become an author and write beautiful stories.
Even up until her death, Violet was stunningly beautiful. She had an aura about her that was positively captivating. She could command a room just by entering. After Violet passes, she leaves Ronni a substantial amount of money with the condition that Ronni will pursue writing full-time, and her first book will be a tell all of Violet’s life.
Ronni embarks on an incredible journey into Violet’s life that is filled with love and heartbreak amongst a postwar backdrop in Alabama. I found Ronni’s and Violet’s stories to be spellbinding, and I was completely sucked into both the highs and lows of their lives. Beth Duke spins a heart-achingly beautiful tale with characters that you can’t help but love.
Thank you to the author for providing a copy for review. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
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Beth Dial Duke is an
Amazon #1 Best Selling author and the recipient of short story awards on two
She is eyeing the other five.
Beth lives in the mountains of her native Alabama with her husband, one real dog, one ornamental dog, and a flock of fluffy pet chickens.
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 clubs for discussion. Please invite her to London…England or Kentucky, either is fine. Anywhere!
Please see bethduke.com for more information.