by Beth Duke
Publication Date August 28, 2018
Published by Art of Dixie
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Genres: Fiction / Humorous / General, Fiction / Southern, Fiction / Women
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 by Beth Duke is a dual timeline story that is set in Post War Alabama and modern-day Alabama. It’s an engaging story that is full of surprises as the story twists and turns.
Veronica “Ronnie” Johnson is a licensed practical nurse working in an assisted living facility in Alabama. She befriends one of the residents, Violet, and over the years she learns about Violet’s interesting life story. When Violet passes away, she leaves Ronnie a very interesting bequest, she wants Ronnie to write the book of Violet’s life, but she only gives Ronnie a year to write the book.
The book flashes back to Violet’s young life in Alabama. Starting as homecoming queen, we learn about her life, her loves, and her struggles. Ronnie struggles with writing the book as she learns more and more about Violet’s interesting past.
I enjoyed this dual timeline book very much. I like that we got to learn about Violet’s life bit by bit as Ronni worked to uncover her secrets. I enjoyed Ronni’s life in the modern day. I used to work in a residential care facility and the authors’ descriptions of life in the facility were very similar to what I experienced. The alternating chapters between the two timelines make the book easy to read and keep the action moving fast.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys women’s fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.