Thank you Beth Duke, BooksGoSocial, and Netgalley for the Advanced Reader Copy! So glad I picked this one up!
Ok, so first this cover! I know floral is in now but this is beyond gorgeous and if I’m honest, it’s the reason I clicked on it for more info! Beautifully written with all the prose one expects with a southern scene that’s set in the past, this story is meant to be share and talked about.
Alabama, 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―including revelations 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 Southern 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.
“Beth Duke is one of those writers who leave you shaking your head when you’ve finished reading, muttering, ‘Dang, I wish I’d written that.’
She can spin a good yarn.
She is as Southern as grits and sweet tea.
Once you read one of her stories, you start to gravitate to her like a moth to a porch light.
It All Comes Back to You is one of those stories you need to savour. You want to put the book down so as to have more to read tomorrow, but you can’t. It becomes attached to you, a part of you. As does she.
I catch myself smiling when I’m reading her stories. They pull you in,and take you on a wild ride, but she returns you home at the end, safe and sound, and forever changed.
But for the better.
Beth Duke is a wordsmith of the best kind and her stories rank with the best in classic Southern fiction.”
– Dan Brown, Author of The Lunch Box and Reunion
“I laughed a lot, I also cried in places, I felt an affinity for the characters – and there are many – and their sorrows. I loved Violet and how she took the lemons life had given her and made a lot of lemonade for others who had nothing. I loved Ronni and her wonderful, dry, self-deprecating humor. This warm, funny book will surprise you a lot. It did me because I was expecting a simple, charming story about a nurse who has to write a book about her benefactor’s life. Yes, it’s about that, but so much more. Please don’t miss out on this wonderful story. I was sad when it ended.” – Official 5-Star Readers Favorite Editorial Review
“Wonderful book. I really liked Ronni and Violet and their amazing relationship. New plot in almost every chapter, which makes this book hard to put down. Story of family ties and secrets. Thank you NetGalley for free advance reading copy!” – 5***** review, Aggie B, NetGalley reviewer
“Thank you NetGalley for sending me this amazing woman’s fiction in exchange for an honest review. ‘It All Comes Back to You’ by Beth Duke is the tale of Violet’s life as told through stories and diaries given to Ronnie Johnson a nurse at the nursing home where they became friends. Beautiful Violet seems to have had a cursed life. How could anyone be so unlucky in love? ‘It All Comes Back to You’ Is told through Violet in her early years and through Ronnie’s discoveries while researching Violet’s life through the diaries and letters. Her story although tragic was often told with humor. While reading this book I laughed, I cried and I could not put this book down. I highly recommend this heart felt story.” – 5***** review, Diane E, reviewer
“I am so happy I picked this book up! I was drawn in from the first line and had a lot of trouble putting it down to do anything else. The story is powerful and oh so full of secrets, I imagined I was right there with Ronni and Violet watching every scenario play out. This novel was just very well written!” – 5***** review, Alicia M, reviewer