When the Morning Glory Blooms
This Christian novel follows the stories of Anna, Ivy, and Becky, who live in different historical periods in the same Midwestern town. In 2012, Becky’s daughter Lauren has a son out of wedlock and doesn’t seem willing to take responsibility for him. Becky is afraid Jackson will be neglected if she doesn’t enable Lauren. Ivy is a young woman in 1951 whose boyfriend is posted to Korea before she finds out she is pregnant. And in the 1890s, Anna hears a calling from the Lord to establish a home for unwed mothers, despite having no resources other than an empty house. How the three women’s lives intertwine is revealed as the story progresses.
“Even as the Lord spread His grace-gift over the worn and tattered parts of my life…” from page 92 is an illustration of the book’s fairly heavy religious content and some slightly over-the-top descriptions. But despite that, I really liked the three main characters, and was eager to find out what would happen to them. Readers will experience how American society’s attitude toward unwed mothers changed over the decades. Compelling characters and learning a bit of social history make me heartily recommend this inspirational novel.