Saturday, May 23, 2015

Book review: As Waters Gone By by Cynthia Ruchti

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About the book:
As Waters Gone By (Abingdon, May 2015)

How can a marriage survive when separated by hundreds of miles and impenetrable prison walls?

Emmalyn and Max Ross may have to endure the fight of their lives to mend the tattered fabric of their marriage. His actions ensured she could never be a mother and put him in prison, giving their relationship a court-mandated five-year time-out. On a self-imposed exile to beautiful but remote Madeline Island, one of the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, Emmalyn has just a few months left to figure out if and how they can ever be a couple again.

Nudged along by the exuberant owner of the Wild Iris Inn and Café, a circle of misfit people in their small town, and a young girl who desperately needs someone to love her, Emmalyn restores an island cottage that could become a home and begins to restore her heart by learning what it means to love unconditionally. Yet even as hope begins to find a place within the cottage walls, Emmalyn still wonders if she's ready for Max's release. She may be able to rebuild a cottage, but can she rebuild a marriage?

My Review:
"Bougie's smile bloomed and spread...'Grace always outweighs gravity'." Words I want to engrave on my heart. Cynthia Ruchti has written a beautiful tale of confusion, fear, love, forgiveness, and grace. As soon as I opened the first chapter and started to read, I wanted to climb in the book and get to know the characters better. Take Emmalyn's hand and walk with her along the beach. Sit and drink tea with Bougie, the quirky innkeeper and even climb on the roof to work with Cora. The story comes to life immediately and holds on until the satisfying end. The author's incredible description paints an inviting setting from the Wild Iris Inn on Madeline Island to the cottage by the lake. I just can't say enough good things about this powerful story. If I could give more than five stars I would.

I received a free copy of As Waters Gone By from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: 
Cynthia Ruchti has more than three decades of radio broadcast experience with Heartbeat of the Home radio and currently serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers.

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  1. Thanks for sharing Cynthia's book, Penny. She's an amazing writer. I haven't read this book yet but adding it to my "to-read" list.



    1. You are so welcome. I hope you enjoy Cynthia's new book as much as I did.

    2. So glad it's on your to-be-read list, Renee-Ann!

  2. I attended a recent class at a writers conference that Cynthia taught. Not all good writers are good teachers but Cynthia excels at both!

    1. That's wonderful, Cynthia. I met her at a conference a few years ago and she's a sweet lady, very encouraging.

    2. Thank you for your kind words, Cynthia Lovely!


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