Monday, June 1, 2015

As Waters Gone By by Cynthia Ruchti - REVIEWED

About the Book:
Can a marriage survive a separation of hundreds of miles and impenetrable prison walls? And are the walls around her heart more daunting than the concrete and razorwire he faces?
Emmalyn Ross shares something in common with spouses of the deployed or those whose work takes them on the road for long stretches. She’s trying to figure out how to sustain a marriage with a man who’s never home. He won’t be home until the end of his sentence, if then. His actions stole her heart’s desire and gave their relationship a court-mandated five-year time-out. What didn’t fall apart the night he was indicted fell apart in the intervening years. Now, on a self-imposed exile to beautiful but remote Madeline Island—one of the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior—Emmalyn has a handful of months left to figure out if and how they can ever be a couple again. And his silence isn’t helping.
The island hunting cottage they’d purchased on a whim when life made sense isn’t fit for habitation. But it’s all she has. Restoring it may put a roof over her head, but a home needs more than a roof and walls. As Emmalyn and the cottage grow stronger, they feel emptier. Is it possible hope lost her address?
My Thoughts:
Until a person is whole, she can’t see clearly.  She can’t hear well.  She can’t love right.”  (p. 238)

As Waters Gone By is a book that records the story of Emmalyn Ross’ journey toward wholeness.  It is not a journey she would have ever chosen for herself, and the hunting cabin on Madeline Island is no where she ever thought to call home.  But God knew every step of her journey, and He lovingly introduced a very eclectic group of His children to surround Emmalyn’s heart on each step of her path to wholeness and healing.

Cynthia Ruchti’s writing never fails to take my breath away!  Each character is brought to vivid life, and steals a part of your heart as the story unfolds.  I will never forget Bougie Unfortunate!  Ever!  And Cora, Nick, Joe and precious Hope!  And of course Max.  God’s fingerprints cover all of these beautifully broken lives, and He sets them together in many unlikely, sometimes heartbreaking ways!  This is a novel to be experienced by your heart!  This is a novel that God will use to whisper His love to your most broken places that need to feel His touch and healing.

Honestly, this is a remarkable story that will leave its imprint upon your heart!  You will probably cry a little.  I know you will laugh a little!  And you will rejoice, grieve, grow and change with each page of the story!  I cannot begin to recommend this novel highly enough!!  Transformational in every single way!! 
About the Author:
Taking multi-tasking to new heights (or depths, depending on your perspective), Cynthia Ruchti is the award-winning author of recent releases "All My Belongings" (novel), "When the Morning Glory Blooms" (novel), and "Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People's Choices" (nonfiction). 

She makes potato corn chowder for her husband of 42 years, loves on her three kids and five grandchildren, recently retired from 33 years of writing and producing a daily radio broadcast called THE HEARTBEAT OF THE HOME, is past president of the 2,700-member American Christian Fiction Writers and now serves as ACFW's Professional Relations Liaison, all while working on more book projects in addition to the eight already on the shelves. 

The year 2010 saw the release of her debut novel--"They Almost Always Come Home" by Abingdon Press (a Carol Award finalist)--and a Christmas collection novella, "The Heart's Harbor" in A Door County Christmas, a Family Fiction Reader's Choice, by Barbour Publishing. "His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is Not," released Nov 1, 2011. Another novella collection--"Cedar Creek Seasons" (Barbour) released in spring of 2012. "When the Morning Glory Blooms" (April 2013) was followed by "All My Belongings" (2014, also from Abingdon Press). Her books have recently been honored with two Selah Awards, two Christian Retailing's BEST Awards, and awards from CAN Golden Scrolls and AWSA Golden Scrolls. 

She tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through writing and speaking, but she gave up knitting, counted cross-stitch, sewing her own clothes, naps, and dusting baseboards a long time ago. You can find her at, at, or in the kitchen, brewing herself another cup of tea.

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