Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Song of Silence



Song of Silence Cynthia Ruchti



Song of Silence

by Cynthia Ruchti   

Contemporary Fiction
Abingdon Press 

Music taught Lucy love and beauty. Could silence teach her hope?

Lucy and Charlie Tuttle agree on one thing: they're committed to each other for life. Trouble is, neither of them expected life to look like this. While Charlie retired early, Lucy is devoted to a long-term career . . . until the day she has no choice.

Forced to retire from her position as music educator in a small Midwestern K-8 school, Lucy can only watch helplessly as the program her father started years ago disintegrates before her eyes. As the music fades and a chasm separates her from the passion of her heart, Lucy wonders if her faith's song has gone silent, too. The musical score of her life seems to be missing all the notes.

When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees---and hears---everything.

My thoughts: SONG OF SILENCE  is Ms Ruchti's latest book. Realistic, at times like this about a school cutting budgets, eliminating music and the arts and the teacher forced into early retirement--whether she wants it or not. In this case, she did not. And Lucy struggled greatly, falling into depression, despite her wonderfully supportive husband and children. 

While impeccably written, timely, and with realistic characters, I found the overall tone depressing for me as a reader. I guess that's a sign the author did a fantastic job conveying the emotions if she depresses the reader, but most people (myself included) we don't read to get depressed. Life does a good enough job on it's own. Thank you very much. 

I have read all of Cynthia's books so far and loved most of them (with the exception of one) and now this one is joining that one. Not my favorite. That said, Ms. Ruchti is an extremely talented author and I applaud her for tackling this tough topic and writing it with such style.  3.5 stars. 



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 Meet the Author
Cynthia Ruchti is the author of the critically acclaimed Where the Morning Glory Blooms and They Almost Always Come Home. After 33 years as writer/producer of the daily 15-minute radio broadcast, The Heartbeat of the Home, Cynthia served a two-year term as president of American Christian Fiction Writers and currently serves as ACFW's Professional Relations Liaison. In addition to writing novels, devotionals, and magazine articles, she speaks for women's events and writers' conferences. Cynthia and her plot-tweaking husband live in Central Wisconsin, where she creates stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark.


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As the music fades and a chasm separates her from the passion of her heart, will Lucy's faith song go silent, too? Find out in Cynthia Ruchti's new book, Song of Silence. The musical score of her life seems to be missing all the notes. When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees—and hears—everything.




Celebrate the release of Song of Silence with a blog tour and giveaway. Two winners will be chosen!







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One grand prize winner will receive:










  • A copy of Song of Silence







  • A $150 Visa cash card



  • One second place winner will receive:










    • A copy of Song of Silence







    • A music-themed prize pack filled with goodies hand-picked by Cynthia



    • Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on May 9th. The winners will be announced May 10th on Cynthia's blog.







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      1 comment:

      Sue W said...

      I am about 3/4's done with reading this title and it has touched me on every single page. I was an educator(librarian) who retired by choice, but there are still times, five years later, when I feel my identity as that person who loved being a librarian slipping away. Before I retired our district faced some huge budget cuts and at one point it seemed that that elementary music and art might be the next cuts. I worried about retiring, fearing that the district might see library media specialist as a job to eliminate after I was gone. Thankfully none of that happened. My husband had retired before me (although he had a second part time career). Despite a solid marriage, we are very different people, and I could connect so many times to Lucy's silent thoughts. I may feel differently when I finish the book, but right now I almost feel SONGS OF SILENCE is part marriage manual and part self-help, all built on a story that feels so close and true. I respect your take on the story, and like to find that there are always different opinions on books. I find sometimes I am the one who is slightly bored and less than enthralled with a book, and others happily sing its praises. Glad we are all unique, even as readers.

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