Song of Silence
by Cynthia Ruchti
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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