Thursday, June 4, 2015

As Waters Gone By

As Waters Gone By Cynthia Ruchti

As Waters Gone By 

by Cynthia Ruchti    

Contemporary Fiction
Abingdon Press 

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 thoughts: AS WATERS GONE BY is a book that will tuck on your heartstrings, reach out and draw you in and not let you go. It is that good. At first, I wasn't real sure what to think about it. Emmalyn seemed rather cold and stiff, and I wasn't sure even Ms. Ruchti would be able to make me care... but she did. I fell in love with the characters on Madeline Island -- Boozie Unfortunate, Pirate Joe, Kate, and her son. I laughed. I cried. It moved me. And now I'm closing this book like a friend I don't want to say goodbye to. I want to see more of these characters, see more of their futures, and revisit them again someday. A beautiful story. 5 stars.

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 Meet the Author

Speaker and award-winning author, Cynthia Ruchti draws from 33 years experience writing and producing a daily radio broadcast to tell stories hemmed in Hope through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction. She serves as the professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers. Cynthia and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin.

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