Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Book Review: As Waters Gone By

As Waters Gone ByAs 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 CafĂ©, 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?

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Cynthia Ruchti

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. Find Cynthia on the Web at www.cynthiaruchti.com.

This is a very heartfelt read, one that takes you to Madeline Island and Lake Superior.  Emmalyn has a tough battle to fight, trying to stay true to her husband that is currently in jail.

Restoring a cabin gives Emmalyn purpose, but to me, it's also symbolic.  Not only is she restoring a cabin, but can doing so help her restore her faith?

Cynthia has a way of writing that makes you feel like you are one of the characters, you feel like you are a part of their lives...she's an amazing writer.  Her words create vivid images and I just felt as though everything came alive off of every page I read, each page better than the last.

I went through just about every emotion I had while reading this book, it was entertaining, thought provoking, at times sad, and happy as well.  A great summer read! ...cannot wait for more from Cynthia.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Litfuse


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