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Marriage counselor Josiah Chamberlain has a high success rate repairing other couples' relationships. But when it comes to his own wife, things aren't what they not perfect. As she becomes unreachable, he feels betrayed. Now that love seems to have failed him, will his faith sear through the wall that separates them?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 142679150X
ISBN-13: 9781426791505

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Josiah Chamberlain's life's work revolves around repairing other people's marriages. When his own is threatened by his wife's unexplained distance, and then threatened further when she's unexpectedly plunged into an unending fog, Josiah finds his expertise, quick wit and clever quips are no match for a relationship that is clearly broken.

Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what’s left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?

Author Bio

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope. She’s the award-winning author of 16 books and a frequent speaker for women’s ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin. Visit her online at CynthiaRuchti.com.

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  1. Booklover10
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An honest story of a marriage that needs restoration
    May 6, 2017
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I was first introduced to Cynthia Ruchti a few years ago and I have eagerly looked for her new releases ever since. Each story I read leaves me wanting to read more and more of her books. As always, I was instantly swept away into the story from the first pages. One of the biggest reasons I love the books by Ruchti is because she writes raw and honest stories. She's not afraid to open up the emotions of her readers and take them on a journey they never really expected to take.

    A Fragile Hope tells the story of a marriage that is facing a disaster. Josiah doesn't think his marriage could possibly be in jeopardy. He was a fixer of other marriages. His own marriage was okay. Except it wasn't. His wife was not happy and found many reasons as to why her marriage needed help. It isn't until his wife is in an accident that he is forced to take a hard look at his own marriage and his own wife, and even his own life.

    I found Josiah really hard to like in the beginning. He was annoying and it bugged me that he just couldn't truly see his wife and acknowledge her feelings and thoughts. As the story kept unfolding, though, I began to grow a soft spot for Josiah. I think if readers are honest with themselves, they may see a little bit of Josiah in them, too. I appreciate fiction books that make me think about living a godly life and shows me some sin in my heart that I need to deal with.

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    I received this book from Litfuse Publicity Group.
  2. Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Outstanding
    May 2, 2017
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    One of my 'rules' for reading and reviewing is that I have to like the main character. It's hard to like a book (especially a romance) if you can't stand the hero.

    A Fragile Hope is the exception to that rule.

    Josiah Chamberlain is one of the most self-absorbed men you could ever hope to meet. He's a Christian relationship counsellor who has given up counselling in favour of writing best-selling self-help books while his wife dabbles in some little hobby business, selling home-made greeting cards.

    But he's forced to re-evaluate his life when Karin is involved in a fatal car accident, and ends up in ICU, unconscious. And she's apparently pregnant - after they've been told Josiah can't have children. This is the slightly frustrating cause of the Big Misundertanding, something that could have been sorted out early in the novel. But Josiah is the man who always has the right answer so it never occurs to him that he hasn't.

    I didn't like Josiah, but I kept reading out of some kind of macabre fascination. Would Mr Intelligent get a clue? And when?

    The other reason I kept reading was because of the writing. There were so much great writing, so many great lines. I appreciated the way the Christian themes were woven in, strong but not overwhelming or out of place. Overall, recommended for the outstanding writing, thought-provoking Christian themes, and a great character-driven story.

    Thanks to Abingdon Press and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
  3. Mark
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    great read
    May 1, 2017
    Mark
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I normally don't read books by this author, as she writes romance. However, I read a Christmas novel by her that I really enjoyed, so I decided to give this book a try. I like it a lot. Possibly because it focuses a lot on the male character, so it reads more like a man's book, in my opinion.

    Due to something I won't give away because of spoilers, the female lead is not active in the book much, so most of the interplay is between the male lead and other characters in the book. The book is a great read, and the author does a great job of showing what can break down a marriage, and the steps people should take to fix it.

    I liked the main character, Josiah, a lot. He had messed up badly, but when dealt a major curve ball, he stuck with his wife and was by her side for days, even when she was not responsive to him or anyone else.

    This is an encouraging and interesting read that shows God can work even when humans have messed up. Definitely 5 stars.

    And an aside: A coworker saw this book at work and asked to read it, She said she loves the author's books. After I loaned it to her, she discovered it was not the author she thought - Jodi Piccoult, but she still very much enjoyed the book and cried at the end - as did I.

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Deana
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fragile Hope
    April 30, 2017
    Deana
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is an emotional, heartfelt, and long journey to seeing the truth. I was very impressed with Josiah. Here is a man that helps others with their marriage , yet ironically his is falling apart before his eyes. It's funny how we sometimes are oblivious to things in our life. We think we have a good marriage and then bam, like Josiah, our world gets turned upside down. I loved how Josiah struggled with his faith and along the way, God placed people in his path that helped him call out to God. It is a very emotional book that I had a hard time keeping my tears in check.

    I will say that at first I thought the book was so biased and without remorse from Josiah that I didn't want to finish it. However with the brilliant writing the author opens up deep pockets of Josiah's life and let's him walk through pain and examine himself. I loved the scenes in the hospital when he was with his wife. His life has just been shattered with the injuries his wife sustained , but the author throws in a complete surprise. I wonder how many of us would walk away when we suspect our spouse of wrongdoing? I can't express enough how powerful this book is. The journey is sometimes dark, depressing, heartbreaking and overwhelming. Josiah encounters people who share their story to give him hope. I loved how the author keeps us on the edge not knowing if Josiah will hold on to hope or walk away.

    Life is fragile and in a blink of an eye, everything can change. I really loved Josiah's father-in-law. His love for his daughter was so real and I loved how he and Josiah had a relationship that was genuine . It was nice to see them support each other and continue to believe the impossible. The author did an amazing job of taking Josiah on a roller coaster ride of emotions and realize that his wife is worth fighting for. I encourage everyone to grab a copy of this book. It really made me think of my life and how I have taken things for granted. The author has written a book that will stay with you long after the last page is finished. Life is fragile , but there is always hope.

    I received a copy of this book from LitFuse. The review is my own opinion.
  5. kathae
    Front Royal, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heart wrenching, yet hopeful
    April 30, 2017
    kathae
    Front Royal, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Heart wrenching. Heartwarming. Miraculous.

    This book grabbed me from the first chapter and did not let go until the very final word.

    The reader is led to believe the very worst about Josiah and Karin's marriage and future, but through faith, the lives of family and friends, and the exhortation of Scripture, one thing kept cropping up. Hope.

    This story could be specifically encouraging to a reader facing marital problems, or anyone who has been in a long-term hospital situation. Or anyone who needs a story of hope to help them continue on the journey of life. I highly recommend this book.

    I received an ARC of this book from the author for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
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