1. A Fragile Hope
    A Fragile Hope
    Cynthia Ruchti
    Abingdon Press / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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    5 Stars Out Of 5 35 Reviews
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Fragile Hope
    April 16, 2017
    gccbookworm
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wow! This is a gripping story that holds you spell-bound until the very end! "A Fragile Hope" is the journey of Josiah Chamberlain as he tries to save his marriage, his faith, and find hope. Josiah is an esteemed writer and speaker on marriage until it comes to his own - then he is clueless. Josiah finishes writing his book and exits his home office anticipating celebrating with his wife, Karin. But Karin is not home. She doesn't answer her phone. Disappointment and anger mount. Then the phone rings and Josiah's world begins to spin out of his control. What he discovers shakes the foundation of his marriage, his love for his wife. Don't miss this book by Cynthia Ruchti. Follow Josiah's journey. Be shaken. Find redemption.

    I received this book for free to give my honest opinion from LitFuse Publicity.
  2. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Sort of an adult coming of age story
    April 13, 2017
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for A Fragile Hope - eBook.
    Ruchti has created an interesting novel that is a sort of adult coming of age story. Josiah, the main character, is a successful marriage counselor whose career skyrocketed. He is a popular seminar leader and bestselling author. He has been totally oblivious to the fact that his own marriage has been in trouble. When his wife is in an automobile accident, we are along with Josiah as he spends time in the hospital waiting room. His wife is unresponsive but he has interactions with others that shed light on his own marriage, especially how he has treated his wife.

    I find it interesting when an author writes a novel with the main character of the opposite sex, as is the case here. I have no idea if the thoughts and actions of Josiah truly represent those of a male in this situation or if they are what we women desire a male would think and do.

    I felt the novel got off to a rough start. The first chapter focuses on the jumbled thoughts of the wife before the accident. It seemed so jumbled and cryptic it was hard to follow. Facts come to light as the novel progresses that help explain that first chapter but I would have rather had it initially clearer. Otherwise, the first chapter could have been skipped all together and we readers find out the truth along with Josiah. Either way, I think I would have enjoyed the rest of the novel more.

    Most of the novel consists of Josiah's thoughts and the transformation that results. Sometimes I felt the material was repetitive while at other times I was captivated. I found myself skimming paragraphs at times to see if his thoughts moved the plot forward or not.

    I recommend this novel to those who like reading about the character transformation a husband goes through when he is forced to face the reality of his attitude toward his marriage and his wife. I am not sure it is a novel men would enjoy but I think women would find it a different yet satisfying romance. We women like to see this kind of transformation in a man who initially had his wife as part of a successful career, not as a friend and lover. There is a strong Christian message in the novel as faith becomes an important element in Josiah's transformation. Discussion questions are included so this novel would be a good choice for a reading group.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this novel through Litfuse. My comments are an independent and honest review.
  3. Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Astonishingly good
    April 13, 2017
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a profoundly moving story! A Fragile Hope took me by surprise as it led me in a direction I wasn't expecting. Filled with raw emotions and the vulnerability of being human, Ruchti takes her characters (and readers) on an impactful journey of discovery. Forgiveness. Grace. Hope. The impact faith can have on every aspect of your life.

    Truthfully, I didn't like Josiah very much in the beginning. Self-absorbed, egotistical, he has unconsciously elevated himself above his wife and Karin naturally struggles with being taken for-granted. And then his world implodes and emotions are stripped bare. Josiah has to re-evaluate everything he thought he knew and in the process he grows into a deeper understanding of what love really is.

    My thanks to Abingdon Press and Litfuse Publicity Group for providing me with a copy of this book.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Fragile Hope
    April 12, 2017
    Britney Adams
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    A Fragile Hope is a beautiful story! Ruchti takes readers on a compelling journey, one experienced alongside the characters. My senses were engaged and my emotions stirred, as I savored this story and its thoughtful messages. Perceptive and powerful, A Fragile Hope is not to be missed!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
  5. Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Incredible story. A work of art....and heart.
    April 9, 2017
    Mocha with Linda
    Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Every time I read a book by Cynthia Ruchti, I am awed by the gift God has bestowed on her...the ability to craft a story and communicate hope in such a beautiful and powerful manner. There are so many things to love about this novel, beginning with the exquisite cover and irresistible title. And oh, the story! Though her brushstrokes are made typing on a computer, Ruchti transforms mere words into a work of art. Josiah and Karin are easy to relate to, which makes the story that much more compelling and touching. While most of the story is written from Josiah's perspective, Karin's voice and thoughts are included throughout, and my heart ached for both of them. Although it was initially easy to be annoyed with Josiah, Ruchti wisely avoids making him a caricature, and I empathized with his struggles. Read this one with the tissue box nearby, although wry and humorous moments lighten the story, just as smiles and sorrow often intertwine in real life. Though a tenuous thread is all that separates our everyday routines from the unexpected, A Fragile Hope reminds us that just a tiny seed of faith can make a mountain of difference. Anyone familiar with Cynthia Ruchti's books know that this is a must-read. For those just discovering this gifted author, this may be the first you read of her work, but it won't be the last!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Abingdon Press. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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