1. A Fragile Hope
    A Fragile Hope
    Cynthia Ruchti
    Abingdon Press / 2017 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    a must-read and so inspiring!
    April 28, 2017
    Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Cynthia's books are always so inspiring and full of heart. Her latest, "A Fragile Hope," is no exception and it is a beautiful story of forgiveness, grace and hope. Josiah's marriage is in shambles and he is oblivious to this face until a crisis. Josiah is not sure how to handle this, being his own, as he is a professional in this area. Karin is unhappy, she feels that others know and understand her better than Josiah, her own husband. When Karin is in an accident Josiah learns unsettling news and is forced to put the pieces together and realize the true state of how things are.

    Cynthia has done an amazing job of weaving together this story filled with heartache, and yet hope as well. The characters are so real and are so easy to empathize with. I also loved the "sayings" at the beginning of each chapter; this is such a nice touch and addition to the book. I highly recommend this book, you will not want to stop reading once you start!
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