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Emmalyn and Max Ross may have to endure the fight of their lives to mend the tattered fabric of their marriage. His actions ensured that 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 Cafe', 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 is 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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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1426787278
ISBN-13: 9781426787270

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Emmalyn Ross never thought a person could feel this alone. Sustaining a marriage with a man who’s not by her side is no easy task, especially since her husband currently resides behind impenetrable prison walls. His actions stole her heart’s desire and gave their relationship a court-mandated five-year time-out. What didn’t fall apart that night fell apart in the intervening years.

Now, on a self-imposed exile to Madeline Island—one of the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior—Emmalyn starts rehabbing an old hunting cottage they’d purchased when life made sense. Restoring it may put a roof over her head, but a home needs more than a roof and walls, just as a marriage needs more than vows and a license. With only a handful of months before her husband is released, Emmalyn must figure out if and how they can ever be a couple again. And his silence isn’t helping.

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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. Hally Franz
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Cynthia Ruchti Speaks to Each Reader
    November 12, 2015
    Hally Franz
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    How often during church services has the minister said just the thing YOU needed to hear on that particular day? It happens sometimes, and it may very well happen as you read "As Waters Gone By." Cynthia Ruchti, as always, builds characters that are interesting and original, but also relatable. And, these folks experience or have experienced a variety of situations and struggles throughout their lives that many of us will have dealt with in our own lives.

    Whether it is loss, infertility, or incarceration, Ruchti's Emmalynn learns that those trials and the feelings of hopelessness are mightily met and countered with second chances, grace, and strength provided in His word. And, she find a place (described so wonderfully, you will want to visit), and a group of friends and mentors who will help her make that powerful discovery.

    This is a book that will linger a while after reading! I received a copy from Abingdon Press in exchange for an honest review.

  2. Ramagnes
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Hope Is An Anchor
    July 16, 2015
    Ramagnes
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for As Waters Gone By.
    Im not a fiction reader, but Cynthia Ruchtis books are an exception, especially As Waters Gone By. Her heart mending story of Emmalyn Ross is a skillful weaving of setting and stretcher bearers. With her home and business gone and her estranged husband Maxs upcoming release from jail, Emmalyn withdraws from her fractious family and heads to a hunting cabin on Lake Superiors Madeline Island.

    Ruchtis carefully crafted descriptions of the island and people, especially the colorful Bougie (Boozie) at the Wild Iris Inn, encourage the reader to savor every detail. Clue-like, Emmalyns cabin restoration steps are intertwined with the unexpected help of caring strangers.

    Her descriptions of Madeline Island invite the reader to a quieter time and place for contemplation:

    A flock of seabirds too far from the shore to identify circled, dipped, and fluttered. They lifted from the surface of the water in a frenzy of sunset-flecked wings and caw-noise. Their flock formed an ever-changing shape against the backdrop of the sky. Rising, dropping toward the water, morphing into another dance form and rising again. She watched until they leaped offstage, to waters beyond her view. Waters gone by.

    Waters gone byand hope upon hope for a better future woven with the fine threads of small miracles: a pottery mug, a skylight, firewood, tomato bisque soup, a dog named Comfort, and the profoundly simple words of a child, Hope is an anchor.

    This fiction story invites you to find your Madeline Island in search of hope that heals.

    Note Litfuse Publicity Group and Abingdon Press sent me a copy of Cynthia Ruchtis new book As Waters Gone By in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Beverly
    Ohio
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Slow start culminates to a wonderful story.
    July 5, 2015
    Beverly
    Ohio
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for As Waters Gone By.
    The story was filled with the sensitive topics of incarceration, infertility, and emotional distance. I like the way the author dealt with these topics within the story, bringing about forgiveness, restoration, peace, and faith.

    The early chapters of the book seemed a little disconnected, slow, and difficult to follow, but later came together to a wonderful story that was difficult to put down. I think a deeper background of the characters would have given me a quicker connection with them, and would have helped the early chapters flow easier for me. Overall, this book is certainly a worthy read. I think you will find the later chapters certainly make up for anything you may find lacking in the early chapters.

    A copy of this book was provided to me by NetGallery in exchange for my honest review.
  4. oregonheidi
    Oregon
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Her best yet!
    June 26, 2015
    oregonheidi
    Oregon
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Cynthia Ruchtis As Waters Gone By has to be the best book Ive read all year. This story, genuine and filled with vulnerability, offers a wisdom rarely shared. Em is a broken woman struggling to build a new life for herself on a tiny island far from home. Jobless and friendless, she needs to come to terms with mourning a child never born, and a marriage she allowed to fail. Her situation seems hopeless. But Godthe source of all things gooddelivers hope to her in helpings she can digest, sometimes in the faith of new and quirky friends, sometimes in her surroundings. Sometimes in the eyes of a child. Reading Cynthias carefully crafted tale, youll find yourself stopping several times just to savor the words shes spun. This is a book youll choose to keep, both on your shelf and in your heart.
  5. Joan K. Landis
    Perkiomenville, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Not to be missed
    June 24, 2015
    Joan K. Landis
    Perkiomenville, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Cynthia Ruchti has crafted a tender story about hope and redemption. This story drew me in and wouldn't let me go until the end. Well developed characters that spoke to the soul. The main character Emmalyn found hope and peace in her life. Great writing skill, a delightful read. I would recommend this book.
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