Restoring Christmas  -     By: Cynthia Ruchti
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Restoring Christmas, by Cynthia Ruchti

Alexis Blake a designer who wants to have her own Home Project Network show. Elsie is a client in her seventies who knows what she wants and will not be persuaded by a designer.  Gabe Langley is the camera man caught in the middle. Does he have the wisdom to help these women restore more than just a house?

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Worthy Inspired
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.00 X 1.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1617957070
ISBN-13: 9781617957079

Author Bio

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope. She’s the award-winning author of more than fifteen 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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Alexis Blake has one chance to land her own show on the Home Project Network and nothing—not an uncooperative client, a job site without indoor plumbing, or a challenging videographer—is going to stand in her way. Elsie, at seventy-plus, is far from the ideal client, but she knows exactly what she wants her fieldstone house to look like, and no designer can tell her otherwise. Gabe Langley, the man with the camera, is caught in the middle and it is his wisdom and warmth that just may be the bridge that will bring these two women together. Can they restore more than just a house and bring about special, almost lost forever Christmas memories?

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  1. Minnesota
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Touched my soul..
    December 6, 2016
    Fromtheheart
    Minnesota
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Restoring Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti is a book that touched my soul. It is the perfect Christmas book filled with emotion, tradition, and hope. It touches on so many different kinds of relationships, good and difficult. It shows there can be healing when there is caring and persistence.

    I love home improvement shows and fix-it shows. This book is based on a designer trying to get her own show by doing a home makeover at Christmastime. As with any makeover of an older home, not everything goes right, plus the homeowner is not on board with the designer's ideas. She is an older woman resistant to change and stuck in the past in many ways. How does Alexis connect with her? Plus the videographer she hired hurts his back and the son shows up to take his place. Can Gabe do a good enough job? Will he quit talking and using Christmas references long enough to do what he is supposed to do? The house makeover ends up being much more than just a home.

    The story has so much depth and makes you realize what Christmas is truly about. It is about sharing Jesus' love selflessly and with the other person's best interest at heart.

    Cynthia's book showed me that selfless love in so many ways. It challenged me and encouraged me. It made me want to reach out to others. This is a book I will read again and again.

  2. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Christmas book with heart and message for all ages
    December 6, 2016
    Millstreetreader
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It was while reading Cynthia Ruchti's AS WATERS GONE BY, set on Madeline Island just off Bayfield, WI, that I first learned that Ruchti resided in Wisconsin. A new to me Wisconsin author? One who wrote multi-layered hopeful, yet realistic contemporary stories set in places that I adore? What more could I ask for? How about characters that spanned the generations and Christian themes? How about quality writing? Could I have possibly found an author who delivered on all these points? I quickly searched out previous titles and have followed her new releases ever since and I can confidently say that Cynthia Ruchti delivers on all counts.

    So when I read early this summer that Ruchti was working on a Christmas novella, I had hopes that the story would rise above the sweet, but not profound quality of most holiday works. For her story RESTORING CHRISTMAS, Ruchti travels to Lake Michigan's western shore and the small town of Algoma just south of Door County and Green Bay. Once a hardy fishing village (I believe there are still some commercial fishermen who leave from this area and there are definitely fishing charters for the sports fishermen), Algoma today is a bit of a quiet tourist area. As the book opens, Alexis Blake, a struggling Chicago interior designer, has just arrived in town for what may be the job that will thrust her into national recognition and her own Heart and Home television show (think HGTV channel crossed with Hallmark). Her task is to remodel a stone country home, decorate it for the holidays, and end the filming with a "homespun"get together with the owner and her family. Immediately, two huge obstacles stand in the young designer's way. First, the videographer she has hired is a no-show and Alexis is not sure if George Langley's son Gabe is an able replacement. Second is the homeowner herself, Elsie Raymond. Quiet and reclusive, Elsie never entered the contest that selected her home for a remodel. Thanks to a neighbor, she has won and now must put up with a work crew tramping across her yard and into her home. But that does not mean she has to like what is happening and she certainly does not have to be cordial.

    Every aspect of this house transformation is a struggle, but with Gabe's help, Alexis learns that restoration is not just a term for house design, but can also applies to the brokenness of human life.

    And we all have our own tales of brokenness. In this season when we remember the greatest healer, the one who came to restore each of us, it was a joy to read this hopeful, gentle novel. I loved that we got to experience Elsie's gruff manner and mysterious ways without a bit of explanation until the end, so that we could come to care for her despite her rough edges, just as Gabe and Alexis do. I loved that the book, like Ruchti's other writings, provide characters of many ages. While twenties and thirties will like this book, so will other ages of readers, even an oldie like me. This book would be a great stocking stuffer for the readers in your family, book club gift exchange, or a Sunday School teacher. I received a copy of this book from Worthy Publishers for review purposes.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Restoring Christmas
    November 12, 2016
    Britney Adams
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    Restoring Christmas is delightful tale! Cynthia Ruchti invites readers to an old fieldstone farmhouse on the shores of Lake Michigan for a complete restoration of home and hope. Reminiscent of the TV show Fixer Upper, I thoroughly enjoyed the charm of these characters and the warmth and wisdom found in their story. Alexis, Elsie, and Gabe share a special journey that is sure to touch your heart this holiday season!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
  4. Kentucky
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Ultimate Restoration
    November 8, 2016
    Connie
    Kentucky
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Some Christmas books are excellent stories but I am never prompted to read them again. Some Christmas books are outstanding stories that I MUST read again and again. Restoring Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti is going to be one of the latter! I will read it again each Christmas season because it contains the truth of what Christmas should be. Yes, it is fiction but the underlying theme relates the age-old story of God sending His Son to be our Savior; God sending His Son to restore our souls.

    The main characters Alexis and Gabe are like many of us. Life and circumstances have left them hurt, battered and broken and they have struggled to find their "true North". This sweet story shows us Alexis' s reluctance to give in to her attraction to Gabe. This is a bit hard for me to understand because I loved his enthusiasm, his optimism, his sincerity and his very deep faith.

    The author allows us to watch their relationship deepen as they work to restore the older home of another person who has also suffered great hurt and difficulties. I hated to finish this story because I want to learn more. I want to watch their relationship grow; I want to know if Elsie will be a part of their lives and yes, I want to see if Alexis and Gabe develop a successful working partnership.

    Restoring Christmas is a timeless story to enjoy during this holiday season and to remember long after. Author Cynthia Ruchti has created some wonderful thought-provoking quotes and she has painted beautiful pictures with her words. But most of all, she has reminded ME that none of us are beyond restoration if we beieve in The Greatest Restorer of all!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Worthy Inspired Publishing and Cynthia Ruchti but I was not required to write a review.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful story
    November 5, 2016
    Melissa
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Restoring Christmas is the story of a designer, Alexis Blake, who has a short amount of time to transform an old house into a beauty. If she completes her job correctly, she may have her own show on the Home Project Network. However, she needs the help of Elsie,who owns the home, Gabe,who is a videographer and also, the construction crew. Gabe's Christmas tree is still up from last year. There is a special reason Gabe has not taken it down.

    This is a touching story, reminding the reader that we all have a past. Some people collect treasures from their past and keep them in lock boxes or safe places. We never know what we will find in attics or other special places.

    While reading this heartwarming story, I was reminded to ask my elders about their lives and events that they remember. There are stories just waiting to be told.

    I love Christmas and reading Christmas stories. This is a story that I will read over and over.

    I received a copy of this story from the author and this is my honest opinion.
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