Okay, this seldom happens--actually, almost never!--but I have a new name to add to my very short "favorite author" list: Cynthia Ruchti. Cynthia is President of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and she deserves it! They Almost Always Come Home is her debut novel, and it's a blockbuster! Seriously, I not only thoroughly enjoyed the story as a reader, but as a writer I was captivated by Cynthia's talent and ability. This is one of those instances when I so enjoyed an author's first book that I will make sure I'm on the lookout for all the rest of them.They Almost Always Come Home is a poignant love story, a real-life, no-holds-barred, right-from-the-heart tale of two people torn apart over a wrenching loss and ready to call it quits. Then one of them gets lost, and they both begin a harrowing, danger-filled journey home. The question is, will there be anything left once they get there?Set in the beautiful northern woods of rugged Canada, this page-turning, heartbreaking/heartwarming story is truly one of the best I've read in a very long time. Thank you, Cynthia, for calling us back to the Father's heart through your perfectly chosen words.
They Almost Always Come Home Novel by Cynthia RuchtiWhy is it that we have to lose something before we appreciate its value? Most importantly, why is that we have to lose someone before we appreciate their value? This is what I took away from the powerful debut novel by my good friend, Author Cynthia Ruchti. They Almost Always Come Home is a tightly written mixture of smart humor and sober life lessons. From the very first page until the last, I was drawn into the lives of its very human characters. I read quite a few books and many, while their subject matter is good, the writing is laborious. Reading becomes a discipline and a chore. But They Almost Always Come Home is neither. Cynthias writing is so very tight, her word choice so delicate, like the painter who painstakingly chooses just the right shade for the canvas. The pacing is perfect. It has neither the break-neck speed of a thriller, nor the tiresome plodding of some literary novels. Cynthia carefully and methodically walks you through the real-life struggles and adventure of a woman not only searching for her lost husband, but searching for her lost heart. You will not only come away with a greater appreciation for the beauty of the Northwoods, you will look again at your own relationships and your own relationships, planting the seeds of selflessness and Christ-like love that help them blossom through the seasons of life. I highly recommend They Almost Always Come Home as a delightful and captivating summer read.
A cant-hardly-bear-to-stop-reading emotional thriller. This story of self-examination, renewal and honest insight is hauntingly relevant to this era of many living alone within marriage.Just when Libbys quest seems to reach the point of no return, the reader is dramatically switched to Gregs side of the story, and the circle of understanding is completed. How poignant to be reminded to review all sides of an issue before allowing emotions to draw a conclusion.The story may be fiction, but it is so filled with reality, crisp and honest exposure of a couples public and personal personas that one hurts and rejoices with Hannah and Greg. Further, the quality of writing and characterization compels one to look within and examine our own relationships and faith-walk.This is not the average superficial fiction-romance that you know will end up happily-ever-after, but a fictionalized intimate view of the possibilities of loss and ultimately, the hope of redemption leading to new choices based on a personal relationship with Christ.
Fear. Stark, gripping fear.THEY ALMOST ALWAYS COME HOME opens with a fear that closes in on Libby Holden as she realizes her husband, Greg, is missing. Alone on what he intended as his dream trip through the Canadian wilderness, he hasnt returned. Not yet. And maybe not ever.Libbys fears compound as the search begins. They magnify as she confronts her true feelings about her failing marriage, her missed opportunities, and her own failures. As she, her best friend, and her irascible but wilderness-savvy father-in-law embark on a journey to find her husband, Libby doesnt realize shes on a journey to discover much more.As I read this debut novel, I found myself turning the pages and drinking in great gulps of story as though someone might snatch it away before I quenched my thirst. Ruchtis plot captured me. Her characters moved me. And her gifts of language and imagery left me in awe.Every great novel has the goal of story and the result of inner change. THEY ALMOST ALWAYS COME HOME tells a compelling tale that moved me to reexamine myself and my own often-selfish approach to life and relationships. As it moves back and forth between fear and faith, the book leaves the reader with a sense of satisfactionand a longing for more.
My husband has been begging me for years to join him on a boundary waters canoe trip. I had no idea that I would embark on a virtual tour with this amazing novel. Not only was I inspired to pick up a paddle and join my sweetheart before it's too late, but I was also challenged to look deeper into the deep waters of my marriage. This book caught me by the heart, drew me into Libby's struggles and brought me to tears with its depth of emotion. Thank you Cynthia for an inspiring read!