Wednesday, June 10, 2015

As Waters Gone By by Cynthia Ruchti

About the book:
As Waters Gone By (Abingdon, May 2015)

How can a marriage survive when separated by hundreds of miles and impenetrable prison walls?

Emmalyn and Max Ross may have to endure the fight of their lives to mend the tattered fabric of their marriage. His actions ensured 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 Café, 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 if 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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About the author:
Cynthia Ruchti has more than three decades of radio broadcast experience with Heartbeat of the Home radio and currently serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers.

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My Take:  I enjoyed this book very much.  It is definitely going on my reread pile. I liked going on this journey with Emmalyn as she is starting her new life on the island that she and her husband bought a cottage on that up until know was only used as a hunting cabin.  She has to decide if she wants to give up on her marriage like her husband has asked her to file for divorce or fight for her marriage.  This is a hard decision as her husband made a mistake that has impacted their lives immensly.  He is serving the fourth year of a five year prison sentence and she has to sell the house because she has run out of options and she has to start all over on the island.  While she is starting all over she meets some of the quirky residents of the island and they help her to see that life isn't always perfect but it does have it's moments.  

I received a review copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.

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