About the Book:
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:
Speaker and award-winning author, Cynthia Ruchti draws from 33 years experience writing and producing a daily radio broadcast to tell stories hemmed in Hope through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction. She serves as the professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers. Cynthia and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin.
I read Cynthia Ruchti’s first book, They Almost Always Come Home, back in 2010 and I really did enjoy it (my review of it sort of gave me goose bumps). As soon as I began reading As Waters Gone By I knew I’d have a hard time putting it down before I was done with it – I was right, putting it down was hard. Cynthia’s books are real, and this one is no different – it’s real, it’s raw and honest – which is how I’m trying to live my life now, real, raw and honest so I see this book differently than I saw her first. Emmalyn is a woman who has been hurt, by the women in her life (mom and sisters) and also by her husband who is in prison – she’s lost their house, her job and is feeling hopeless when she arrives on Madeline Island. Then she meets Boozie (AKA Bougie, no need to get angry about the alcohol reference!). She begins to rehab the cottage she and her husband bought, meets a young man on probation and in the process begins the work of reviving a marriage she thought was dead or at least dying.
At times I was laughing out loud and at others I was crying – my emotions ran the gamut with this book – and I think I needed that. In a way I can empathize with Emmalyn, her husband is no longer living at her side and so all the fears of what to do come to the surface. Of course the similarities end there, longing for children Emmalyn is unable to have them, her husband is still alive even if he isn’t there physically and then there is his child from a previous relationship. Through the book, Emmalyn shares her heart and as she walks through the rocky road of forgiveness I saw her change, she embraced who she was and quit wallowing in self pity and when she forgave herself she could then begin to forgive others and not focus on their flaws. I’d have to say this is one of the more inspiring books I’ve read in a long time and I would definitely recommend for those who want a truly inspiring read, one that reads fast and will leave you wanting more forgiveness and grace in life.
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Can a marriage survive when separated by hundreds of miles and impenetrable prison walls? Find out in Cynthia Ruchti’s new book, As Waters Gone By. 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.
Cynthia is celebrating the release of As Waters Gone By by giving away a summer of fun to one lucky reader!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A $100 cash card to put toward your trip to Madeline Island (discover the beauty of the setting of As Waters Gone By) or your summer vacation destination
- A book-club set (10 copies of As Waters Gone By and a downloadable starter kit) so you can start your own summer book club
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 10th. The winner will be announced June 11th on Cynthia’s blog.
Plus, now through mid-July, sign up for Cynthia’s mailing list for a five-day virtual tour around Madeline Island for the chance to win a Hemmed in Hope prize pack. Each day begins with an email from Cynthia that introduces where you’ll be “visiting” that day (all key places from As Waters Gone By) with various interactive elements, including“I wish you were here” postcards, trivia quizzes, and an ongoing Island scavenger hunt. The person who interacts the most will win a Hemmed in Hope prize pack (valued at more than $200). That includes:
- The letterpress block Hope sign from DaySpring
- A set of 6 Hemmed in Hope notecards showing a hope-themed Bible verse
- A leather “I can’t unravel, I’m hemmed in hope” journal
- Signed copies of each of Cynthia’s books, fiction and non-fiction