Cynthia Ruchti’s “They Almost Always Come Home” – Book Giveaway

I tend to review only the books I like. And of the several books I read lately, I reviewed every one of them. And… I’m about to do it again. It’s a fantastic read by author Cynthia Ruchti, They Almost Always Come Home.

I picked up this book for two reasons:

First, the cover spoke to me. Loud and clear, I heard it say mystery… suspense… the kind of books I love to get lost into. Second, I’d met Cynthia Ruchti in Chicago at the Write to Publish Conference last June. This urged me even more to pick it up.

Here’s the scoop on this book.

When her husband, Greg, doesn’t come home from a fishing trip, Libby reports him missing to the police but soon realizes she has to look for him. With the help of her best friend Jenika, and  Greg’s father, Frank, she heads to the Canadian wilderness where she believes Greg has gone. So many questions run through Libby’s mind. What could have happened that delayed his return? Did he leave her? Did something terrible happen to him? Is he even alive?

The story is more than just about Libby and Greg’s marriage, though. Since the death of their daughter Lacey three years ago, their marriage hasn’t been the same and they begin to grow apart. Alone while her two sons are traveling abroad, Libby is now forced to think long and hard about what she really wants out of her relationship with the man she married, for better or worse.

One of the things I love most about the book is Ruchti’s sense of humour. You’re absolutely right if you think her husband’s disappearance is no laughing matter. But the author is witty and at times right down-to-earth  hilarious. Yes, even when dealing with serious matters. This is not to say she turns this drama into a comedy. There’s a time and place for everything, and she uses laughter only when appropriate.

There’s something else I love about this book. Ruchti is phenomenal at using the “show-don’t-tell” principle of writing. You always get a clear picture of Libby’s surroundings, whether at she’s at home, in the car, and even in the wilderness. But this story is highly emotional and Ruchti shows Libby’s agony, pain, sorrow, and even misery, in such a way that you become Libby, and you don’t just feel her pain, you know it. Personally, I’ve never experienced the loss of a child and can only try to imagine what it’s like. But after reading this book, I can have a better understanding.

I sat on pins and needles waiting to find out why Greg didn’t come home, and never would have guessed what happened to him, nor did expect that kind of ending. But it’s all good! This book is an “edge of your seat” kind of read. Those familiar with my blog know I never give spoilers. You’ll have to read the book. And it’s well worth it, I might add.

It is a Christian story, which I didn’t find preachy. Ruchti adds a nice touch to the story by quoting a few biblical passages which have their places in the story. Christians are not immune to struggles and suffering, though some seem to think so. Libby goes through a major faith struggle in light of many things happening in her life.

This said, I dare you to go ahead and get this book. Oh wait, I promised a giveaway, didn’t I!!! If you want a chance to win a copy of They Almost Always Come Home, make sure you leave a comment and click on the Facebook and/or Twitter link under the comment box. It’s that simple.

Then, get yourself a box of tissues because you’ll need them for both sets of tears… joy and sadness.

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26 thoughts on “Cynthia Ruchti’s “They Almost Always Come Home” – Book Giveaway

  1. Renee-Ann, your review blessed me to my toes! It’s always so meaningful when someone falls into the story and lives it with the characters! Thank you for your kind words and for expressing so many insightful comments.

    • Cynthia, your book blessed me immensely. That’s why I “tell it like it is”.

      The story helped me appreciate the simple things in life many (myself included) take for granted. It was breathtaking to visualize the scenery you described. But best of all, your book made me take a closer look at my marriage. After 24 beautiful years, we still act like honeymooners, but hey, no relationship is perfect and we do have our moments! Looking at the big picture though, we’re truly blessed and reading this story simply showed me how much.

      In God’d Love,

      Renee-Ann

  2. Renee-Ann
    You have given me the readers bug.Hehehe…. I now must read this book. Just love books that bring you into the story as if your really there. Really good Christian writers are so hard to find. Thanks for sharing. Adding it to my must read list.
    Blessings
    Theresa

      • Cynthia, I’m So happy Renee-Anne did this review. I have been reading only one Christian writers work for a long time now because I did not think that there where other good Christian writers out there. So now I’m very excited to be able to have two good writers to choose from. Keep’em coming! 😀

  3. Norah, I still smile when I think about how beautifully Renee-Ann captured the heart of this novel in her review. Authors LONG for someone to give their book a review like this. Can’t wait to get Renee-Ann a copy of When the Morning Glory Blooms, that releases in April! 🙂

    • Thanks Cynthia, Yippee! Another book! I look forward to reading it. See? It “pays” to be a book blogger! It’s been a great year book wise, I’ve read excellent titles. 🙂

      Blessings

      Renee-Ann

    • Hi Rose,

      no it’s not too late. If you linked the comment to your FB page, you’re “in the running” as they say. 🙂

      And yes, the cover appealed to me too when I saw it. Get this book, whether you win or buy it. You’ll be happy you did.

      Blessings,

      Renee-Ann

    • Thanks for your comments on the cover, Rose. It’s hard to convey both mystery and hope in one cover, but I think the Abingdon team did a great job with this. Part of the back cover copy says, “He was supposed to be fishing. He was supposed to come home. And she was supposed to care.” I think this cover conveys that in a wonderfully subtle way.

      • I hadn’t seen the back blurb. But if the cover hadn’t caught my eyes, I’m certain that blurb would have. It’s strange how two people can look at the same book but pick it up for different reasons. I suppose some people ‘can’ judge a book by its cover ! I did, and I was dead on! 🙂

  4. Hi Renee! Nice blog – and thank you for the book reviews. I work at a public library and we definitely need book reviews to know what to purchase. I will request this book from library and maybe they’ll buy it if they don’t have it already! Sounds like a great read.

    TLC Nielsen

    • Thanks for the comment Jaci.

      When I look at all the positive comments in here, i can’t help but think of the great impact it will have on this book. Thanks everyone for your awesome feedback.

      Be blessed

      Renee-Ann

  5. Thanks, Jaci. If any of you who have read the book want to post a review to amazon.com, bn.com, goodreads.com, or christianbook.com, that would be a tremendous blessing. And for those of you in the running for the free book, I hope to meet you in the pages!

    • Gladly. And those who posted on the comment tread on Facebook may want to post in here as well. Not everyone has access to my Facebook page but anyone can post in here. 🙂

      Good luck to those in the running for the a free book. 🙂

      Renee-Ann

  6. Fabulous review that served its purpose – making the reader want to read the book and search for the characters husband. I’m not sure if you already picked a winner but if it’s not too late I’m definitely interested!

    Enjoy reading whoever does win!

    And thank you for reading this,

    Sarah Butland

  7. Good Monday morning everyone. I received an email from Cynthia with the name of the book giveaway winner. Drumroll please…………

    Rose Chandler. You’ve Got yourself a copy of Cynthia’s book “They Almost Always Come Home.”

    Congratulations. And thank you to everyone who participated. Keep an eye on my blog, you never know which book I’ll review next with another book giveaway.

    Until then…. Blessings to all.

    Renee-Ann

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