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.