3/08/2010

They Almost Always Come Home

Cynthia Ruchti
2010
Abingdon Press
Fiction/Contemporary

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Libby's daughter died three years ago and she is sure if she had been home that day that Lacey would still be alive.  The guilt and blame are eating her up, she blames herself and she blames her husband Greg.  In fact it is creating a wedge between them.  She just doesn't truly realize how much of a wedge until Greg does not return from one of his "wilderness" voyages. 
She truly thought her marriage was over and all love was lost, but now that Greg is missing, she is finding out deep within herself that maybe things are not as dire as she thought.  Setting off with her best friend Jen, and her father-in-law Frank, they go into the Canadian wilderness to search for Greg.  Will they find him alive?  Will they find him at all?  Libby truly comes face to face with her thoughts, her hurts and her possible future.  Her best friend Jen, has a spot of cancer on her ribs and is afraid to tell her about it not wanting to add to her burden.  She is amazed at the strength and love her friend has for her.
Cynthia Ruchti has written a wonderful story that will keep you wondering.  As a debut novel, it truly is awe inspiring and wonderfully written.  Discussion questions at the end of the book  300 pages $13.99 US 4 stars
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

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