Hope grows when seeds are planted-even in the muddy middle of life.
Josiah Chamberlain’s life’s work revolves around repairing other people’s marriages. When his own is threatened by his wife’s unexplained distance, and then threatened further when she’s unexpectedly plunged into an unending fog, Josiah finds his expertise, quick wit and clever quips are no match for a relationship that is clearly broken.
Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him.
Will what’s left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction
PUBLISHER: Abingdon Press
RELEASE DATE: April 4, 2017
“Hope doesn’t have an expiration date.”
My friend Beth over at Faithfully Bookish has a word for trying to “squeeze words out of feelings” – SWOOF. I will be swoofing throughout this entire review. What a riveting and touching novel!
Karin and Josiah’s story captivated me from the very first scene, and I could not put it down until I’d reached the last word. Though most of the novel is seen from Josiah’s perspective, I felt as though I knew Karin just as well – if not better. The exquisitely-talented way in which Cynthia Ruchti crafted their interactions, their thoughts, their stories – in light of their current situation – it all burrowed in my heart and refuses even now to let go.
Josiah begins as a character whom I’d like to purse whomp several times over, but his growth throughout the novel is both touching and authentic. Karin is someone you’ll want to gingerly hug more than once, and your heart will break for her pain. And for Josiah’s.
And Stan … oh be still my daddy’s-girl heart. Stan. He’s the one who made me cry and smile the most – sometimes both at once. He’s the first character I’d love to sit down with for a chat. The second would be Dr. Moore and/or Nancy Drew (yes, you read that right). Each are considered secondary (or even more minor) characters, perhaps, but for me they framed the main story with humor and humanity.
Bottom Line: Don’t let the title fool you. This story is anything but fragile. It’s a picture of vulnerability, yes, but even more so of strength. Of having everything you thought you knew ripped out from under you and struggling to stand under the onslaught. It’s not knowing how the story will turn out (for the characters or the reader) until the last pages. It’s learning how to truly love, how to truly forgive, and how to truly move past the past. Highly highly recommended.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 5 stars / In a class by itself
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Cynthia Ruchti tells stories-hemmed-in-hope through her award-winning novels, novellas, nonfiction, devotions, and speaking events for women and writers. She currently serves as professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), connecting the organization with retailers, libraries, book clubs, and readers. Cynthia and grade-school sweetheart husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five (to date) grandchildren.
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When your life’s work revolves around repairing other people’s marriages, what happens when your own marriage begins to fall apart? Find out what happens to Josiah Chamberlain in Cynthia Ruchti’s new book, A Fragile Hope. Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what’s left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?
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I’m not entering the giveaway, but I did just get this book last week (with a bunch of others–I’m reading A Fool and His Monet right now and am enjoying it) so now I’m going to be reading it next. Thanks for the recommendation!
oh you’ll love it, Sally!!
Thank you, Sally!
Looking forward to it, Cynthia. 🙂
This book hit me in the heartstrings! So riveting and touching. I had a hard time swoofing, too. Thanks for the review, Carrie.
Cynthia, thanks for sharing your time and talents. Your books have become must-reads for me. They are amazing!
yes – i agree 100% !!
Thank you so much, Winnie! You warmed my heart on this chilly spring day in the heart of Wisconsin.
Your opinion means so much, Joan! I appreciate it.
Love this! Well said!
thank you 😀
Thank you for the review which sounds like an amazing book. I would love to read A Fragile Hope. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read the review, Kay.
I am such a fan of Cynthia’s books and I hope to read A Fragile Hope very soon. Carrie, thanks for this excellent review.
Carrie’s reviews are always thoughtful and rich with insights. I agree, Connie. And thank you!
thank you, both of you *allthebubblehearts*
Thanks for the review Carrie. I just bought this book and based on your review, it just moved up to the top of my TBR mountain!
YAY Kim! That makes me happy 🙂
Your comment, Kim, sent me to the mountaintop! 🙂
First of all, Carrie, “purse whomp” is now my new favorite form of physical violence! 🙂 Secondly, I am the person who never–NEVER–reads more than one book at a time. Yet, somehow I have found myself juggling four! For book reviewers/bloggers, that’s probably easy-peasy. But it’s killing me! I started A FRAGILE HOPE at the end of March when Amazon shipped my pre-order, but somehow kept adding more books to my “am reading” pile. I’ve decided it’s time to put aside Books 2, 3, and 4 and absorb one story at a time like I enjoy! Plus the whole Karin “thing” is too clever, and I’m anxious to dive deeper in. Thanks for the review!
Chuckling and grateful!!!
hahaha Karen! I love a good purse whomping (though to date I have yet to actually give one, merely threats lol)
You are so right Carrie, this book is in a class by itself.
Applauding Cynthia Ruchti’s amazing talent! I just loved this book.
I read and posted my review on Amazon (Tracey-book corner fan) with the title Embracing Unconditional Love, that’s the bottom line for me in this fantastic book! It had me feeling all kinds of emotions but ultimately made me want to be a better person who loves without limit!
Tracey, that set me to crying! Bless you for that!
Thanks for a chance to win
I can not WAIT to read this book. I’m usually one who only likes light-hearted fare, but 2 authors can capture me in their web and hold me until they’re done with me – Laura Frantz and CYNTHIA RUCHTI!!!! Plus, when I was a little girl, I would have given ANYTHING to be named Cynthia . . . 🙂
Well, Regina “Cynthia” Merrick, your words sent me soaring. Thank you!
YES! I wholeheartedly agree!
Cynthia’s stories IMPACT me in the depths of my soul! I’m excited to read A Fragile Hope.
Thank you, Caryl. Wow. Encouragement like this is so heartening!
they do go soul-deep, don’t they Caryl?? I completely agree!