As Waters Gone By - Cynthia Ruchti

 5 Stars!

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?

Cynthia Ruchti has more than three decades of radio broadcast experience with Heartbeat of the Home radio and currently serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers.

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LOVED!!!!  I loved the whole thing. I seem to love books about a woman taking off to start her life over (but then I did the same thing 26 yrs ago).
I loved the cottage on the water setting.
I loved the Inn and Cafe'.
I loved the remodeling.
I loved all the quirky characters.
I loved that one of the characters was a knitter!!!! :-)
I loved the main character.
I loved the author's writing style.
This was the perfect book for me - a nice easy going page turner.

There are so many great lines in here it is hard to narrow it down to give you a few, but I'll try. -
"Sometimes caring feels like spoiling. Gratitude evens everything out." ~ I want to make a poster out of this one! 

"You don't knit because you have too much time on your hands. You knit to create." ~ Well said!
"Did you know that a duck's quack doesn't echo and no one knows why?"
"And this applies how?"
"In case you were thinking of naming the cottage Duck Echo Cottage. Because that would be impossible. But quirky." ~ LOL
There was excellent character development, with a great storyline. It had an easy reading style but with enough going on to make it very interesting. What a great summer read!

Thank you Litfuse for sending me this e-book for my honest review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE

Cynthia is celebrating the release of As Waters Gone By by giving away a summer of fun to one lucky reader!

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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.

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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

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