Book Review of Cynthia Ruchti’s ‘As Waters Gone By’ & Summer of Fun $100 Giveaway

As Waters Gone By(Abingdon, May 2015)
Author: Cynthia Ruchti

As Waters Gone By



As Waters Gone By 
Book Review

This is a book with a lot of substance and soul, quite a bit different from the regular romantic fiction I tend to read. It is about a middle aged lady and her search for love, not the bubbly over the top one but the kind that stays through the worst trouble possible. As Waters Gone By is a book about love, faith and hope and healing; the everlasting kind, the kind that survives and blooms at the very first sign of acceptance and support. Even the child is called Hope and is the turning point of the story.

As Waters Gone By is a book that talks of a love separated by bad decisions and circumstance yet it hopes, wants and tries to survive. Both Emmalyn and Max love each other but their lack of communication and the vast distance, both physical and emotional almost destroys their love. This book talks of faith, hope, inner strength and the support of friends, many of whom are fighting their own battles. It shares a lot of verses from the Bible yet it only highlights what we seem to forget that God is our guide, her points towards the right path but we have to follow it. I found love and the faith of god blended quite well in the book.

It shows two sides of separation; one of a lady whose husband is on deployment and the other whose is in prison yet they both grapple with similar issues. Separation is never easy yet it must be lived through, survived; the love nurtured through trouble times and the distance. It is a deeply moving book with many paragraphs that touch the heart so deeply. The author has penned the novel with so much heart that I could relate to Emmalyn’s dilemma and pain through the pages. Her words and language is so smooth and full of love and understanding. Cynthia deserves all the praise and some more. I found her writing so soothing and non judgmental as she expresses the pain, anguish and problems of the characters so eloquently.

The supporting characters, their quirks and the family – Mom and two sisters, all are etched so realistically and are fun to read. The way they add to story and make so much more endearing. Pirate Joe, Cora and Boozie – a young soul with an old heart. I fell in love with them and would love to read their stories too.

The bit that I did not like was that almost till half the book, Emmalyn kept trying to figure out what to do? It was as if the book had stopped progressing and turned a bit repetitive and slow in the middle. As soon as Hope enters the story all things turn bright and good changes start happening. It takes way too long for both Emmalyn and Max to embrace the changes happening.

Overall I enjoyed the book and read it with as few breaks as possible; especially the quotes and wisdom from Boozie Unfortunate made a wonderful read. I recommend it for a soul stirring emotional read.
(I received a copy of this book from the author/Litfuse via Netgalley; the views are my own.)

Book Blurb


How 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?

 Meet the Author






Speaker and award-winning author, Cynthia Ruchti draws from 33 years experience writing and producing a daily radio broadcast to tell stories hemmed in Hope through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction. She serves as the professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers. Cynthia and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin.


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‘As Waters Gone By’

Summer of Fun $100 Giveaway


Can a marriage survive when separated by hundreds of miles and impenetrable prison walls? Find out in Cynthia Ruchti’s new book, As Waters Gone By. 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.


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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