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As Waters Gone By Kindle Edition
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Ever since I first learned of Madeline Island, the only island in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore that is inhabited, I've wanted to visit there and write my own story set in that wonderful unique place. Seeing the island through Cynthia Ruchti's beautiful descriptions hasn't changed that feeling one bit. Located across a wide channel from Bayfield, Wisconsin in the western end of Lake Superior, the island is the northernmost point of Wisconsin and just about the furthest point from my hometown located in the southeastern point of the state.
Ruchti's characterizations are top notch and so much on point that even if a character doesn't have their own Point of View, you feel like you know them deeply. I fell in love with all of them. As the story carries the reader through the emotional and spiritual arc of the main character, Emmalyn, you come to know her and what has formed her to be the woman she is at the first page and what she's become on the last page.
The author's descriptive style makes this writer's heart dance with joy. Like one of the book's endorsers, I found myself highlighting some of the phrases that grabbed me. Phrases like "An ooze of light woke her" or "Tears she repressed scalded her eyes on their way out." A very small sample what's in store for you when you open the book for the first time.
I highly recommend this book. But don't try to rush through it. Enjoy it like a tasting the world's finest chocolate and let it linger awhile on the tongue before swallowing. I've no doubt I will one day read this book again. It's that good.
I was gifted with this book by a friend and did not purchase it. But if I hadn't received it that way, I would have bought it.
Aside from wanting the ending drawn out a little more, the pacing worked well and gave me the opportunity to get to know Emmalyn and experience her emotional and spiritual journey. I enjoyed the other characters—especially Bougie, the free spirit with a huge heart, and the owner of the local inn and café. Actually, I LOVED her! If there is a real Bougie somewhere, I want to be her friend!
This novel deals with struggles familiar to many, and it shows the important roles friends play in women’s lives when emotional, physical, and spiritual support is needed. I appreciate so much this author’s ability to reveal how God can heal broken people. Cynthia Ruchti's inspiring stories are written in beautiful prose and filled with hope. This is women’s fiction at its best.
I loved seeing the change in Emmalyn as she interacts with these gutsy island women and how she transforms to offer shelter and love to a young girl so desparately needing a home. The author's writing style makes her stories a joy to read.
An excellent read that makes you think