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A Fragile Hope Paperback – April 4, 2017
"The Last of the Moon Girls" by Barbara Davis
A novel of secrets, memory, family, and forgiveness by the author of When Never Comes. | Learn more
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"What a beautiful, thoughtful, contemplative novel! Ruchti's storytelling is incomparable... This is everything readers have come to expect from this author's superlative novels." --RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars & TOP PICK!
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- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 142679150X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1426791505
- Dimensions : 5.39 x 0.73 x 8.39 inches
- Publisher : Abingdon Press (April 4, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Josiah Chamberlain is the marriage guru – the man with all the answers. But one late night phone call makes a mockery of his public persona and sends his personal life into a tailspin.
I couldn't put this down, it was such a fascinating, thought-provoking, and at times even frustrating book. Cynthia Ruchti demonstrated an incredible talent for making me feel so much of what Josiah was feeling as he walked the long road, difficult he was on. It was the tough stuff of life laid bare and it often wasn’t pretty, nor was Josiah always the most likable of men. And yet, it’s dishonest to dismiss him. He is who we all could be, who we all may be on some level, and that's not always an easy thing to confront.
There’s rich symbolism sprinkled throughout this book, particularly with regard to his wife’s job, a beautiful imagery that I’ll leave the reader to discover on their own. The spiritual tenor of this book is equally vivid, woven into the book in a way that is both authentic and holy without ever coming across preachy.
This may not be an easy read, but it's more than worth the effort. I'll be reading more by this talented author.
Dr. Josiah Chamberlain is devastated. "It hadn't taken long for despair to become his 'new normal'." When his wife is critically injured in an automobile accident that raises more questions than answers, Josiah is forced to listen to the still, small voice within. It's not very pleasant to view your life as others must have seen it; selfish, self-absorbed, stingy with appreciation for the woman who obviously loved him deeply, but had arrived at a crossroads; as the hours, days, weeks and months begin to pile up, while Karin's deep brain injury leaves her incapacitated, and her body responsible for another's life and breath.
Karin and Josiah both need the miraculous touch of the Master Healer, for not all injuries lie on the surface, and Josiah too, is brittle and broken.
"When you slide to the edge of 'I can't do this anymore,' open your eyes. A handhold of hope is waiting in front of you." Exquisite!
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Josiah’s mindset and humour were easy for me to begin relating to, although not necessarily supporting everything he thought about doing. He really was extremely frazzled at moments and this made me empathize with him more than I wished. The secondary characters were exceptionally portrayed and I just had to keep reading to find out more.
More honesty, more brokenness, more forgiveness, more humility, more giving. Ms Ruchti has a great talent for wrestling with our emotions, wringing out the self absorption, and bringing us to an upbeat ending. Don’t miss out on her stories!