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They Almost Always Come Home Paperback – May 1, 2010
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They Almost Always Come Home is not so much of a story as a journey. It's a trip through the past and the present searching for hope in the future. This journey of hope is in the midst of grief combined with fragmented relationships and unfailing friendship. There are infinite amounts of material in this book to praise from its simple beauty to its haunting emptiness. This is not a book to be read and set aside, but rather absorbed and contemplated or perhaps discussed among friends or in a group setting. It is a deep, rich book and one I highly recommend.
I've read several books that include the death of a child and they typically attempt to capture the strain on a relationship in the depths of the parent's grief. They also try to help the reader feel the agony of the parents as they weep for the child they've lost. Some are able to accurately capture those moments and present them to the reader. This is one of them.Read more ›
Ruchti's use of snarky internal dialog through Libby's point of view helped keep the story real and interesting. I loved how the story shifted to a different perspective toward the end and how it also showed another side to the situation. I also enjoyed watching God work in these characters' hearts. The relationship between Libby, her father-in-law, and her best friend exemplified real love and commitment. I was deeply involved in their dilemma. Should they give up and turn back, or keep pressing on? Life is often like that and it paralleled this story in many surprising ways. They Almost Always Come Home is a great example of perseverance in the Christian life and how God will carry us through. Cynthia Ruchti was the perfect author to share this life-transforming tale.
Enough said about that.
Sometimes when our friends are hit by ill health, death, or financial problems it can tear up a marriage. I was intrigued by how real Libby was. And how her mourning for loss made her unable to see the other persons suffering. I liked reading the story and seeing God work in her life as she searched for her husband . . . or his body. She needed closure and in her angst she wasn't sure which would be the more satisfying ending.
If they ever make this into a movie it will be a tear producer. I look forward to Cynthia's next novel.
In that regard, I found it tedious in spots and felt its ending was weak, but it was still good enough to rate four stars--as compared to other freebies (which this briefly was). I might even pay a buck or two for it, but ten dollars, NO WAY; it is significantly over-priced.
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Just when you think you know where this book is going...it changes direction. A couple grieving the loss of a child and on the verge of breakup because of their grief first seems... Read morePublished 11 days ago by KathyK
I give this book a definite five star rating! It is for everyone who is seeking God's guidance in their life.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A riveting story! Kept me intrigued from the first pages. I highly recommend this book! The author develops the characters very well.Published 1 month ago by prickman
This will encourage you to to your husband and family. God is honored in the scripture used and the verses will help you see Gods hand in all life's trials.Published 1 month ago by Rita
Loved the book and the emotions that went with it. However it was very choppy reading on a Kindle. Seemed like chapters were jumping around. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marilyn
I had a hard time connecting with the main character and the writing style is sparse. But the story is unique and authentic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Billy