Book Review: A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

"Hope doesn't have an expiration date."

Title:  A Fragile Hope
Author: Cynthia Ruchti
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
Release Date:  April 4, 2017
Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction

Josiah Chamberlain's life's work revolves around repairing other people's marriages. When his own is threatened by his wife's unexplained distance, and then threatened further when she's unexpectedly plunged into an unending fog, Josiah finds his expertise, quick wit and clever quips are no match for a relationship that is clearly broken. 

Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what's left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?

I've read exactly four books by Cynthia Ruchti to date, and not once had I ever been disappointed. That is definitely the case with her latest release, A Fragile Hope. In each book there's a story to tell, but most importantly a message that is so powerful, you wonder, you think and you hope.

In A Fragile Hope, so aptly titled, there's the struggle of betrayal, of doubt and of lost. Yet, within all that pain, we learn, we relate and we hope for that one glimpse of that word to bring light. The story centered on a marriage, but the themes that ties to it, trust, friendship and self-discovery all emanates from Josiah and Karin's journey.  Each character, each plot-line and each dialogue was as it should be. Nothing was superfluous.  Every word was placed for a purpose and that's the kind of novel that reaches deep into your soul and stir.

"Almost everything in life is better if we listen first."

I love the "Seedlings & Sentiments" quotes throughout the story, which add a little something. You'll need a pad and paper when reading, since you'll want to jot them all down! Love can be simple, and when reading A Fragile Hope, realizing along with Josiah, the simple reminder of God's faithfulness gnaws at you until you too, relish in it.

"Alone. It's a feeling, not a destination or condition. God is especially near to those who think they are alone." 

I think the message doesn't only relate to married couples, but any kind of relationship. Trust, faith, hope and yes, even forgiveness are words to not only say, but believe and do.  When all seems lost, keep hope.

"Sometimes all hope needs is a little oxygen." 
Hope in times of pain. Hope in times of struggles. Hope all the time. Remember, even "seeds of hope can grow in mud," even a fragile hope.

Please note, these quotes were taken from an advance reader's copy, which is more a less an uncorrected proof. Please do not reuse these unless you've verified with the release copy. Thank you.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Learn more about Cynthia and A Fragile Hope come April 12 - May 3 on tour with 
Litfuse Publicity Tours.  
I will have Cynthia back on Just Commonly on April 27th with an interview, plus a giveaway!

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope. She's the award-winning author of 17 books and a frequent speaker for women's ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin.

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