Saturday, May 30, 2015

Book Review - As Waters Gone By


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?


Cynthia Ruchti has more than three decades of radio broadcast experience with Heartbeat of the Home radio and currently serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers.

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This is a book that grabbed my heart from the first page and just never let go! I grew to care so much about the characters - Emmalyn especially was just so endearing to me because I felt her pain, confusion and fear as she made decisions about her husband and her life.

When she can no longer afford to live in her house, she moves to Madeline Island and the little cottage that she and her husband own. We follow along as she works on the cottage as well as her heart. She meets friends who help her to heal her heart and give her a new perspective on life.

This is one of the most beautiful stories I've read in a long time and I think it's because it's underlining theme was always hope, healing, forgiveness and grace. What could be better than that? My absolute favorite line in the book is "Grace always outweighs gravity". Wow! If we could always remember that when we think of how much grace the Lord has for us. I just loved this so much!

This is a book that you must read. It pulls you into the pages and you truly care about each and every one of these people. It makes you think, laugh and cry (have tissues near by - seriously!). I just loved this book and highly, highly recommend it! I give it 5 out of 5 stars (I would give it more if I could!)

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

You can read more reviews of this book HERE

Blessings - Julie

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