Lucy and Charlie Tuttle agree on one thing: they're committed to each other for life. Trouble is, neither of them expected life to look like this. Charlie retired early, but Lucy is devoted to a long-term career . . . until the day she has no choice.
Forced to retire from her position as music educator in a small Midwestern K-8 school, Lucy can only watch helplessly as the program her father started years ago disintegrates before her eyes. As the music fades and a chasm separates her form the passion of her heart, Lucy wonders if her faith's song has gone silent, too. The musical score of her life seems to be missing all the notes.
When a simple misstep threatens to silence Lucy forever, a young boy and his soundless mother change the way she sees---and hears---everything.
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.
I enjoy Cynthia Ruchti's books so much and this is another keeper! I think the biggest thing I enjoy is that she writes from the point of view of people of an older age (of which I'm one now) and I can totally relate to how they are feeling as their lives change and not always for the better.
Lucy is a music teacher - it is actually her passion and her mission in life. The opening scene of the book shows this in a really profound way as she helps her flute student with cystic fibrosis play despite her health issues. The girl tells her that her doctor says this has helped her more than anything. I love that Lucy is so caring about her students and makes their best interest her priority. When she loses her position due to budgetary cuts, it's devastating to her because her music has been her whole life.
I love her husband, Charlie. He is a totally different personality than Lucy - he finds joy in just living and doesn't have a big passion in his life that he can't live without, except for Lucy. His love for her is so sweet and kind and I just really liked him.
When Lucy her her misstep (you'll have to read it to find out what this is) I found myself heavily invested in her life and how she was going to deal with everything. I love how their faith shines through and it becomes really important for Lucy. I also love their grown children and how they are invested in their parent's lives.
This book really spoke to my heart. Changes can come in so many ways and can be devastating if we let them be. This story shows how faith and love can really pull us through even the most difficult things in our lives. I love this book and highly recommend it!
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group
Blessings - Julie