Beautifully told: "Song of Silence" by Cynthia Ruchti

Song of Silence PK

about the book...

Music taught Lucy love and beauty. Could silence teach her hope?

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.
my review...

Once again, Cynthia Ruchti has written a beautifully told story that will engage your heart, may tease some tears from your eyes, and inspire you all at the same time. I felt moved as I followed Lucy and Charlie Tuttle's journey as Lucy loses her position as music educator and seems to lose her passion for life at the same time. As with Ruchti's other books, the moments of grief are balanced with lighter ones as well. In fact, I found those times where we readers are exposed to Lucy's inner thoughts about her husband in particular to be often hilarious, and as a male reader her thoughts offer a sober look into how us men can be so often bumbling in our well-intentioned actions! Ructhi uses a sure hand as she moves Lucy from a place of grief and anger to a place in her life where she finds the ability to fully surrender everything to God. The freedom and joy she finds there is all the more remarkable in light of the many ways she suffers in this story. The myriad of characters who support Lucy on her journey are wonderful indeed, from the "bookclub" ladies to Lucy's children to the addition of new family members with special needs. Each offers a new intriguing element to the storyline. There are many times that I can find contemporary fiction to be a slow read, but that is never the case here, even though Lucy is wading through some deep waters of grief at times. Rather, the story moves along at a brisk pace, with lots of dramatic moments to keep the story moving along.

"Song of Silence" is one of those stories that brings you into the midst of the character's deep emotions, making it all the sweeter when you join their journey from a place of pain to one of triumph. I award this story a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and the Litfuse Publicity Group, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

about the author...

Cynthia Ruchti
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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