About the Book
Author: Cynthia Ruchti
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Release date: March 2, 2021
Mara Jacobs has been struggling. While her humanitarian husband is digging wells in Africa and caring for widows and orphans, Mara has been battling the home front—working a demanding yet unrewarding job, trying to manage three detention-prone kids, and suffering from exhaustion and depression. Even her own marriage is deteriorating after a three-year separation.
Then Liam’s absence turns into something more, changing everything and plunging her into a sunless grief. As Mara leans on those around her to find her way to healing and renewed faith, she discovers that even when hope is tenuous and the future is unknown, we can be sure we are not forgotten . . . or unloved.
Facing the Dawn is an emotionally evocative novel that will resonate with readers’ lives and their life challenges. Hemmed in hope, this tender story will be one readers will not soon forget.
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Ruchti has crafted an engaging novel that takes readers along the winding path of grief. She is a word smith and I like the humor and witty dialogue and great scene construction. The narrative soon turns dark yet remains a compelling read. We experience the ache of grief and the attempts to carry on and the unexpected setbacks. I like the inclusion of a secondary issue of thinking our actions have caused harm and the accompanying feelings of guilt.
Potential readers need to understand that this novel is an excursion through grief. For those who have been successful in traversing the painful path of the death of a loved one, this novel will reaffirm the process of healing and the value of supportive friends. For those who still feel the painful emotions of loss, especially those of the loss of a spouse or child, this book may trigger more painful emotions or it may inspire a bold step in addressing continuing grief.
Ruchti's novel is a good one for the reader unencumbered with emotions of loss or the reader ready to boldly move forward in the grief journey.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
More from Cynthia
Where was I supposed to go from there? What would have made her feel like that? (Oh, I could imagine, but I needed to know THIS character’s story.) I visualized her called in the principal’s office at her kids’ school, not knowing which of the three was in trouble this time. But it was her. The ridiculousness of it all was almost enough to push her over the edge. Ever been there?
For Mara in the story, a long string of disappointments clogged her life like a backed-up sink (which she also had). Then true tragedy struck. And again. But I couldn’t leave her in that place.
When I wrote the last few words of the story, my heart was full. Tears fell on the pages—or the keyboard. And I reflected back on all the symbolism in the story that actually revealed bits of hope embedded in its fabric.
I’m excited to see how readers respond when they discover those little bits—a cardinal in a stand of birch trees, an oil painting with unusual brushstrokes, a papered wall, a cup of soup, a long-forgotten song, an envelope of ashes…
A story comes to life when readers dive in. I’m looking forward to hearing what they find when they do.
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I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)