by D'Ann Mateer
The tagline for this book grabbed me right away: She would leave her husband . . . if she could find him.
They Almost Always Come Home is Cynthia Ruchti’s debut novel—and it’s a doozy! Wilderness adventure combined with gut-wrenching emotion that rings oh-too-true. A story about the agony of grief, the value of friendship, the bond of marriage, and the amazing lengths the Lord will go to heal our hearts when we let Him.
And all this with stunningly wonderful writing to boot! Not just the words, the images and emotions they conveyed, but the way the story felt complete, whole. Nothing wasted. Everything for a reason.
I confess that literal “journey” books seldom hold appeal for me. Especially ones that involve the outdoors. I’m not a nature girl, in practice or theory. But Libby, the main character, wasn’t either. So maybe that made me appreciate her situation even more.
Yet in sacrificing her comfort, Libby found her peace. And isn’t that so often the way of things? We are all on a journey of faith, both physically and spiritually, just like Libby. And also like her, even after surrendering ourselves to the Lord, life doesn’t tie up in a neat and tidy bow. Real life rarely does. But like the end of this book, it can still be hopeful. And satisfying.
Am I surprised at the depth and quality of this book? Not entirely. Cynthia, the current president of the American Christian Fiction Writers, is one of the most gracious, kind, and loving people I’ve ever come in contact with. Faith oozes from her. So it doesn’t shock me to find that the Lord has graced her with the ability to convey such a story in such a way.
I think it will be a very long time before I forget this book.