"" Writer's Wanderings: Books For The Road - They Almost Always Come Home

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Books For The Road - They Almost Always Come Home

It's always a dangerous place for me--the bookstore of a writers conference. At the last conference, I picked up several books and finally got to read this one, They Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti. It is her first published novel and she is off to a great start.

The product description from Amazon states:
When Libby’s husband Greg fails to return from a two-week canoe trip to the Canadian wilderness, the authorities soon write off his disappearance as an unhappy husband’s escape from an empty marriage and unrewarding career. Their marriage might have survived if their daughter Lacey hadn’t died…and if Greg hadn’t been responsible. Libby enlists the aid of her wilderness savvy father-in-law and her faith-walking best friend to help her search for clues to her husband’s disappearance…if for no other reason than to free her to move on. What the trio discovers in the search upends Libby’s presumptions about her husband and rearranges her faith.

I related to Libby in several ways the primary being that every time my husband was late coming home from work I explored the scenarios in my head of what might have happened. Ruchti slowly develops the character of Libby unveiling the inner struggles she has coping with the death of her daughter and the missing husband who may have taken his leave before she had time to take hers.

The humor bothered some people as I read Amazon reviews but sometimes this is the only way people can cope with emotional pain. I'm not so sure I liked the first person story telling and then the switch to third person in telling Greg's tale but it all worked out in the end.
I look forward to seeing what Ruchti chooses to write next.

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