A heartfelt read... Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)


This was another wonderful book from this author! Check out my full review and the giveaway below...

Song of SilenceSong of Silence
by Cynthia Ruchti
Christian Fiction
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 320 Pages
April 5th 2016 by Abingdon Press

Summary

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.

  
  
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My Review

SONG OF SILENCE was a story that I connected with on so many levels. It was heartfelt, humorous, had lovable characters, had some down-to-earth realistic romance, a little heartbreak, and so many sweet moments of both discovery and beauty in the small things. If you've enjoyed Ruchti's other books or enjoy Christian Fiction, this is definitely a book to pick up!

These characters. As I said, I could relate. Lucy is stuck. She's stuck because she felt her dream was just completely pulled away and she struggles to deal with it. She struggles to deal with a husband who is home all the time and wants to spend a lot of time with her when before she worked full-time plus more as a music teacher. Her husband, Charlie, is wonderful. He's caring and gentle, but definitely has a mind of his own. He's a guy and not the fairy-tale-made-up-ones, but a real one who is perfect for Lucy. I loved them both and so many of their tender moments as they transition to this new life of theirs and as Lucy learns so much. There is such a journey of the heart in this story.

I also loved the other characters. Lucy's and Charlie's kids are wonderful, but have their own struggles. A grandson and his mother and their own struggles. Some of Lucy's former students play memorable roles as do some new friends and her therapist.

There were so many nuggets of wisdom and some seriously good marriage and life tips. But they didn't feel forced. They related to music, to Lucy's family, and to Lucy's struggles. As I have a music background, a lot of the musical aspects of the story connected with me. The internal dialogue was also rather entertaining. A few times it was a little lengthy, but nothing that you could skim because you don't want to miss anything. The overall dialogue was great too. I especially loved the idea of the rests in the music and the rests in life. Just overall poignant. Then all the beautiful moments between son and parent, daughter and parent, grandson and grandfather and parent, friends, husband and wife... The gratitude that developed in Lucy's heart as she finds her song again. And the heartbreak. There were a few tear-streaked moments during this book. Definitely an emotional read.

Here's a favorite quote that really stood out to me:

In the end, was it what I wished for? Yes. Ruchti has a way of conveying messages straight to the heart and there was so much that I related to and appreciated. Definitely worth picking up.

Content: Clean

Source: Received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity, which did not affect my review in any way.

Other Books from the Author

You can find my reviews of the other books I've read from this author:
All My BelongingsAs Waters Gone ByAn Endless Christmas

About the Author


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.

Tour-Wide Giveaway

As the music fades and a chasm separates her from the passion of her heart, will Lucy's faith song go silent, too? Find out in Cynthia Ruchti's new book, Song of Silence. 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.

Celebrate the release of Song of Silence with a blog tour and giveaway. Two winners will be chosen!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Song of Silence
  • A $150 Visa cash card
One second place winner will receive:
  • A copy of Song of Silence
  • A music-themed prize pack filled with goodies hand-picked by Cynthia
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on May 9th. The winners will be announced May 10th on Cynthia's blog.

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Have you read any books with music woven into the story that you've connected with or really enjoyed?

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