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.
Having never read a book by Cynthia Ruchti, I can say this will not be my last novel by her. With an emotional and moving story, readers will not be able to put this book down. We meet main character, Lucy who takes the readers on a journey as she is a music teacher, goes through unemployment, handles it through marriage with her husband Charlie with a few bumps as marriages do. Of course, there are things in her life with her adult children that come into play, which throw a few curve balls. This book will take you places you didn't see coming. You will find yourself laughing and of course crying. It's ridiculous. And of course, I lost it several times over the many quotes that Lucy said, the painful moments, the things she gave up, my heart went out to her. My favorite line and the one that resonated so well with me was "God, I want to be healed, but I don't want to be as I once was." This resonates with my heart because of my own personal journey and story. God, heal me, and don't make old, but something different, however, I would change the path you've taken me on because it has made me the strong woman I am today. This book is one that will leave readers thinking about it long after you're done. Honestly, I would love to see it made into a movie.
Thank you Litfuse for providing a complimentary copy for review purposes. This book receives 5/5 stars. I highly recommend you picking up a copy and asking your library to purchase a copy too! Get ready to spend a day in the chair reading this fantastic book.
About the Author:
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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.