As Waters Gone By

June 9th, 2015. Filed under: Tuesday's Tempting Reads.

As Waters Gone By


By Cynthia Ruchti

How can a marriage survive when separated by hundreds of miles and impenetrable prison walls?

Emmalyn and Max Ross may have to endure the fight of their lives to mend the tattered fabric of their marriage. His actions ensured she could never be a mother and put him in prison, giving their relationship a court-mandated five-year time-out. On a self-imposed exile to beautiful but remote Madeline Island, one of the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, Emmalyn has just a few months left to figure out if and how they can ever be a couple again.

Nudged along by the exuberant owner of the Wild Iris Inn and CafĂ©, a circle of misfit people in their small town, and a young girl who desperately needs someone to love her, Emmalyn restores an island cottage that could become a home and begins to restore her heart by learning what it means to love unconditionally. Yet even as hope begins to find a place within the cottage walls, Emmalyn still wonders if she’s ready for Max’s release. She may be able to rebuild a cottage, but can she rebuild a marriage?


Emmalyn had to escape from a life she could no longer afford. She needed to make a new life for herself, so she sold her house and move to Madeline Island to a hunting cottage she and her husband owned. It was a good thing she planned to spend her first night on the island at Wild Iris Inn.

The cottage was a mess – starting with the large hole in the roof. She ended up spending more than one night at the inn while trying to get the cottage even halfway inhabitable. She also met a bunch of the islands odd balls during the rehab process of her cottage.

As the cottage is being repaired, her heart and spirit are slowly being healed. That bunch of odd balls are becoming friends- some almost like family. Emmalyn is also starting to forgive her husband and thinking about reconciling with him when his five year prison term is up. What’s going to happen to them then?

Thank you, Ms Ruchti, for this book. It makes me want to move to Madelyn and among the characters you’ve created. I certainly hope you have plans to follow up with more about these very interesting people.

***A special thank you to litfuse for providing a review copy.***


Speaker and award-winning author, Cynthia Ruchti draws from 33 years experience writing and producing a daily radio broadcast to tell stories hemmed in Hope through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction. She serves as the professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers. Cynthia and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin.

Find the author online here.

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