You know I am jazzed about a new book when I bring my blog out of the woodwork to rave about the novel. That's exactly what has happened.
I've never read a book I didn't like from author Cynthia Ruchti and her latest release, Song of Silence, keeps that record standing strong.
Lucy Tuttle, a career music teacher at a small K-8 school, is riffed at the end of the school year due to budget cuts. Often teachers are riffed at the end of a school year to help the district make budget, but they are hired back in the fall when attendance dictates it's necessary. This is not the case for Lucy. The entire music department has been cut. Not only is it an assault on her income but on her heart. Her late father had started the music department at the school and she feels responsible for it's demise.
Lucy goes through denial, followed by depression, and finally acceptance. And with acceptance comes discovery in a most unexpected way.
I highly recommend this book or any others that Ruchti has written. One of my favorites, As Waters Gone By, is one of my favorites. But all of the ones on her backlist promise hours of savoring the wonder of her prose.
I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of review and all opinions expressed here are my own. You can read more about her at www.cynthiaruchti.com
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction, and through speaking for women’s events/retreats and writers’ conferences/workshops. She draws from 33 years of experience writing and producing the 15-minute daily radio broadcast, “The Heartbeat of the Home.” Her books have received recognition from RT Reviewers’ Choice, PW Starred Review, Selah Awards, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awards, CLASSeminars Award of Excellence, Golden Scroll Awards, and more. She serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, is a board member of the Deliver Hope ministry, and is part of the worship team at her church. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.