I found this novel on Amazon Kindle’s free list last week (sorry, now you have to pay for it–but it’s worth it!) and found myself quickly absorbed into the story. For starters, the starter:
Do dead people wear shoes? In the casket, I mean. Seems a waste. Then again, no outfit is complete without the shoes.
So the question is: Who’s dead? The answer: No one. But Libby’s husband is late returning from a solo canoe trip. Right from the beginning, I could relate. Tell me I’m not the only one who starts worrying about the worst case scenario way too soon! Well, me and Libby. After all, They Almost Always Come Home.
But here’s the big difference between Libby and me. Libby is just plain annoyed that her husband doesn’t show back up. The nerve. After all, she had every intention of walking out on him as soon as he got home, but she can’t leave him if he isn’t even there. They’ve drifted apart since their daughter’s death three years before, but she never saw this coming! How dare he?
Libby, her best friend, and her father-in-law head north from Wisconsin into Quetico Park in Ontario, trying to find out what happened to Greg. As they start the trip, Libby isn’t sure whether she hopes to find him dead or alive. The physical journey is only part of the tale–the other part is her spiritual journey through dealing with the grief of losing a child and, possibly, a less-than-cherished spouse.
They Almost Always Come Home is a tender, funny, provocative story. I think you’ll enjoy the ride.
Cynthia Ruchti is the current president of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), which sheâ€™s served in various volunteer capacities since shortly after she became a member in 2002. In her role as president of ACFW, Cynthia writes a monthly â€œFrom the Presidentâ€ column for ACFWâ€™s Afictionado ezine. For two years she was one of four humor columnists for Afictionadoâ€™s â€œLet There Be Lite.â€ In 2007, she was the recipient of the ACFW Member Service Award. In 2008, Cynthia won second place for Womenâ€™s Fiction in ACFWâ€™s prestigious Genesis Contest.