Carol Award: Women’s Fiction: Finalist: They Almost Always Come Home
Title: They Almost Always Come Home
Author: Cynthia Ruchti
Publisher: Abingdon Press (Barbara Scott, Editor)
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Reviewed by: Michelle Sutton
They Almost Always Come Home is different than anything I’ve ever read before. The main character, Libby, is contemplating leaving her husband. So when he doesn’t return from a camping trip, she gets mad that she didn’t get the chance to do it.
This book is a great example of perseverance in the Christian life and how God will carry us through.
Her mind races with the what-ifs and it seems the only people who take his disappearance seriously are her husband’s father, her best friend – and Libby. But for Libby it was mainly because she wanted to know why.
Their marriage had nailed some significant potholes in the past that ruined their alignment as a couple. Instead of supporting each other, they placed blame. Libby blamed her husband, who withdrew emotionally. But he also blamed himself because he didn’t know how to fix what had broken in their marriage.
Ruchti’s use of snarky internal dialog through Libby’s point of view keeps the story real and interesting. I love how the story perspective shifted toward the end and showed another side to the situation. I also enjoyed watching God work in these characters’ hearts.
The relationship between Libby, her father-in-law, and her best friend exemplified real love and commitment. I was deeply involved in their dilemma. Should they give up and turn back – or keep pressing on? Life is often like that and it paralleled this story in many surprising ways.
They Almost Always Come Home is a great example of perseverance in the Christian life and how God will carry us through and Ruchti was the perfect author to share this life-transforming tale.
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