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May 2, 2016

Song of Silence {Cynthia Ruchti}

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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. While Charlie retired early, 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 from 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.

My Thoughts:
I have always been a fan of Ruchti, but this book did nothing for me.

Lucy’s character got on my last nerves. When she found out her job had been eliminated, she acted like the world had ended. Pretty much the entire book includes Lucy moping around with no desire to find something else to make her happy. Her willingness to let this one event dictate her entire life grated on my nerves in this most annoying way.

Poor Charlie does everything he can think of to cheer Lucy up, but she refused to let him do anything for her. Lucy is rude to Charlie and simply adds him to her list of things to be sad about. Again, Lucy just annoyed me.

Again, I have always been a fan of Ruchti, so I am not going to let this one book change the way I think of her. Her writing is always fantastic and her characters usually very enjoyable.

Drawing from 33 years of on-air radio ministry, Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels and novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals, and speaking for women's and writers' events. Her books have been recognized by Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards, Selah Awards, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, Christian Retailing's BEST Awards, and Carol Award nominations, among other honors, including a Family Fiction Readers' Choice Award. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in Pittsville, Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

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