A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

Cynthia Ruchti has been one of my favorite authors since her first book came out. She writes both fiction and non-fiction well, which is rare. I love to read both types of her books. The latest one I had the privilege to read is A Fragile Hope. And, I have to say, she just keeps getting better and better!

Her books are not run of the mill. I don’t know how she comes up with her ideas, but would love to brainstorm with her! At the beginning of A Fragile Hope, we meet Karin Chamberlain who runs a card shop and makes her own paper for the cards. We also meet her husband Josiah Chamberlain who writes books on relationships, especially on marriage.

The reader can sense some tension between the couple from the first pages, but all couples go through that occasionally, right? Things quickly escalate after an accident leaves Karin severely injured, her friend’s husband dead, and Josiah with nothing but questions and his own conclusions. How could this have happened?

Josiah wants to learn more about Karin and the accident, but over the next several months while Karin remains in the hospital, Josiah learns more about himself than he ever wanted to know, and doesn’t like what he finds. But, he eventually also learns to love Karin and her unborn child with a love like God’s–unselfish, true, and faithful.

Will Karin ever come out of her vegetative state? Will the baby survive all the antibiotics Karin has been on? Can this couple ever find true love and happiness again? You’ll have to read the rest of the book to find out. And while you are ordering it, order some of her other books, too, because when you finish you’ll want to read another one! And another one!

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