A Fragile Hope

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A Fragile Hope

A Fragile Hope (Abingdon Press, April 2017)

Hope grows when seeds are planted—even in the muddy middle of life.

Josiah Chamberlain’s life’s work revolves around repairing other people’s marriages. When his own is threatened by his wife’s unexplained distance, and then threatened further when she’s unexpectedly plunged into an unending fog, Josiah finds his expertise, quick wit and clever quips are no match for a relationship that is clearly broken.

Feeling betrayed, confused, and ill-equipped for a crisis this crippling, he reexamines everything he knows about the fragility of hope and the strength of his faith and love. Love seems to have failed him. Will what’s left of his faith fail him, too? Or will it be the one thing that holds him together and sears through the impenetrable wall that separates them?

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Reviews

  • Amazing story that leaves you speechless!

  • I have never read a book by Ruchti that I did not LOVE. And A Fragile Hope was one that I will read again and again. I cried and cried and was filled with Hope. This is a book that you have no clue where its going, You think one thing and another comes to pass. You have no idea how this book is going to end.

  • I have always enjoyed reading books by author Cynthia Ruchti. This was one of my favorites. ” A Fragile Hope” is just that, can you ever have enough hope?

  • A Fragile Hope is a beautiful story! Ruchti takes readers on a compelling journey, one experienced alongside the characters. My senses were engaged and my emotions stirred, as I savored this story and its thoughtful messages. Perceptive and powerful, A Fragile Hope is not to be missed!

  • Angela Mills says:

    This is the best kind of fiction, fiction that delivers healing and insight through a beautifully written story, the truths so naturally woven in that you don’t even realize that you’re learning until the book is finished. This is a story that will stay with me for awhile.

  • Best Reads says:

    What a profoundly moving story! A Fragile Hope took me by surprise as it led me in a direction I wasn’t expecting. Filled with raw emotions and the vulnerability of being human, Ruchti takes her characters (and readers) on an impactful journey of discovery.

  • Cynthia Ruchti pens books that will knock you for a loop and then keeps hitting. A book that stays in your thoughts long after you close the last page.

  • Ruchti has created an interesting novel that is a sort of adult coming of age story. The main character is a man, unusual for a female writer and I have no idea if she did a good job representing male thoughts. I do know it would be how I would like a man to think, given the situation. That means women will like this novel of transformation but perhaps not men. The novel is a rewarding but different kind of Christian romance.

  • So I’ll be honest it saying this simply was not the book for me. I kept reading and waiting to see what would happen, so the drama within the book kept me going. I just had a hard time figuring out the characters and what the author’s point was.

  • A good book with themes of forgiveness, hope, and learning to have a faith in God that will see you through.

  • Ultimately, the message is really powerful. Everything in our life will not be perfect no matter how orderly we try to make it. Things will get messy and possibly shake us. God will never leave you, we just have to be willing to lean in on him.

  • A beautiful message on hope,love, and forgiveness. A must-read book.

  • As with As Waters Gone By, I found myself thoroughly absorbed in the book. It’s one of those that makes me think about the characters and wonder what’s happening when I’m not reading. I was tempted several times to add Karen, Josiah’s wife, to my prayer list! (Hey, if you’re a reader, you can relate.)

  • Wow! This book is full of wisdom that the reader can take away. The main character is very self-absorbed, but in a day and culture where a lot of us are, this book helps the reader take a look at one’s self, to confront our own issues. This book had me turning the pages and I couldn’t help myself from finishing. I only stopped to go to the bathroom. Great book! Grab this and put it on your summer reading list!

  • Wow! This is a gripping story that holds you spell-bound until the very end! “A Fragile Hope” is the journey of Josiah Chamberlain as he tries to save his marriage, his faith, and find hope. Don’t miss this book by Cynthia Ruchti. Follow Josiah’s journey. Be shaken. Find redemption.

  • A Fragile Hope read rather like a Lifetime Channel movie. I found myself feeling really sad for the characters, particularly Karen and her parents. Ruchti’s words typically tend to float off the page, creating a meaningful stream of prose that hovers over my heart.

  • A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti was an interesting book, to say the least. I had a hard time getting into the book, but once I reached chapter four, I didn’t want to put the book down. I was so glad that I didn’t give up on the book because once things started to happen in the book, I was hooked and didn’t want to put it down.

  • Fasten your seatbelts! Although a page turning, can’t wait to see what happens, kind of story, Cynthia Ruchti’s, A Fragile Hope seems to shoot out of the gate long before the jockey is properly seated.

  • Ruchti shares important insights about marriage throughout the story, but you’ll never feel preached at or taught.  Instead, I read the book in a single afternoon, never once picking up my phone or putting down the book – I read it straight through. 

  • This was my first book by this author and I was impressed at the emotional level that she was able to dig into. What do we have when everything else is lost or not what it seems? That is the question that Josiah must answer.

  • Don’t let the title fool you. This story is anything but fragile. It’s a picture of vulnerability, yes, but even more so of strength. Of having everything you thought you knew ripped out from under you and struggling to stand under the onslaught. It’s not knowing how the story will turn out (for the characters or the reader) until the last pages. It’s learning how to truly love, how to truly forgive, and how to truly move past the past. Highly highly recommended.

  • Days at Home says:

    A Fragile Hope has a great message of hope for marriages in trouble. Unfortunately, I struggled to connect with the story or the writing style.

  • Cynthia Ruchti is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. She is able to create a story unlike others on the market, they have depth and characters who seem like an old friend. A Fragile Hope is the story of one couple and how easily life comes between them and they let the importance of each other slip away.

  • In the Pages says:

    Cynthia Ruchti is a master at crafting characters you feel like you know. It seems like Josiah and Karin become your personal friends as you see their story unravel … as well as their marriage. Josiah knows all the right words – he’s helped others with marriage struggles – but when he sees his own marriage falling apart, he has no idea how to fix it. The story becomes even more interesting when Karin’s life is in danger. The path back to healing is a long one with many lessons for the reader.

  • It was a heartrending and an emotional read. It also really made me pause and take a good look in the mirror and wonder, am I as clueless and self-absorbed as Josiah is? This was a powerful read and I encourage thoughtful readers to pick up this soul stirring novel.

  • I enjoyed this book and was wrapped up in it within a few pages. I haven’t read many of Cynthia’s books but I really enjoyed this one.

  • If you are looking for an entertaining story, or one that will cheer you up, or if you want a sweet romance, you should probably look elsewhere. But, if you would like a story that might make you think deep thoughts and possibly even examine your own actions toward your loved ones, “A Fragile Hope” might be a good choice.

  • Centraleast2 says:

    A wonderful story of hope and belief.

  • A FRAGILE HOPE is a heartrending story about tragedy, forgiveness, love, and hope. It’s poignant and heartfelt from beginning to end, with plenty of nuggets of wisdom and life lessons for all readers. Highly recommended!

  • The author has been one of my favorites for a very long time, and this book just cements it for me. It wasn’t an easy book to read in the sense I felt deeply about the scene(s) I was involved in, but I also wanted to know how it was going to end. Not all stories real or otherwise have happy endings. We all know that isn’t real life, so part of me tried to brace my heart for the ending I thought was coming. However, what came was so much better than what I anticipated because it was filled with the best touch of heart mixed with wisdom and truth.

  • Cynthia Ruchti is an author who is not afraid to dive into the deep end of the pool relationally, emotionally or spiritually. To read her work is sometimes painful, because it forces the reader to take a long hard look into the mirror and ask difficult questions. In her latest novel, a fragile hope, she hits some very hard topics square in the face.

  • A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti. A story that will capture your heart right from the start. A powerful story of love, faith, hope, and heartbreak. Cynthia sure knows

  • By The Book says:

    Really, this book is not an easy or even a pleasant read at times. Life is ugly and oh so hard, and that is what Josiah faces. But . . . love and hope redeem that life.

  • An incredible story of hope, marriage and the strength of love. It had my angry at times (how could Josiah not see what he was doing?) and crying at other times. It was honest and real, you can relate to how this couple was being pulled apart and also how they struggled to find a way back together. It is a truly beautiful book from start to finish.

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