A Fragile Hope

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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  • 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.

  • The one thing I notice about Cynthia Ruchti’s novels is that they take you to those uncomfortable places in life that no one wants to go. In fact people are relieved when it happens to someone else and not them. But in the end, there is something amazing that happens when you look at things through the eyes of someone else!

  • In A Fragile Hope, so aptly titled, there’s the struggle of betrayal, of doubt and of lost. Yet, within all that pain, we learn, we relate and we hope for that one glimpse of that word to bring light. The story centered on a marriage, but the themes that ties to it, trust, friendship and self-discovery all emanates from Josiah and Karin’s journey. Each character, each plot-line and each dialogue was as it should be. Nothing was superfluous. Every word was placed for a purpose and that’s the kind of novel that reaches deep into your soul and stir.

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  • i’ve liked Cynthia Ruchtis books in the past so i assumed this one would be awesome as the others were. the writing was good and it did keep me interested but i guess maybe i just didn’t like where it went or where it was going.

  • This book was so real and included themes and situations that all couples struggle with – infidelity, loneliness, sadness, love, faithfulness, depression and faith. The struggles that Josiah faces in his faith, his mind and in his walk in life is heartbreaking to watch but also so inspiring as he takes one day at a time, one walk at a time and trusts God to guide his path.

  • This is a beautifully written and truly engaging heartfelt story, which will remind the reader of God’s unfailing love.

  • Cynthia’s writing is always so real I sometimes forget the characters are fictional. She is by far one of my favorite authors! Loved the honesty, emotion, and redemption found in this book.

  • Fic Gal says:

    I did like the writing style and found it very easy to read. I also appreciate that the religious aspect was more subtle.

  • Amandainpa says:

    A beautiful story of marriage and adversity. Keep your tissues handy!

  • Moments says:

    Cynthia’s books are always so inspiring and full of heart.  Her latest, “A Fragile Hope,” is no exception and it is a beautiful story of forgiveness, grace and hope.  Josiah’s marriage is in shambles and he is oblivious to this face until a crisis.  Josiah is not sure how to handle this, being his own, as he is a professional in this area. 

  • When I first started reading the novel it was enjoyable but towards the middle it became boring and redundant. It was the same thing over and over. I didn’t like how the author focuses mostly on the guilt and betrayal that Josiah felt and left all the other details out.

  • EmpowerMoms says:

    To be honest, I did not like most of the book and had a hard time getting through it for review. I found it too emotionally draining and depressing.
    However, I stuck with it and by the last couple of chapters the story finally took a positive turn. The story was very realistic with what could happen to anyone in real life, but I like to read more uplifting, happy books.
    I did like that the story was mostly written in the view of the husband Josiah and that readers got to experience his battle towards forgiveness, hope, understanding, and love.

  • There are so many things I’d like to tell you about this book, but each one would give too many things away… except this: A Fragile Hope is a groundbreaking emotional masterpiece.

  • More of Him says:

    I love the story of redemption, forgiveness, and change that we can achieve through our faith in Jesus. Although this book is about a marriage, I could definitely relate to the storyline in regards to any relationship. It’s so beautifully written and has stayed with me. I absolutely love this book and encourage you to get this novel as I think you’ll love it. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

  • This book is an emotional, heartfelt, and long journey to seeing the truth. I was very impressed with Josiah. Here is a man that helps others with their marriage , yet ironically his is falling apart before his eyes. It’s funny how we sometimes are oblivious to things in our life. We think we have a good marriage and then bam, like Josiah, our world gets turned upside down. I loved how Josiah struggled with his faith and along the way, God placed people in his path that helped him call out to God. It is a very emotional book that I had a hard time keeping my tears in check.

  • Lindsey Bell says:

    This book isn’t an exciting tale that will keep you turning pages. It’s much slower moving. If you’re looking for action and suspense, this isn’t the book for you. But, if you’re looking for a slower book filled with God’s truth about forgiveness and grace and finding Him in the messiness of life, this book might be a good choice.

  • This is an encouraging and interesting read that shows God can work even when humans have messed up. Definitely 5 stars.

  • It sounded like a great premise and started off pretty well, but this was a super frustrating read for me. On one hand, it was a page turner and I read it in less than 24 hours. On the other hand, I was so frustrated and annoyed by the main character, Josiah, that I had trouble not throwing the book across the room.

  • In Ms. Ruchti’s new book A Fragile Hope, Hope is anything but fragile, it is resilient, strong, and unbreakable. Hope is all that Josiah has to hang onto, even when hope seems far off he finds ways to hang on.

  • All in all, I couldn’t imagine ever saying one negative thing about this book, except…well, it’s far too short! In all seriousness, I truly shouted when I got to the last chapter, because I was nowhere near ready for the story to end! Honestly, this poignant story has taught me so much about love, loss, and what a true marriage should look like, perfectly contrasted with what actually happens all too often.

  • Cynthia Ruchti’s writing is fantastic, I always feel like I am there in the story, part of it. The characters in this book are very well written and very real. I don’t think I have a favorite character because they each had their own influence on me. I did find Josiah and Karin marriage and issues something I can full relate to. As I am having make or break situations in my own marriage, it was eye opening. I cannot say enough good about this book and this author.

  • Cynthia Ruchti knows how to pack in the conflict. In A Fragile Hope, readers find conflict after conflict in both Josiah’s external circumstances as well as his internal world. As a marriage counselor, one might think Josiah would be attentive to his own wife’s needs, but the reader meets and reads about a selfish man for much of the book, even down to his internal dialogue. This helps set Josiah up for positive change and growth, but I also found it hard to root for Josiah until the ending chapters.

  • First of all, I love the cover of this book, as well as the title. I can so relate to fragile hope. I’ll admit, I felt impatient to find the answers for which Josiah was searching; such a long, drawn out process it was.

  • There were so much great writing, so many great lines. I appreciated the way the Christian themes were woven in, strong but not overwhelming or out of place. Overall, recommended for the outstanding writing, thought-provoking Christian themes, and a great character-driven story.

  • This story is a powerful and inspiring story about struggling relationships, family, and love. It is a story that readers will immediately fall in love with, becoming emotionally invested in the lives of the characters, as well as the outcome of the characters throughout the story. Ruchti has a way of writing that draws readers in as they deeply and easily relate to the characters and circumstances in the story.

  • This was another engaging and emotional read from one of the best authors on the affairs of the heart. With memorable characters this book was a great read. Josiah is a frustrating and at times arrogant character but it is nice watching him develop throughout the book and become a more likable character. I like how the story grew and developed really drawing one in keeping you engaged until the very end.

  • Compelling, relevant, gripping, provocative, challenging, heartwrenching … but above all, filled with hope. This is a highly entertaining story that grabbed me from the very first page and never let go – but that would just be the surface. When it comes to storytelling & writing style, Ruchti is in a class all her own.

  • Cynthia Ruchti is an author who I was introduced to a couple of years ago. Her story captured me from the first page and kept me reading to the end. A Fragile Hope was another book that captured me and brought me into the story and kept me hanging on to the end.

  • Connie Saunders says:

    I think all of us have endured a time of A Fragile Hope and I am looking forward to Cynthia’s book. She has a way of touching nerves and offering healing!

  • Book by Book says:

    Cynthia Ruchti writes beautifully moving stories, full of inspiring glimpses of hope and faith, and her newest novel A Fragile Hope is a perfect example.

  • Like Jesus’ stories, Ruchti’s “Hemmed in Hope” tales reveal raw life experience, desperate needy souls and yes, hope.

    As in everyday life, watching multiple reactions and actions for similar situations in my prayer circle brings fresh hope to current life situations. When the story characters finally begin to look for hope, to recognize hope and to hang onto hope for dear life, I too am lifted up and instructed out of this more than fiction story.

  • 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.

  • This book is extremely entertaining! I was able to read through it quickly and enjoyed each page as I read it. The way the characters develop and “grow” makes the reader feel that they are there from the beginning of their journey in the book.

  • I really liked this book. I liked the characters and the story is definitely unique. Another great novel by Cynthia Ruchti!

  • Cynthia uses a very difficult time in a married couples life to demonstrate what true love really is.

  • This book was super sad and there was some tears but I still had trouble putting the book down which was a great thing. It took me a little longer to read just because it was so emotional.

  • I was first introduced to Cynthia Ruchti a few years ago and I have eagerly looked for her new releases ever since. Each story I read leaves me wanting to read more and more of her books. As always, I was instantly swept away into the story from the first pages. One of the biggest reasons I love the books by Ruchti is because she writes raw and honest stories.

  • A Fragile Hope will tug at your emotions from the beginning . . . to the end. Cynthia Ruchti writes of love and forgiveness, hope and despair.

  • “Fragile Hope” is an amazing book. I stayed up waaaaay too late reading it because I couldn’t put it down& I may have cried a lot while reading this book.

  • This book is an excellent, well written story that will hold your attention from start to finish!

  • Every page was a twist. Every page held more suspense and character than any other novel I have ever read. I am definitely going back to find some more of her books and read them. She writes with such great passion and those are the kinds of books I LOVE to lose myself in.

  • I’m going to start out this book review post by saying this is one of the best Christian fiction books I’ve read in a long time, especially since I had never heard of this author, Cynthia Ruchti. It was so good, in fact, that I’ve already shared the book with one of my dear friends and hope that she loves it too! Since this isn’t Ms Ruchti’s first book, that means I need to get my hands on her other books so I can read them as well! (Hint, hint Ms. Ruchti if you are reading this…..)

  • This isn’t your typical everyday read. This may get your emotions flowing as Ruchti reminds us to love and cherish like there will be no tomorrow, especially since we are not promised tomorrow. This book is such a great reminder for us all to talk, and really talk, listen, and show appreciation to those that are in our lives and support us. This books hits on important topics that others may have trouble bringing up or discussing but is so important to do so. This was an emotional yet inspiring read and I look forward to reading more from this author.

  • Cynthia Ruchti is one of my favorite authors. Every book I have read by her has been wonderful and this one is no exception.

    A Fragile Hope has characters that you want to learn about. They feel so real as you read along. As they go through struggles, you feel like you are going through them as well. Cynthia has a way of pulling you into the story and you don’t want to leave.

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