As Waters Gone By by Cynthia Ruchti | Blog Tour and Summer of Fun $100 Giveaway

Can a marriage survive when separated by hundreds of miles and impenetrable prison walls? Find out in Cynthia Ruchti’s new book, As Waters Gone By. Emmalyn and Max Ross may have to endure the fight of their lives to mend the tattered fabric of their marriage. His actions ensured she could never be a mother and put him in prison, giving their relationship a court-mandated five-year time-out.

Cynthia is celebrating the release of As Waters Gone By by giving away a summer of fun to one lucky reader!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A $100 cash card to put toward your trip to Madeline Island (discover the beauty of the setting of As Waters Gone By) or your summer vacation destination
  • A book-club set (10 copies of As Waters Gone By and a downloadable starter kit) so you can start your own summer book club

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 10th. The winner will be announced June 11th on Cynthia’s blog.

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Plus, now through mid-July, sign up for Cynthia’s mailing list for a five-day virtual tour around Madeline Island for the chance to win a Hemmed in Hope prize pack. Each day begins with an email from Cynthia that introduces where you’ll be “visiting” that day (all key places from As Waters Gone By) with various interactive elements, including“I wish you were here” postcards, trivia quizzes, and an ongoing Island scavenger hunt. The person who interacts the most will win a Hemmed in Hope prize pack (valued at more than $200).


That includes:

  • The letterpress block Hope sign from DaySpring
  • A set of 6 Hemmed in Hope notecards showing a hope-themed Bible verse
  • A leather “I can’t unravel, I’m hemmed in hope” journal
  • Signed copies of each of Cynthia’s books, fiction and non-fiction


{More about As Waters Gone By}

As Waters Gone By (Abingdon, May 2015)

How can a marriage survive when separated by hundreds of miles and impenetrable prison walls?

Emmalyn and Max Ross may have to endure the fight of their lives to mend the tattered fabric of their marriage. His actions ensured she could never be a mother and put him in prison, giving their relationship a court-mandated five-year time-out. On a self-imposed exile to beautiful but remote Madeline Island, one of the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, Emmalyn has just a few months left to figure out if and how they can ever be a couple again.

Nudged along by the exuberant owner of the Wild Iris Inn and Café, a circle of misfit people in their small town, and a young girl who desperately needs someone to love her, Emmalyn restores an island cottage that could become a home and begins to restore her heart by learning what it means to love unconditionally. Yet even as hope begins to find a place within the cottage walls, Emmalyn still wonders if she’s ready for Max’s release. She may be able to rebuild a cottage, but can she rebuild a marriage?

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Cynthia Ruchti

{More About Cynthia Ruchti}

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope. She’s the award-winning author of 17 books and a frequent speaker for women’s ministry events. She serves as the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, where she helps retailers, libraries, and book clubs connect with the authors and books they love. She lives with her husband in Central Wisconsin.

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No separation of distance is beyond the reach of love

Award-winning author Cynthia Ruchti releases a new novel hemmed in hope.

5/1/2015 || Seattle: Every married couple has tensions they need to work through, but can a relationship survive hundreds of miles and endless yards of razor wire? The tenacity of God’s love and His longing to redeem broken people and their relationships are principles at the core of award-winning author Cynthia Ruchti’s new novel, As Waters Gone By (Abingdon Press/May 5, 2015/ISBN: 978-1426787270/$14.99).

Ruchti found the inspiration for her latest release in Job 11:16: “You will forget your trouble and remember it only as waters gone by.” The characters in As Waters Gone By are desperate to see their relational difficulties flow into the forgotten past. Emmalyn and Max Ross will have to endure the fight of their lives in order to mend the tattered fabric of their marriage. Max’s actions have landed him in prison and all but ensured Emmalyn will never be a mother. His five-year prison sentence gives their relationship a court-mandated time-out, leading Emmalyn to wonder if their relationship has met an inevitable end or if love can find a way past the barricades. Her heart filled with questions, she initiates a self-imposed exile to the beautiful but remote Madeline Island, one of the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior in Wisconsin.

Nudged by the exuberant owner of the Wild Iris Inn and Café, a circle of misfit people in their small village and a young, lonely girl, Emmalyn begins to restore an island cottage. As it slowly becomes a home, she feels her heart being restored. Yet even as hope begins to find a place within the cottage, Emmalyn still wonders if she’s ready for Max’s release. With just a few months left of her husband’s prison sentence, she has to figure out if and how they can ever be a couple again. She may be able to rebuild a cottage, but can Emmalyn rebuild a marriage?

Ruchti admits the story came from her own observations of couples with similar challenges. “My family has been plunged into some of the chapters in As Waters Gone By. My brother-in-law is currently incarcerated several states away,” she explains. “I’m watching my sister react to the situation with such grace, and the remarkable strengthening of their marriage and their faith despite the situation. Through this novel’s characters—whose story is much different than my family—I want to communicate the grace I’ve witnessed that can transform a long distance relationship from unraveled to hemmed in hope.”

Beyond its beautiful prose and deeply written characters, As Waters Gone By also captures the beauty of Madeline Island.  Ruchti and her husband vacationed there in the past and dream about owning a getaway cabin on its quiet coast. She says while she is excited to bring the island to the page, her ultimate hope is that readers find in As Waters Gone By a new understanding that no separation of distance and no depth of disappointment is ever too great for the redemptive power of God’s love.

For more information about As Waters Gone By and Cynthia Ruchti, visit You can also become a fan on Facebook (CynthiaRuchtiReaderPage) or follow her on Twitter (@cynthiaruchti).

Advance Praise

“Ruchti is one of the most beautiful writers in the market. Her newest novel, As Waters Gone By, is a mesmerizing and lovely tale of second chances and love that survives in spite of trials. Highly recommended!”

~ Colleen Coble, author of Seagrass Pier and the Hope Beach series

“Please. Read this book. It is deeply moving and profoundly important, especially in these days when our collective understanding of justice has gone awry. As the mother of an incarcerated son, I wept, laughed and nodded vigorously as I related to both Emmalyn and Cora with their evolving and complicated thoughts and feelings.”

~ Sue Badeau, author of Are We There Yet: The Ultimate Road Trip Adopting & Raising 22 Kids,

speaker and board member of Justice for Families

“Cynthia is adept at crafting tender stories of quiet hope. She includes just enough jagged-edged characters to make us see ourselves between the pages and opt for courage in our own lives. Her stories will stir your emotions and settle your heart by the time you turn the last page.”

~ Robin Jones Gunn, best-selling novelist and author of Victim of Grace

About the Author

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in Hope through her novels, novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals, drawing from 33 years of on-air radio ministry. Ruchti has 15 books in print and has received numerous awards and nominations, including the RT Reviewers’ Choice, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year nominations, two Selah Awards, Christian Retailing’s BEST and ACFW’s Carol Award, among other honors.

Ruchti’s articles have appeared in a number of publications and online resources, including Leadership Journal, Today’s Christian Woman and Charisma.

One of Ruchti’s greatest joys is helping other writers grow in their craft. To that end, she serves as co-director and a faculty member of the Green Lake Christian Writers Conference, has served as worship and devotions staff for the Write-to-Publish conference and teaches at other conferences like the Blue Ridge Christian Writers’ Conference as opportunities arise. She also serves as the professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers.

Ruchti speaks frequently for women’s groups and serves on her church’s worship team and Creative Arts team. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

To keep up with Cynthia Ruchti, visit You can also become a fan on Facebook (CynthiaRuchtiReaderPage) or follow her on Twitter (@cynthiaruchti).

Suggested interview questions

In a few sentences, tell us about As Waters Gone By and your inspiration for the book.

—You aren’t afraid to take on difficult subjects in your stories. As Waters Gone By deals with serious life issues such as infertility, broken marriages and even the incarceration of a spouse. Why do you take on these heavy-hitting topics?

Tell us a little bit about your heroine, Emmalyn. Did you include any elements of yourself when crafting her?

—Do you think a marriage can survive any kind of trial?

—How can families come together during a tragedy rather than letting it drive them apart?

—How can unmet expectations drive a wedge between us and God?

—In your own life, how have you found peace in life despite disappointments or troubling circumstances?

—Do you think God brings certain people into our lives at the right moment? Could you share a story about someone who came into your life at just the right time?

—How important are strong female friendships during hard times?

—You use actual locations and geographical features found on Madeline Island, Wisconsin, in the book. Tell us about your trips to this area and how the setting, including a little cottage, stayed with you.

—In what way is that setting—and the timeline of late autumn and winter—key to the story?

—Most of the characters in As Waters Gone By are layered with their own painful histories or current crises. How did it change you as you created them?

—You chose to use several instances of symbolism in As Waters Gone By. What was the most meaningful piece of symbolism for you?

—What do you hope readers learn about the evolution of personal faith by reading As Waters Gone By?

Cynthia Ruchti is available for interviews to promote the release of As Waters Gone By. To request a review copy, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings,


  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    Cynthia Ruchti is a talented writer who paints beautiful pictures both of landscapes and of the souls of people through her use of words. This book is a winner and I give it an A.

    Written by This That and The Other Thing on May 11, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    Deb’s Dozen: Amazing what hope and healing occurs when God’s grace touches hurting hearts.

    Seldom do I review two books by the same author back to back, but Cynthia Ruchti’s beautiful words have graced my life for the past two days. Cynthia has the talent to turn the mundane aspects of life into special moments. For example, “Sometimes caring feels like spoiling. Gratitude evens things out.” or “A single, sweet, solemn tear slipped down Hope’s cheek. She smiled through it.”

    As Waters Gone By will bring you many more moments and phrases like that one. And what’s not to like about a book where one of the main characters is named Boozie Unfortunate—and is that a story! The scene is Madeline Island, one of the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior—the only inhabited one.

    Written by Positive Grace on May 19, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    I’m Cynthia’s number one fan, to date I have read all of her books and loved them everyone.

    As Waters Gone By was such an emotional read but it was a deep read one where when you’re done reading it you are still thinking about the characters and left wanting more.

    Job 11:16 was the bases for the title, it’s okay go look the scripture up.

    You are going to be so happy that you bought a copy of this book.

    A great book of hope, please don’t miss this book. When you step inside this book you will NEVER want to leave.

    I gave this book 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

    Written by The Mary Book Reader on May 21, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    “Bougie’s smile bloomed and spread…’Grace always outweighs gravity’.” Words I want to engrave on my heart. Cynthia Rutchi has written a beautiful tale of confusion, fear, love, forgiveness, and grace. As soon as I opened the first chapter and started to read, I wanted to climb in the book and get to know the characters better. Take Emmalyn’s hand and walk with her along the beach. Sit and drink tea with Bougie, the quirky innkeeper and even climb on the roof to work with Cora. The story comes to life immediately and holds on until the satisfying end. The author’s incredible description paints an inviting setting from the Wild Iris Inn on Madeline Island to the cottage by the lake. I just can’t say enough good things about this powerful story. If I could give more than five stars I would.

    Written by Beauty in Everyday Life on May 23, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable novel. I love the way it was crafted, with Emmalyn in a difficult situation, and then revealing the back story bit by bit. I loved the characters. Some were so quirky, yet their Christian witness was something we can all follow – showing grace and love to the broken. Ruchti is a word smith. Some of the sentences I just stopped and savored. This is a great novel about restoration and healing. I highly recommend it.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on May 23, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    I have never been a huge Christian fiction fan… I say have, after reading “As Waters Gone By”, I have changed my perception of Christian Fiction. Cynthia Ruchti made a Christian fiction lover out of me. If all Christian fiction books are as beautifully written then I must read more. Cynthia has a way of writing that you feel as if you are a part of the story, not necessarily as a character but you are seeing her beautiful words that are seasoned with grace flowing before you and you come to feel as if you personally know each character. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll long for more. “As Waters Gone By” is an easy read. Almost immediately your attention is drawn in to this intricate story of a husband and wife.

    Written by Melissa’s and Dawn’s Musings on May 25, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    Ms. Cynthia Ruchti is such a talented writer as she writes with such inspiration that warms the heart. The story holds a lot of emotion of such loss, sacrifice, faith, peace and hope that you will find your way when given a second chance. Life delivers such tragedies and trials in all of our lives. As from Job 11:16 – “You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by.

    Written by Books, Reviews, Etc. on May 25, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    As Waters Gone By by Cynthia Ruchti was a great story. I fell in love with the crazy people who lived on Madeline Island because I could totally see people really acting they did and they made me love the story even more that I did when I started the book.

    Written by The World As I See It on May 25, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    This is the first book that I have read by this author. I’ve looked at them a time or two, but never taken the time to sit down and read one of her titles. I am so glad that I received this one to review! The story was different, in a good way. I like that she builds the story, rather than giving you all the information about the characters at once. The secondary characters are amazing and full of depth, which is a huge plus in my book! I also really enjoyed her descriptive way of writing. And, the story itself was amazing! Two thumbs up!

    Written by Inklings and Notions on May 25, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    Each time I read a novel like this one, I often ask myself the same questions I posted at the beginning of the review. How would I handle the situation the main character Emmalyn finds herself in, not by her own choices, but those of her husband which impacts her. I love that it is set on an Madeline Island, one of the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior and found myself quite literally in the shoes of Emmalyn as I was reading it. This one truly begs to be read in a cottage by a lake, and I can’t wait to take it with me when I finally go on vacation. A phenomenal novel to add to your MUST read summer book list!

    Written by Reviews from the Heart on May 26, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    As Waters Gone By is a prime example of Ruchti’s ability to carve her name into the tree of your heart. This is a great book to explain the idea that family isn’t always determined from a bloodline. Sometimes the family we choose is the dearest of them all. We all know someone like Emmalynn, and this book serves as a good reminder not to forget her.

    Written by Savings in Seconds on May 27, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’ Book Review

    I loved this book. I can’t say enough about the characters but you really feel like you are in the middle of this book and want to jump up to help every time that they needed anything. The descriptions of the foods will make you want to make these wonderful tasty comfort foods and the description of the surroundings will make you want to take a trip to this remote island. I don’t know why I have always wanted to live on a small island but the thought has always been appealing! This book will make you feel like part of this fun little community that pulls together in times of trouble. Emmalyn, M for short, has gone through her life doing as she thought she should do but coming to this town makes her grow up and realize that there are other things that can make you happy!

    Written by NOVA Frugal Family on May 27, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    “As Waters Gone By” is one of the most beautiful and touching novels I have experienced in quite awhile. Its pages are filled with unique and sometimes quirky but lovable characters that somehow manage to encourage and bring hope and healing, even in the midst of darkness and despair.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on May 27, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    Rich. If I could only use one word to describe Cynthia Ruchti’s new novel, that is what it would be. Rich like triple chocolate cake. Rich like a long soak in a hot bath. Rich like faith which has gone through the fire and come out stronger on the other side.

    Emmalyn’s tentative journey to hope is beautifully chronicled. While not all of us have experienced the exact losses that Emmalyn has gone through, I think we can all relate to times in our lives when we’ve faced sorrows and great uncertainty. Add in unexpected delays and some of those crazy twists that life has a way of throwing in, and you have the makings of of a story that rings true to life.

    Written by ReviewsByErin on May 28, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    This is the first book of Cynthia Ruchti I read so I was not sure what to expect. Emmalyn’s world changed in an instant when her husband landed him in jail for 5 years. Emmalyn leaves her job and sells the house to stay afloat during this time. She moves to Max’s (her husband) hunting cabin in a remote town in Wisconsin. Here she hopes to start out again. With the help of the different people in town she starts to live again.

    I thought this was a wonderful book and look forward to reading more from Cynthia Ruchti. It was one I didn’t want to put down.

    Written by Kaisy Daisy’s Corner on May 28, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    Cynthia Ruchti’s As Waters Gone By a simultaneously heartwrenching and heartwarming read. It offers a beautiful, emotional and uplifting story that left me quite satisfied. For readers of contemporary fiction, it is certainly worth the read – I highly recommend it.

    Written by Book by Book on May 28, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    What words can I use to describe a work of fiction filled with compelling characters and unexpected themes? I read through the novel becoming emotionally involved in the scenes placed on the page which doesn’t happen all too often for me when opening a work of fiction. However, As Waters Go By is definitely an exception!

    Written by Seeking with all Yur Heart on May 29, 2015

  • Cynthia Ruchti’s ‘As Waters Gone By’

    “As Waters Gone By” by Cynthia Ruchti is one of those books that immediately draws the reader completely into and stays long after the story is done. Emmalyn had a happy life, seemingly content, until she missed a phone call from her husband by three minutes. These three seconds cause her life to completely change and she is faced with some hard trials to face and decisions to make. Emmalyn was easy to empathize with and I found myself through the book asking myself what I would do if I were in her shoes and I honestly didn’t have clear answers.

    Written by Moments on May 30, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    This book spoke volumes to me because I can relate to how Emmalyn felt alone. I had something horrible happen in my family a number of years back that made me feel so isolated from everyone since they had absolutely no idea of how I felt. Fortunately, I had one person like Bougie who wouldn’t let me sit around and wallow in my despair. She was always available and constantly sent me reminders about God’s love for me. I highly recommend this book.

    Written by Frugal Shopping and More on May 30, 2015

  • Book Review – ‘As Waters Gone By’

    This is one of the most beautiful stories I’ve read in a long time and I think it’s because it’s underlining theme was always hope, healing, forgiveness and grace. What could be better than that? My absolute favorite line in the book is “Grace always outweighs gravity”. Wow! If we could always remember that when we think of how much grace the Lord has for us. I just loved this so much!

    This is a book that you must read. It pulls you into the pages and you truly care about each and every one of these people. It makes you think, laugh and cry (have tissues near by – seriously!). I just loved this book and highly, highly recommend it!

    Written by Julie – More of Him on May 30, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    As Waters Gone By is a deep and touching story about a woman coming to terms with the new challenges in her life. It’s a story about moving on, and allowing the “hypothetical” waters to wash away the memories of the past and begin with “a home of new memories.” This is a story that is full of fresh perspectives and has a cast of incredible characters that makes the story even more satisfying to read.

    Written by Taylor Reid Reads and Breathes on May 31, 2015

  • Great Beauty and Pearls of Wisdom

    Savour As Waters Gone By like a delicious dessert or a fine wine. Linger over its words. Immerse yourself in a story so beautiful, you will never want it to end.
    Gather pearls of wisdom and wise advice along the way.
    Let this very powerful novel sink deep into your soul.

    Written by Avid Reader Reviews on May 31, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    A story of pain, sorrow, healing, love and cleansing. Emmalyn moves to a small town so she can pick up the pieces of her life. Well, so she can pick up the pieces of what’s left of her life. Her husband is in prison and due to be released soon. Can their marriage possibly survive this?

    Through it all, we meet some quirky characters that help “M” heal from the heartache her life has been. It’s uniquely written as if we were in Emmalyn’s mind, but it’s not in first person. There is much depth here in learning to forgive, to trust God, and to live life to the fullest. Great read and well written.

    Written by aTransParentMom on May 31, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    Honestly, this is a remarkable story that will leave its imprint upon your heart! You will probably cry a little. I know you will laugh a little! And you will rejoice, grieve, grow and change with each page of the story! I cannot begin to recommend this novel highly enough!! Transformational in every single way!!

    Written by Kim Ford on June 1, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    As Waters Gone By was another beautiful, redemptive tale from Cynthia Ruchti. It is one that will stay with me as time passes. It has a heartfelt message. Full of friendship, family, love, and inspiration. I would definitely recommend it to those who enjoy reading in the contemporary Christian fiction genre.

    Written by Wishful Endings on June 2, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    When I read that Cynthia Ruchti’s newest book was set on Madeline Island, the largest of Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands, I was immediately interested. Lake Superior is one of my favorite places on earth. When our family used to camp on the shores of Lake Superior at a special, almost unknown campground, I could feel myself being revitalized. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands are where my husband and I spent our honeymoon forty-four years ago. Somehow I knew that Ruchti’s book would be one of renewal and love. I just didn’t know what a tender, fragile story it would be. It almost reminds one of a wounded bird being found, nursed back to health, and then that baby bird begins to soar.

    Written by Thoughts from Mill Street on June 2, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’ Review

    This is my first book from Cynthia and I am REALLY enjoying it!….I absolutely LOVE her characters especially the Inn owner! This eccentric extraordinaire with a heart for Jesus and soul full of wisdom is amazing!

    Written by ASC Book Reviews on June 2, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    Cynthia Ruchti writes so that we can see what’s she’s talking about. When you read her sentences, your imagination fills with the sounds and colors and sensations that she’s describing. (This descriptiveness comes in handy when she’s talking about food!)
    Cynthia is also skilled at rendering emotions. I could feel the combination of serenity and good chaos at the Wild Iris; I could see the dilapidated cottage and its latent possibility, and I could sense the hollow in Emmalyn’s chest when she thought of her husband behind bars.

    Someday you will remember your troubles “as waters gone by.” They washed over you, they frightened you, they soaked you and nearly drowned you. What now? Will you find renewed courage and joy in yourself and the world?

    Written by Found a Christian by His Grace on June 3, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    The mystery that this book starts out with is super intriguing. it definitely kept me interested. halfway through i’m still unsure of some things but always keeping you guessing is what makes a great novel in my opinion.

    Written by The Ramblings of Miss Aimymichelle on June 3, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    This is a book about hope, grace, forgiveness and so much more. Based on the bible verse Job 11:16, you will understand the title of the book. Emmalyn moves to Madeline Island to work on herself and what GOD really has in store for her life. Her husband is in jail and had said some terrible things to her about their lives together. The island life gives Emmalyn hope for a future… a happy future, as she is forced to think about her feelings.

    The story is one that will get you emotionally involved to make you ask yourself what would you do? Would you be able to have forgiveness and move on to what GOD really wants you to do? There are many different characters in the book that makes you want to know all of their stories.

    Written by Deb’s Book Review on June 3, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    AS WATERS GONE BY is a book that will tuck on your heartstrings, reach out and draw you in and not let you go. It is that good. At first, I wasn’t real sure what to think about it. Emmalyn seemed rather cold and stiff, and I wasn’t sure even Ms. Ruchti would be able to make me care… but she did. I fell in love with the characters on Madeline Island — Boozie Unfortunate, Pirate Joe, Kate, and her son. I laughed. I cried. It moved me. And now I’m closing this book like a friend I don’t want to say goodbye to. I want to see more of these characters, see more of their futures, and revisit them again someday. A beautiful story.

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on June 4, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’ Review

    An incredible, powerful story of love,faith, loss, forgiveness and hope. I could not put it down!

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on June 4, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    Oh. My. Once again, Cynthia Ruchti has penned a poignant story to touch the heart and soul….While raw and authentic in its depiction of the emotions and struggles faced in such a situation, this tale emanates hope and grace that will minister to all. I loved the eclectic cast of characters and the unique contribution each brings to the story. Tears and smiles mingled as I read, and I truly hated to reach the final pages, although I closed the book with a satisfied sigh.

    Written by Mocha with Linda on June 4, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    This is a tale of change and adjustment, of picking up the broken pieces of life and putting them together to create something new. Emmalyn’s empty heart is right for filling, and it’s when she lets go of the one dream that God fulfills it in an unexpected way. She also discovers that maybe her husband isn’t wholly to blame for their estrangement after all.

    As Waters Gone By is the second novel I’ve read by Cynthia Ruchti and I have to say it’s a compelling read. Despite the lack of high tension drama, it held my interest throughout and ended on a positive note. If Cynthia Ruchti is new to you, she’s an author I can definitely recommend.

    Written by Proverbial Reads on June 4, 2015

  • There is Always Hope!

    Cynthia Ruchti has penned yet another book filled with hope. A book that touched on a topic that is so moving. You can practically feel the emotions of the characters and see the cottage

    Written by CherylBBookBlog on June 5, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    As Waters Gone By is a story of rebirth, forgiveness, faith, love and friendship. The characters living among it’s pages are unique and fascinating and I guarantee you won’t soon forget them. Bougie Unfortunate, owner of the Wild Iris Inn, is one of a kind. An old soul with a penchant for “recycled” prom dresses, an unwavering faith in God and a gift for tending wounded souls who’ve lost their way in life, she’s larger than life. Cynthia Ruchti, you’ve outdone yourself with Bougie- Bravo! Emmalynn Ross is broken, almost past the point of being salvageable. Her husband is in jail, her dreams of children never materialized, she’s lost her home and her business and all that’s left is an old hunting cottage and a broken heart. The beauty of Emmalynn is the way that God reached out to her in her brokenness. It’s when we’re at our lowest that we realize how very much we need the Lord. In love he draws us near and heals us in a way that the world can never do. Hope Elizabeth (Emmalynn’s husband’s daughter from a previous relationship) is another character that I absolutely adored. Just 12 years old with nowhere to go, she comes to stay with Emmalynn in her darling little cottage on the beach. She’s a keeper. And Comfort, sweet Comfort, the little dog that wanders into Emmalynn’s life. How much better we’d all feel if we had a little Comfort in our lives. Precious.

    Needless to say, Cynthia Ruchti is my new favorite author. I’m going to read every one of her books- and reread them. As Waters Gone By is definitely a masterpiece for the heart.

    Written by Morning Glories and Moonflowers on June 5, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    This is the first of Cynthia Ruchti’s books that I have read and I fell in love. As a military spouse long lonely days are not foreign. That familiar ache of wondering where he is, what he is doing, and who he will be when he returns connected me immediately to Emmalyn Ross. Every character in this book was rich and intriguing. No one fell flat. I fell in love immediately with the strong military wife, Cora, who held down the homefront with strength, vulnerability, and grace.

    Written by Finding Joy in Everyday on June 6, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    I loved this memorable story of hope and healing! Cynthia Ruchti drew me into the pages with her excellent characterization and beautiful imagery. As Waters Gone By is a book to enjoy and savor!

    Written by Buzzing About Books on June 6, 2015

  • Book Review: ‘As Waters Gone By’

    Emmalyn is a wonderful character that you wish could be your friend and that you could help in her moment of crisis. Ms. Ruchti has given us lots to think about. This is a wonderful page turner.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on June 6, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    This book review is for the book “As Waters Gone By” by Cynthia Ruchti. In this book, Emmalyn Ross and her husband Max are really struggling to keep their marriage together. It is particularly a struggle because Max is in prison. After not speaking for a few years, Emmalyn strikes out on her own for a new beginning. What she finds in her new beginning is hope and redemption. Even when a monkey wrench is thrown into the equation in the form of Max’s 12-year old daughter (aptly named “Hope”), the journey still continues down a beautiful path.

    I enjoyed the characters of this novel and their spunky personalities. I felt the end tied up really quickly and I would have liked a bit more of an epilogue, but I liked the story quite a lot.

    Written by The Talbert Report on June 7, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    When I read, the most important aspect that I look for is the theme or lesson. I always ask what I have learned from the story or what I should apply to my life. This novel was beautiful with many moments encouraging growth in the reader.

    The characters in this story really make the novel! They are quirky and real, and you really follow Emmalyn through discoveries and growth. Readers are able to glimpse into the little things that happen to her to allow her to re-open her heart. I found it incredibly beautiful and motivating, and I would highly recommend it!

    Written by Inspired by Fiction on June 7, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    This book was not at all what I was expecting it to be, and I both loved it and disliked it at the same time.

    I loved the redemption story that was, in my opinion, much of the basis of the whole story.I felt like I missed a lot of Emmalyn’s background story since this book started with her arriving at the island for the first time. However, much of her background is later revealed throughout the book as she flashbacks to days before her husband was sent to prison.

    Written by Ting’s Mom Books on June 7, 2015

  • Touching Story of Hope and Healing

    Wow, what a story!

    This story is one that tugged at my heart on so many levels. I found hurt, brokenness, despair — but also so much hope, healing, restoration, and joy!

    The cast of characters that Cynthia put together for this story is an absolute delight!

    Written by Southern Gal Loves to Read on June 7, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    As Waters Gone By is a book that talks of a love separated by bad decisions and circumstance yet it hopes, wants and tries to survive. Both Emmalyn and Max love each other but their lack of communication and the vast distance, both physical and emotional almost destroys their love. This book talks of faith, hope, inner strength and the support of friends, many of whom are fighting their own battles. It shares a lot of verses from the Bible yet it only highlights what we seem to forget that God is our guide, her points towards the right path but we have to follow it. I found love and the faith of god blended quite well in the book.
    It shows two sides of separation; one of a lady whose husband is on deployment and the other whose is in prison yet they both grapple with similar issues.

    Written by Eloquent Articulation on June 7, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    I love Cynthia Ruchti’s books! Man, does this woman know how to write! She has you so entranced in her words, that you’ll never be able to set this book down! As Water’s Gone By is another of one her wonderful books!

    Written by A Simple Life, Really?! on June 8, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    LOVED!!!! I loved the whole thing. I seem to love books about a woman taking off to start her life over (but then I did the same thing 26 yrs ago).
    I loved the cottage on the water setting.
    I loved the Inn and Cafe’.
    I loved the remodeling.
    I loved all the quirky characters.
    I loved that one of the characters was a knitter!!!!
    I loved the main character.
    I loved the author’s writing style.
    This was the perfect book for me – a nice easy going page turner.

    Written by Wall-to-Wall Books on June 8, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    What a unique story line! I have never ready a book about this type of subject and marriage and it really made me think!

    I also love the setting of the book – Madeline Island! It sounds like a beautiful place and Cynthia Ruchti does an amazing job of description and re-creating the scenes so that I really felt like I was there with Emmalyn!

    But, best of all, is the theme of the book – the hope and healing we have in Christ no matter what situation we are in!

    Written by The Review Stew on June 8, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    While the writing remains past tense, the specific voice the author uses allows the reader to follow directly along with Emmalyn’s thought process, even to the point of reading Emmalyn’s train of thought switch mid-sentence. This immediacy helps the reader think and feel as Emmalyn is in the story.

    I found myself deeply caring about many of the flavorful and varied side characters by Chapter 4 (the side characters ended up being my favorite!), as well as loving the little island town (and wanting to visit!).

    Written by Under God’s Mighty Hand on June 8, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    Cynthia’s books are real, and this one is no different – it’s real, it’s raw and honest – which is how I’m trying to live my life now, real, raw and honest so I see this book differently than I saw her first. At times I was laughing out loud and at others I was crying – my emotions ran the gamut with this book – and I think I needed that. Through the book, Emmalyn shares her heart and as she walks through the rocky road of forgiveness I saw her change, she embraced who she was and quit wallowing in self pity and when she forgave herself she could then begin to forgive others and not focus on their flaws. I’d have to say this is one of the more inspiring books I’ve read in a long time.

    Written by Growing for Christ on June 9, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    I just need to say how much I LOVE the setting of this book! I want to rush right out and travel to Madeline Island! It felt remote, quaint, beautiful, and incredibly peaceful! Of course that could have been (and I am sure was) partly due to the depth of warmth and life and the cast of characters in as waters gone by.

    While I expected certain outcomes from this book (Emmalyn and Max to work through things and be together), I did not expect the journey that got her there. I loved the unexpected obstacles and the surprise twist (I won’t spoil it). Now having read it I can’t imagine her story being fulfilled in any other way!

    This is a great read about staying power, communication, love, forgiveness, and healing!

    Written by Starts At Eight on June 9, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    Judging a book by it’s cover can be a good thing for this story. This little cottage is where Emmalynn is trying to rebuild her life. The first tag line for this book was “How can a marriage survive when separated by hundreds of miles and impenetrable prison walls?” I really was a bit confused by the lack of communication between Emmalynn and Max while he was in prison, and that made me wonder about the surviving of the marriage. However reading on, you will be drawn into their story and feel their conflict and pain. Cynthia Ruchti is so talented with her writing, you feel this story. I want to visit Madeline Island and eat some of the wonderful things shared in this story. Is it a happy ending? Read the story to find out..
    A great book from a wonderfully talented author. 4.5 stars

    Written by Cindy’s Book Reviews on June 9, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    This is why I read fiction. Many stories entertain and inspire me, tugging at my heart and pulling me away from the busyness and cares of life. But every once in a while, a gem like Cynthia Ruchti’s As Waters Gone By comes along – and hoping to stumble across those gems is why I read. This story embodies all that Christian fiction should be, a story that conveys the heartbreak, anger and distancing of oneself from God when life’s strongest desires aren’t met and the unimaginable happens – and then we get to travel with the characters down their path to healing. Highly recommended, “best of the best” for me.

    Written by The Power of Words on June 9, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    Absolutely loved this book, the story and the cover…loved loved loved it! The characters we meet quickly became dear to my heart. Written in such a way that reveals Emmalyn’s soul beautifully. I’m such a fan of Ruchti’s books and pretty sure you will be also.

    Written by Deco My Heart on June 9, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    This was a book about a woman who is trying to find herself and reassess her life. Emmalyn’s life has fallen apart since her husband Max has been incarcerated in prison. So she travels to the idyllic island Madeline Island to figure out her life. This book is filled with quirky characters. It is a story of hope. If you are struggling yourself with purpose, this is a good book to pick up and read.

    Written by Melina’s Book Blog on June 9, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    I was lucky enough to be chosen to receive a copy of Cynthia Ruchti’s book As Waters Gone By.

    I really enjoyed this book. The topic, the setting, the characters, it all drew me in from the start until the end of this book. It was a hard topic, lots of tough decisions and outcomes, but the way the author wrote about them there was always a helpful discussion around it.

    I loved the setting of this book. I live in Northern MN, so I have been to Bayfield WI many times. I enjoyed reading about a book set in an area I am very familiar with.

    I look forward to reading more books by Cynthia Ruchti.

    Written by Addison’s Abode on June 9, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    This is one of those stories that you simply cannot miss. Once you read it you’ll want to tell everyone else to as well!

    Extremely well written, they entire book came to life for me …… I went through just about every emotion I had while reading this book, it was entertaining, thought provoking, at times sad, and happy as well. A great summer read! …cannot wait for more from Cynthia.

    Written by Knits, Reads, and Reviews on June 9, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    All the characters in this story were lovely, interesting people. But there was something special about Boozie. She just embraced who she was and her role of encourager and truth teller and light bringer to people who are down and out. She’s a little “weird” (maybe), but I just adored her.

    Do yourself a favor and grab a copy of this book if you’re in the mood for a hope-filled story.

    Written by Brooke @ i blog 4 books on June 9, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    Don’t you just love when a book surprises you?? I sure do, and, As Waters Gone By definitely surprised me. The story was so much more than I had originally thought!

    I fell in love with the storyline as well as the quirky characters! I loved Emmalyn and her determined self!! Despite the fact that her husband is in jail and told her he wants a divorce, she fights hard to find herself and move forward in her life!

    Bougie is possibly my favorite! She listens, loves, and through her serving at the Wild Iris Inn, she helps so many to begin the healing process!!

    There are others that you will meet in this wonderful story and I believe you will love them like I do. As Waters Gone By is such an inspirational book and filled with such hope! The setting is PERFECT for a summer read too!

    Written by Heart of a Bookworm on June 9, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    This is my first time reading a book by Author, Cynthia Ruchti, but I already love her writing style.

    Written by Our Perfectly Imperfect Life! on June 10, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    This book has so much more depth to it then so many Christian fiction books on the market and it deals with some very hard issues. I am not sure how many books I have read where the husband is in jail. I really appreciate the characters in this book, flaws and all. I love how the author handled the tough issues and really got me thinking, she did a great job and I highly recommend this book.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on June 10, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    I was captivated by this book front the moment I received it in the mail. I couldn’t wait to read it. The cover just screamed relaxation to me and who doesn’t like a book like that?! Everything about the cover attracted me to this book.

    I was impressed by Cynthia Ruchti after reading one of her previous books. Her writing is engaging and really speaks to the heart of the reader. Her characters struggle with real issues. In this book, it’s forgiveness for a reason that most books don’t touch.

    Written by When life gets you down . . . read a book on June 10, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    I really enjoyed this book and it is definitely going on my reread pile. I liked that Emmalyn’s life didn’t become perfect after she moved to the island and I liked the fact that the quirky characters that lived on the island help her to see that it was alright that life isn’t always perfect. Great book. Highly recommended.

    Written by A Room without Books is Empty on June 10, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    In the beginning of reading this book it was hard for me to get into of you know what I mean. But then I started to really enjoy it. The way the author describes the people and place made me feel like I was there.
    The author weaves a story not only about Emmalyn and her husband but of others on the island. I really enjoyed the stories of Cora and the owner of the Iris Inn. As you read you will find how God works in the lives of other and if willing we too can be used by God to do the same for others.
    I would recommend this book to my friends.

    Written by Walking in Grace on June 10, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    As Waters Gone By is a wonderful book filled with Biblical hope! Set in the backdrop of a beautiful setting, Cynthia creates a story of faith and finding joy even in difficult circumstances. It is hard to put into words the encouragement I felt as I read this book; it lifted my heart. As Waters Gone By makes you want to believe in second chances and the hope for redemption. It reminds you of who God is – of His mercy and grace but most of all His faithfulness to his children.

    Cynthia’s writing is different from other authors I have read. She paints a descriptive picture of emotions with the setting; the reader feels the words written on the page. It felt as though I was right there beside Emmalyn getting a glimpse into her heartache and redemption. The other characters are well-developed as well. The theme of true friendship is very apparent in this story.

    Written by Simple Harvest Reads on June 10, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    I do enjoy stories that live in reality and this book certainly is grounded. The prose was a bit descriptive at the beginning, but then as I settled into the book it fit with the story and now I would love to go visit Madeline Island!

    This book deals with some tough topics, things that I don’t necessarily think about every day, but that perhaps should be thought about more often. Cynthia did so in a way that invites contemplation, not preaching.

    I certainly hope there is a sequel to this book that focuses on one (or more) of the other characters in the story while giving a peek at how Emmalyn is doing!

    Written by Welcome to Married Life on June 10, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    Where to start with this book? The premise intrigued me because I love stories of marriage and reconciliation and hope and that is exactly what this story is. I loved the thought of reading about a women who is broken and whose husband is in jail. What I didn’t expect is why he was in jail and the journey to wholeness that would happen for both of them. The theme of hope is so strongly written throughout this book and especially in the character of Boozy (Bougie).

    Read more on my blog. I had to much to say to fit it here.

    Written by The Crafty Home on June 10, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. I’d never read anything by this author(though they sent me a complimentary copy of one of her other books which I’ll be reading) and didn’t know anything about her style. Wow. That’s what I have to say. This was very well written. I loved the characters and they had so much. . . . well character to them! Each one had a story to tell and I’m hoping to explore those stories in further books from her. Especially the story behind Boozy Unfortunate! What a name!

    Okay so for this book. It just happened that the Sunday of church after I finished this book that our pastor was preaching on Rachel and Leah. Rachel and Leah are key to this book as well because it’s a defining moment when Emmalyn realizes that she is the Rachel in her story.

    Written by For Him and My Family on June 21, 2015

  • ‘As Waters Gone By’

    I was delighted to be chosen to read and review this book. It was an amazingly written story of people coming to terms with the hands they had been dealt in life and finding redemption. I LOVED IT! I loved everything about it. The setting, the characters, all felt as if they were familiar to me. The Great Lakes are magnificent and I could feel I was drawn on to the island with all the characters. They became real on the page. Ruchti has quite a knack for character development. This is a must read and a definite addition for a person library.

    Written by Karen’s Korner on June 15, 2015
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  • Susan Snodgrass says:

    I would love to be entered in the contest.


    Thank you for the chance to win

  • Kim Ford says:

    I would love to be considered for this contest!