Mystery, lost love, and adventure all dominate in Cynthia Ruchtiís novel They Almost Always Come Home. Libbyís marriage has been in trouble for several years, but she canít leave her husband if heís missing. Greg went on a canoe trip and was never heard from again. Libby and her best friend, along with Gregís dad, set out to retrace Gregís steps through the Canadian wilderness. But along the way, Libby finds more than she expected. On the one hand, she is overwhelmed by the outdoor beauty of Godís creation, with massive waterfalls, sparkling streams, golden sunsets, gliding eagles, and towering pine trees. On the other hand, the outdoor trek serves as a metaphor for the challenges of a marriage, wherein a wrong turn or a misread trail sign can lead to disaster.
The book is well written and dynamic. Through intensive dialogue and insertions of key back story episodes, readers can relate to the pain and conflict Libby and Greg have experienced. The characters must examine their commitment to each other, to God, and to those they love. The changes they experience during the story are believable, but not predictable. Ruchti combines aspects of every day life and outdoor adventure to draw the reader in. Because this novel shows both female and male perspectives, I would recommend it to all adults and older teens. Ė Grace C. Yates, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
When Libbyís husband Greg fails to return from a two-week canoe trip to the Canadian wilderness, the authorities soon write off his disappearance as an unhappy husbandís escape from an empty marriage and unrewarding career. Their marriage might have survived if their daughter Lacey hadnít diedÖand if Greg hadnít been responsible. Libby enlists the aid of her wilderness savvy father-in-law and her faith-walking best friend to help her search for clues to her husbandís disappearance...if for no other reason than to free her to move on. What the trio discovers in the search upends Libbyís presumptions about her husband and rearranges her faith.