Facing the Dawn
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"An emotional roller coaster of loss, faith, hope, and redemption. I couldn't stop reading."--Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
While her humanitarian husband Liam has been digging wells in Africa, Mara Jacobs has been struggling. She knows she's supposed to feel a warm glow that her husband is eight time zones away, caring for widows and orphans. But she is exhausted, working a demanding yet unrewarding job, trying to manage their three detention-prone and needy kids, failing at her to-repair list, and fading like a garment left too long in the sun.
Then Liam's three-year absence turns into something more, changing everything and plunging her into a sunless grief. As Mara struggles to find her footing, she discovers that even when hope is tenuous, faith is fragile, and the future is unknown, we can be sure we are not forgotten . . . or unloved.
"Cynthia Ruchti writes with faith and heart, exploring life and love with sensitivity and an underlying sense of grace."--Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours and The Book of Lost Friends
"Cynthia Ruchti outdoes herself in this gripping story about the resilience of the human heart."--Suzanne Woods Fisher, bestselling author of On a Summer Tide
"Facing the Dawn was an emotional roller coaster of loss, faith, hope, and redemption. The pages flew by, and I couldn't stop reading."
Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Cynthia Ruchti writes with faith and heart, exploring life and love with sensitivity and an underlying sense of grace."
Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours and The Book of Lost Friends
"In Facing the Dawn, Mara Jacobs is barely holding her family together when unthinkable tragedies hit, one after the other. With courage, wit, and a little help from her friends, Mara works to put her life back together. Author Cynthia Ruchti outdoes herself in this gripping story about the resilience of the human heart."
Suzanne Woods Fisher, bestselling author of On a Summer Tide
"I loved the power of hope and friendship in Ruchti's Facing the Dawn. It inspired me to love well and live generously. And isn't inspiration the point of good fiction?"
Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author
"My heart cried with and for Mara in Facing the Dawn as she dealt with loss after loss that ripped her 'I can handle anything' belief to shreds. Could she let a forever friend and others of both her old and new life help her discover second chances and a new purpose?"
Lauraine Snelling, author of Blessings to Cherish
"Facing the Dawn captures the drama, heartache, grief, and spiritual conflict of a mother caught up in unexpected and devastating life events. Cynthia Ruchti skillfully reveals what the main character is thinking as she deals with the emotions connected to extreme loss and the impact it has on her children. This is a page-turner you don't want to miss."
Carol Kent, speaker and author of He Holds My Hand
"Cynthia Ruchti is a novelist I read with a pen in my hand because of all the 'notes to self' and 'messages to share' I jot in the margins. I am a better person for reading the words and message of Facing the Dawn."
Pam Farrel, author of more than 50 books including bestselling Discovering Hope in the Psalms: A Creative Bible Study Experience and Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti
"Only a truly skilled novelist can achieve an exquisitely delicate balance of heart-squeezing empathy interspersed with just the right touch of humor. Cynthia Ruchti is that caliber of writer, and Facing the Dawn is that kind of book."
Becky Melby, author of Candles in the Rain
"In Facing the Dawn, author Cynthia Ruchti confronts painful issues such as the loss of a spouse and other deep griefs, but undergirds the story with her trademark perspective of hope. As her fictional characters asked honest questions we all wrestle with, Ruchti's realistic writing kept me turning the pages--and she never settled for pat answers or clichés. Facing the Dawn isn't an easy read--but it is a compelling must-read."
Beth K. Vogt, award-winning author of the Thatcher Sisters series
"Facing the Dawn is a beautiful story about how hope and friendship can provide redemptive opportunities for second chances. When we tenaciously love others during their toughest of times, that kind of friendship leads the hurting and broken from darkness to light. Cynthia Ruchti's newest novel is another golden gift hemmed in hope."
Janet Holm McHenry, author of 24 books, including the bestselling PrayerWalk and The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus
"Fair warning: this book takes the reader on a perilous journey from overwhelming circumstances, through devastating grief and breakdown, and into transformation and peace. Also warning: life may take us on a similar path. That is why I'm thankful that Cynthia Ruchti has offered her new novel, Facing the Dawn, as a treatise on how God and friendships are essential in discovering soul strength amidst the harsh realities of life. If you start this book, be sure to finish it; if you find yourself in the midst of crisis, be sure to keep hanging on to God's promises and truth."
Lucinda Seacrest McDowell, award-winning author Soul Strong and Life-Giving Choices
"Cynthia Ruchti took me on a beautifully healing emotional and spiritual journey through grief that shines a bright light on God's love and faithfulness, with an additional colorful spotlight on the power of graciously relentless friends. Tears and smiles for miles in this one."
Rhonda Rhea, TV personality, award-winning humor columnist and author