Review: Facing the Dawn

Facing the Dawn


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 nine time zones away, caring for widows and orphans. But the reality is that she is exhausted, working a demanding yet unrewarding job, trying to manage their three detention-prone 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.

With emotionally evocative prose that tackles tough topics with tenderness and hope, award-winning author Cynthia Ruchti invites you on a journey of the heart you won’t soon forget.

Rating: 5-stars


Facing the Dawn by Cynthia Ruchti is a novel unlike any other. Its appeal is that it features how wrong our lives can go and how much worse they can get before the light seeps back into it. A strong tale that shows the difficulties most face. Life throws you under a bus and pulls the rug from under your feet at times. In this particular book, that’s what happens. It begins with an already rocky start. A wife is left caring and raising her teen kids while their father is out of the country helping others. The wife is missing her husband and needs his help raising their kids. But it’s not happening. Her kids believe she’s the dictator. Their misbehavior and attitude only adds to the sympathy I felt for this woman. She has come so far only for life to completely unravel. Once it does, it seems their lives have no direction. Yet somehow by the strength of God she and the teens pull through it. Cynthia Ruchti writes an epic tale of woe, heartbreak, and hope. It was beautifully woven and kept me hooked. I recommend it to all. This writer is new to me, and I am glad I decided to read this book of hers. It was wonderful. I can’t wait to read more books by her in the future.

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