Title: Facing the Dawn
Author: Cynthia Ruchti
“But beauty and love are what heal us. They’re closely related, you know,” Mara is reminded by her best friend in Cythia Ruchti’s novel, Facing the Dawn.
~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-eighteen-page paperback targets those interested in a tale of healing broken hearts that are either scared or sacred. With no profanity, topics of drug use, illness, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes the author’s notes, ten discussion questions, a biography, and advertisements.
In this story based mainly in Wisconsin, Mara Jacobs finds herself at the end of her rope with her humanitarian husband in Africa for years, her three children being increasingly distant or rebellious, and her uninteresting job more demanding. When the unexpected happens, she has to learn not only to lean and rely on God’s love but also allow others help her in her healing process.
~ Why ~
Having not had to deal with the sad and tragic experiences that Mara did, I appreciated the raw emotions, struggles to live another day, and fortitude to press on that were displayed in this novel. The characters are well written and show the humanity of life and disappointments that can make one become bitter or forgiving.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like depressing stories of how to move on in life after tragedies may not like this read. Others may find the sarcasm, snarkiness, and incessant overthinking of one character or the pushiness and determination of another cumbersome. There are quite a few sidetrack rantings that do not correlate to the story, altering its flow.
With this being a rather dark read, I found some of the scenes a bit unrealistic, such as why the husband never came home to visit or have the family visit him in the years he was gone. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you like reading a story of loss, faith, hope, and redemption, this one reminds us of God’s relentless love among sadness and family turmoil.
Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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