I think this book will resonate with the typical family. Loss, grief, struggles, family, friendships, faith and realizing that life changes in an instant. Mara is trying to run the household, keep the kids on track and get through each day while her husband is on another continent working to bring clean water to those who currently are without. She is tired, something with the house is always broken, her two teens test her everyday and she knows she needs to put more effort into her last child.
A tragedy happens, unfathomable and while they are still trying to figure out how to maneuver this new life another imaginable event happens. They must learn to lean on each other as a family to get through what life has handed them. Communication and faith is what will keep the Jacobs family strong in facing the dawn of another day, another event, another obstacle, another friendship, another hand.
I really enjoyed the various characters in this novel. Each had their own personality, and Cynthia is very detailed in letting you feel you are actually Mara. She writes in depth with her thoughts and feelings so you can just read an enjoy the novel. This novel was kind of a heavy read, but there is hope and lessons that remind us we are never alone. This is a good reminder that it is ok to ask for help, and we do not need to carry burdens on our own. Thank you to Revell Books for the free novel.
~ Goodreads – About the Author ~
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed-in-Hope through her novels and novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals, and through speaking for women’s and writers’ events. Her books have been recognized by many top industry readers’, reviewers’, library, retailer, and other honors. Cynthia is the Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five (to date) grandchildren.