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As Waters Gone By

By Cynthia Ruchti


Emmalyn and Max Ross may have to endure the fight of their lives to mend the tattered fabric of their marriage. His actions ensured she could never be a mother, and put him in prison, giving their relationship a court-mandated five-year time-out. On a self-imposed exile to beautiful but remote Madeline Island, one of the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior, Emmalyn has just a few months left to figure out if and how they can ever be a couple again.

Nudged along by the exuberant owner of the Wild Iris Inn and Cafe, a circle of misfit people in their small village, and a young girl who desperately needs someone to love her, Emmalyn restores an island cottage that could become a home and begins to restore her heart by learning what it means to love unconditionally. Yet even as hope begins to find a place within the cottage walls, Emmalyn still wonders if she's ready for Max's release. She may be able to rebuild a cottage, but can she rebuild a marriage?

Book Takeaway:

God built resiliency into the human spirit. And He can make families out of broken pieces.


Year Title Description
2015 AWSA Golden Scroll Gold Fiction Merit Award
2015 RT Reviews 4.5 Stars TOP PICK!
2015 Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year finalist, Religion, Adult Fiction

Why the author wrote this book:

I wrote "As Waters Gone By" because I've seen marriages not only live through but thrive in the midst of unimaginable circumstances. I've also heard the thunder of the broken-hearts. So many--those with spouses deployed or whose jobs take them away from home for long stretches--feel the same emotions Emmalyn felt and face many of her issues when they're trying to sustain a marriage when half of the couple is never or rarely home.


"I’m not a fiction reader, but Ruchti’s books are exceptional. Her heart mending story skillfully weaves setting, stretcher bearers, and fine threads of small miracles of hope for a better future."
- Rachel on July 16, 2015

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