One of the books I read sitting by the pool while the mountains of the inner passage slid by my vision was Cynthia Ruchtie’s They Almost Always Come Home. The strong, irreverent voice of a woman who “would leave her husband if she could find him” draws the reader in immediately.
Libby was never an outdoorswoman. As she begins to see what Greg saw in this spectacular expanse of woods and lakes, she begins to see her own mistakes and long for a chance to put their marriage back together. Just when the searchers have given him up for dead, we switch to Greg’s point-of-view as he left home and find out what really happened.
It is easy to see why this book is a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award. Cynthia Ruchti’s writing is gripping. She understands the stresses even Christians feel as they confront tragedy and events beyond their understanding. There are no easy answers here, but there is a rock bottom assurance of God’s presence. I could have done without the extra complications introduced in the epilogue, but Libby’s thoughts on miracles and half miracles, waiting and trusting, are perfect.
I highly recommend this book. It is adventure more than romance, internal struggle in the midst of major external challenges, spiritual reality told in a powerful way. And the setting is spectacular.