When Libby’s husband Greg fails to return from a two-week canoe trip to the Canadian wilderness, the authorities soon write off his disappearance as an unhappy husband’s escape from an empty marriage and unrewarding career. Their marriage might have survived if their daughter Lacey hadn’t died and if Greg hadn’t been responsible.
Libby enlists the aid of her wilderness savvy father-in-law and her faith-walking best friend to help her search for clues to her husband’s disappearance.if for no other reason than to free her to move on. What the trio discovers in the search upends Libby’s presumptions about her husband and rearranges her faith.
Cynthia Ruchti’s debut novel is a deeply moving and honest exploration of one woman’s physical search for her husband while confronting a painful examination of her own heart. With compelling and beautiful prose and one of the best first person voices I have read, Cynthia shares deep insights into Libby’s pain over the loss of her young daughter, the estrangement from her husband and the rendering of her faith. As Libby, her devoted friend and gruff father-in-law tackle the magnificent Canadian wilderness in the hope of finding Greg, Libby learns that small discoveries can bring hope and healing to the darkest, most hidden pain of the soul. While the ending felt a little rushed, it did not detract from the poignancy of emotions and penetrating characterisation that make They Almost Always Come Home an essential read.
With thanks to the author for my review copy
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