There are times that I pick up a book from a new to me author, expecting great things from the book's synopsis, only to be disappointed by a predictable, simple story. And then there are moments when I read a new to me author and discover another favorite. As Waters Gone By definitely falls into the latter category.
From the book's description:
Emmalyn Ross has only a few months left to figure out if she and her husband, Max, can ever be a couple again. In prison for actions that ensured his wife could never be a mother, Max is now scheduled for release, and Emmalyn wonders how she can let him back into her life after all he’s put her through. During his five-year incarceration, Emmalyn moved to the beautiful, but remote Madeline Island in Lake Superior. With the help of a circle of misfit town residents, including the exuberant owner of the Wild Iris Inn and Café, Emmalyn begins to restore her heart while refurbishing her very own island cottage. She learns what it means to love unconditionally and finds that her dream of a house and a home filled with God’s love might become a reality, but only if she and Max can find a way to rebuild their marriage…and win the fight of their lives in the process.
The story in As Waters Gone By can only be described as beautiful. But it isn't always sunshine and roses. Cynthia Ruchti deals with some heavy and deep emotions, and I'll admit that it was sometimes difficult to read about Emmalyn's dark and burdened soul. The book is very introspective with complex character development, and books written in that way tend to make me introspective as well.
But throughout the book, in a way that's not at all preachy or judgmental, Emmalyn learns about hope and new starts and forgiveness. I found myself crying through quite a few parts of the book: the sign of a truly good book that touches my spirit.
This is definitely an author I'll be looking for again. I give this one 5 stars and a PG for content. You can find As Waters Gone By on Amazon here.
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